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3 CTY students standing in front of a world mapA new humanities program for older students at Dickinson College, new sites in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and California, and four new courses are what’s new this summer at CTY.

Here are some details:

CTY’s Institute for Advanced Critical and Cultural Studies will be offered for the first time at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. from July 15 through August 3, 2018. To attend, students must have finished 10th grade by the start of the program, and be at least 15 years old.

CTY’s Institute for Advanced Critical and Cultural Studies reflects CTY’s fundamental commitment to advancing humanistic and interdisciplinary fields of study that expose us to a diverse range of voices, arguments, and discussion and encourage us to inhabit and learn from the perspective of others. Through these efforts, we can together learn to process and challenge who we are as nations and peoples, to understand how we got here, and to imagine where we might be going.

In courses such as “Playing God: The Ethics of Human Subjects Research” and “You Will Be Offended: Satire, Comedy, and Public Discourse students will hone the reading, writing, and thinking skills necessary not only for succeeding in a rigorous college or professional environment but also for being engaged citizens who can empathize with others of diverse perspectives to effectively negotiate a complex, changing world.

For students in grades 2-6, CTY has a host of new sites this summer. The Gilman School in Baltimore, Md., a new day site, will offer one-week and three-week CTY courses from July 1-20. In addition, the Woodland School in Portola Valley, Ca. (in Silicon Valley) will offer three-week day courses for young students from July 1-20. CTY is also the process of identifying a new day site in the Los Angeles area, so please check the CTY website for details.

For residential students in grades 5-6, CTY has a new site at Ursinus College, in Collegeville, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia.

As for courses, CTY is offering four new courses in the humanities for students in grades 7 and above this summer. In Etymologies, students will explore how two “dead” languages, Latin and ancient Greek, are a vibrant and dynamic presence in the ongoing development of the English language. Students taking Dissent will examine dissent in the U.S. its diverse forms, using the creations of the disenfranchised to get to the heart of the cultural, political, and social injustices they fought--and continue to fight--against. In Goodwives and Witches: Women in Colonial America, students will examine the diverse roles women played in colonial life, from wife and mother to religious leader, farmer, business owner, midwife, indentured servant, and slave. And in Newton, Darwin, and Einstein, CTYers are encouraged to consider the commonalities among these individuals, thinking critically about how each affected academic disciplines by overturning the traditional thought processes behind explorations of social and natural sciences.

Media contact:
Maria Blackburn,, 410-735-6263

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