Quest Summer Scholars
A PRE-UNIVERSITY PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 10—12
Experience a week of engaging in an academic course in the mornings, and participating in related social and recreational activities in the afternoons and evenings. You will participate in leadership activities as you explore the local area through hikes and excursions, choose workshop projects in media including photography, graphic design, and videography, and have optional activities from yoga to bouldering to ultimate Frisbee.
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Week 1: July 10th-15th
Food and Society (Melanie Bedore)
"If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him . . .the people who give you their food give you their heart." ~ Cesar Chavez, farm worker and labour activist
We all know that food is necessary for survival, but do we spend enough time and effort analyzing the ways that food works in the world? Are we really living amid an obesity epidemic? How should we eat, for our own health and for the planet? What should we do with the millions of kilograms of food waste produced each year? Students of Food and Society will spend a lively week exploring the many ways that food is central to our lives. We will discuss, for example, the role that food plays in social interactions and family life; the causes of food insecurity and what North Americans are doing to address it; and the politics of eating organically, locally, and fairly. To address these topics, students will have critical discussions, watch and critique videos, read news media pieces, and take field trips in the Squamish area. If you are a human who eats food, this is the class for you! In the words of M.F.K. Fischer, one of the most accomplished of American food writers, "First we eat, then we do everything else."
Movements in Social Justice (Ahalya Satkunaratnam)
What is the meaning oppression and the practice of liberation? What have feminist, anti-racist and indigenous movements produced and do we still need social justice or are we in a post-feminist, post-racial society? Drawing on the interdisciplinary approaches in Women’s Studies and Cultural Studies, this course will examine social movement and liberation in theory and practice. We begin the course by looking at concerns and debates of the early social movements. We conclude with considerations of social movement in popular culture and social media. This course introduces students to analyses of identity (gender, race, class, sexuality, ability and nation) that are situated in cultural theory and offers practice in employing theoretical approaches to examining issues of difference in our world.
Week 2: July 17th-22nd
Communicating Climate Change (Ellen Flournoy)
Many of us care about environmental issues, especially climate change. Climate change is so often the focus of social media and news coverage that everyone knows what they should do about it, right? Wrong! Uncover the destructive ways in which the media typically frame climate change and learn what effect that negative communication has on everyday people who want to make a difference. Practice strategies to tackle this important issue using tools recommended by experts. After all, our response to climate change will soon be in your hands!
Views of Latin America through Film (Bianca Brigidi)
What do the films "Cidade de Deus," "Amores Perros," "Motorcycle Diaries," and "Even the Rain" have in common? What do they tell us about the Latin American societies in which they were produced? Why did Latin American filmmakers of the 1980s and 1990s begin to move away from magical realism towards social realism? How did they change their filmmaking techniques to advance these new approaches, and what is the enduring appeal of stories that portray grim realities, but never without the possibility of redemption at the end? These and other questions will be addressed in this seminar which focuses on the comparative study of cultural production. Our explorations will reveal the diverse populations of Latin America through films. Students will complete readings and conduct discussions of these masterpieces to unpack their impact on broader cultural studies. In this course we will watch and analyze films made in Latin America, by Latin Americans and about Latin America. Students will analyze, discuss and design critical reviews about these materials in the form of a final project using mixed digital and visual media.
$875* residential (includes tuition, accommodation, all meals and activities)
per week (Sunday to Friday)
$450* Local Commuters (includes tuition, group dinners, and activities) per week
Note: students staying more than one week have weekend meals and activities included
* plus applicable taxes