Saturday Academy Fall 2012 Application

Saturday Academy at the Museum of the City of New York is located at 1220 Fifth Avenue Please fill out all the boxes below to apply for Saturday Academy. All applications must be submitted online by Tuesday, October 9. Enrollment is first-come-first-served. Accepted candidates will be notified by email, mail, or telephone by Monday, October 22. Once you have answered every question below, click the "submit" button at the bottom of this application or it will not be processed. Once you've clicked "submit," your screen will indicate that "your response has been recorded." Sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
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Please review the courses below, and look carefully at the times each course is offered before answering the remaining questions in Step 2.

Arts Movements in New York: From World War II to the 1960s

Open to students in grades 8 - 12; 9:00 - 10:20 am or 10:30 am - 12:00 pm After World War II, New York City emerged as the art capital of the world. The dynamic downtown environment in Greenwich Village served as an incubator for artistic movements such as pop art, beat literature, and folk music. Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, and other seminal artists radically altered American art and popular culture. Participants in this class will explore how these artists represented the voice of a new generation, and how their work often provided incisive social and political commentary on American society.

Futurama! America's World's Fairs and Envisioning the World of Tomorrow

Open to students in grades 8 - 12; 9:00 - 10:20 am or 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Before television, internet, and other modern media, people flocked to World’s Fairs in the 19th and early 20th centuries to gain exposure to cultures from around the world. Through exhibitions and demonstrations of new technology, visitors were awed by visions of the future put forth by corporations and governments. In 1939-40 and 1964-5 New York City was host to World’s Fairs, both of which were held in Flushing Meadows, Queens. In this course, students will revisit past World’s Fairs and consider their lasting impact on urban planning, race relations, technology, consumer products, entertainment, and memory. Towards the end of the course, students will take a gallery tour of MCNY’s new exhibition Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s. Drawing inspiration from the time capsule created in the 1939-40 World’s Fair, students will make a time capsule representing life today.

Voices of Resistance: Photography and Poetry of the Civil Rights Movement

Open to students in grades 8 - 12; 9:00 - 10:20 am or 10:30 am - 12:00 pm The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s was a landmark of grassroots protest and the struggle for racial equality. Students will explore the role photography and poetry played in capturing and communicating the ideas and dramatic events of the Civil Rights Movement. Participants will also examine how visual culture and poetry served as instruments of resistance and protest. There will be a culminating project using photography to comment on this pivotal period in American history.

From Epidemics to Heathcare Reform: The History of American Medicine

Open to students in grades 8 - 12; 12:15 - 1:45 pm This class will explore how disease, science, and medicine have shaped American history, often in ways we cannot even imagine. Through games, group work, and lectures, students will explore questions such as: How many physicians were on the Mayflower? Why did Civil War soldiers fear disease as much as they feared bullets? How did the American healthcare system evolve over time? What is the Affordable Care Act? Students will examine turning points in medical history, such as the use of vaccines to prevent disease outbreaks, advances in surgical procedures, and the introduction of pharmaceuticals. Participants will also think about medical practice by examining trends in medical experimentation and ethics. As a culminating exercise, students will present on the work of American Nobel Laureates and how their research has impacted medicine today.

Bell Curves SAT Skills

Open to students in grades 10 - 12; 9:00 - 10:20 am or 10:30 am - 12:00 pm The Bell Curves SAT Skills course is designed to help students succeed on the SAT exam. The course will improve students’ understanding of the skills tested by the SAT and then teach them strategies for applying those skills in efficient ways. With the help of expert and supportive instructors, students will learn how to pace themselves and will become more familiar with the test format and question types. After taking two mandatory practice tests, students will leave the classroom prepared and excited for the big test. Students in the SAT class will be required to take two free practice SAT exams on the first and last days of the program (Saturdays, October 27 and December 8 from 12:15 - 4:30 pm at the Museum), directly after their regular morning classes. Lunch will be served. Please save these dates and times!

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