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Cornbread and Sushi hits the road

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Cropped Cornbread Book CoverSPARTANBURG, S.C. – For 12 students and two English professors, Wofford’s January Interim term will consist of an exciting road trip throughout the Southeast, visiting some of the South’s most acclaimed literary talents.

The “Cornbread and Sushi on the Road” Interim course is a follow-up to the fall academic course, “Cornbread and Sushi: Exploring the Real and Imagined Rural South,” which brought to campus an impressive slate of visiting writers, historians and performers. With financial support from the Watson-Brown Foundation of Georgia, the road trip will have the spirit of a rolling seminar, as the students and faculty members will travel around the South in vans.

The group will depart on Jan. 8 after orientation and preparation for the trip. Their visits with authors will be structured around reading the writers’ works, visiting their homes, exploring their communities, eating their food, petting their dogs, picking their greens, and discussing with them vital issues concerning the changing nature of the rural South.

Their current travel schedule is as follows:

Jan. 8 – Depart for Carrboro/Chapel Hill, N.C. Lunch with Randall Kenan; dinner with Kenan, Hal Crowther and Jill McCorkle at Akai Hana Japanese Restaurant (owned by Crowther and his wife, novelist Lee Smith).

Jan. 9 – Depart for Roanoke, Va. Meal and walk with Thorpe Moeckel along Tinker Creek.

Jan. 10-11 – Travel to Charlottesville, Va. Tour of Monticello and the Southern Environmental Law Center.

Jan. 12 – Travel to Hatteras Island, N.C./Outer Banks for a hike with nature writer Jan DeBlieu.

Jan. 13 – Travel to Wilmington, N.C., by way of Wilson, N.C. Visit with Clyde Edgerton.

Jan. 14 – Travel to Charleston, S.C., for lunch with Liz Scarborough Rennie (Wofford Class of 2002), a recipient of the Ben Wofford Prize for her novel, “Tangle.”

Jan. 15 – Visit with Josephine Humphreys in Charleston/John's Island, S.C.

Jan. 16 – Explore Hilton Head and Daufuskie Island, S.C., with Roger Pinckney. Travel to Savannah, Ga.

Jan. 17 – Visit with Craig Barrow at Wormsloe Plantation in Savannah, Ga.

The group will return to Spartanburg on Thursday, Jan. 18. From Jan. 22-26, they will have day trips to meet with writers George Singleton and Ron Rash, and eat organic food with South Carolina farmer Fran Davis.

The following students will be participating in this Interim project: Martha Albergotti, a junior from Anderson, S.C.; Stewart Barber, a sophomore from Cumming, Ga.; Elizabeth Bethea, a senior from Newberry, S.C.; Greg Clark, a senior from Charleston, S.C.; Erin Coy, a senior from Charleston, S.C.; Meredith Dark, a first-year student from Pamplico, S.C.; Margaret Ann Mabry, a junior from Spartanburg, S.C.; Ashley Mancill, a first-year student from Spanish Fort, Ala.; Jessica Miller, a sophomore from Cowpens, S.C.; Teddie Norton, a senior from Gainesville, Ga.; Will Prosser, a freshman from Johnsonville, S.C.; and Betsi Taylor, a junior from Georgetown, S.C. They will be accompanied by John Lane and Deno Trakas, professors of English.

The Interim term provides students and faculty an opportunity for non-traditional learning. Innovation and experiment are the foundation of the Interim, permitting and encouraging students and professors to explore the new and untried, and in doing so, to run risks that could not be justified in the traditional academic semesters. Students are offered a variety of choices for Interim – traveling with faculty members as guides, participating in off-campus internships, or conducting an independent study project individually or in small groups. All programs have some type of academic component.

For more information, contact Karla Parris, assistant director of news services, at (864) 597-4181 or karla.parris@wofford.edu.