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  • Locations: Atlanta, United States; Birmingham, United States; Montgomery, United States; Selma, United States
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: Memphis applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2020 11/01/2019 12/01/2019 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Public Memory, Rhetoric, & Civil Rights 
Atlanta, Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery
March 1 -  4, 2019
Program Description: This program is associated with a class that is studying Civil Rights, Rhetoric and Public Memory.  During the Spring semester students will have the opportunity to travel to Atlanta, Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery to see Civil Rights monuments, museums and sites.  A portion of the course is devoted to how US Civil Rights history and symbols work throughout international publics specifically focusing on international public memory of Martin Luther King Jr, Muhammad Ali and the global influence of the protests of the 1968 Olympic games.  The travel portion of the course is a three night four day trip to Atlanta, Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery. 

Study Away: This is a domestic program that takes place in the United States.

Faculty Leader: This program will be led by Dr. Christina Moss ( of the Department of Communication and Film.  
Program Fee Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
(Subject to Change)
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Accommodation 
  • Board
  • Transportation 
  • Personal Spending
  • Incidentals 
Course Information: Participants will enroll into one of the following courses for the Spring 2019 semester.
  • COMM 4210 Special Topics in Communication: Public Memory, Rhetoric, & Civil Rights
  • COMM 6210 Special Topics in Communication: ​Public Memory, Rhetoric, & Civil Rights
Course Description: ​The purpose of this course is to analyze and critique the rhetorical commemoration of Civil Rights.  Specific attention will be paid to the legacy of Civil Rights Movements and their cultural and political implications on race, class, and gender.  The course asks students to consider what political narratives and memories are "displayed" and how such displays narrate cultural values. During a portion of Spring Break students will travel to sites in Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma.  During this trip students will visit commemorative sites significant to Civil Rights Activism.

Tentative Itinerary:
March 1 Memphis to Atlanta
Visit MLK Institute
March 2 Atlanta to Birmingham and Selma
Civil Rights Museum
Kelly Ingram Park
6th Ave Baptist Church
Selma Interpretive Center
Voting Rights Museum
March 3 Selma, Montgomery and Tuskegee
Brown Chapel Church
March across Edmund Pettus Bridge
Rosa Parks Institute
Tuskegee Institute 
March 4 Return to Memphis
Scholarship: The University of Memphis Study Abroad Scholarship is available for full-time graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduate students must have have a minimum 2.75 GPA. Graduate students must have completed 6 semester hours and be in good academic standing. Students participating in this program should apply for the Spring Break scholarship. The application deadline is November 1st.