Meet Our Participants


Jahred & Iris


"Working behind the scenes as Instructional Student Assistants for SYRCE has been such an amazing experience. It's so interesting to see the creativity brought by students through their perspectives on different eras. The Spring 2016 Symposium was a total success, and we're so thankful to be a part of it!"Iris & Jahred, SYRCE ISAs


Past SYRCE Student Noah


"The seminar rekindled my passion for theater, some of the lectures inspired a new passion for Native American Studies. The diversity of topic allows you to travel to different cultures. The best thing about this course is the different looks and angles from the same year, 1848."Noah, THAR 273 Student, Fall 2014.



Past SYRCE Student Shawnee


"I enjoyed SYRCE because it was an opportunity for students to be pushed 'out of their box'. An opportunity to study diverse disciplines with different professors, all in one course." Shawnee, THAR 273, Student, Fall 2014.


Past SYRCE Student Analisia


"I learned holistically what the year 1848 entails from different perspectives: AMCS, CALS, NAMS, ENGL, PHIL, THAR, MUS, etc. I learned that there was a lot of innovation and revelation during this time period [1848]."Analicia, PHIL 273, Student, Fall 2014.


Gregory Roberts

"Being a member of the SYRCE faculty has been one of my most challenging, rewarding and enlightening teaching experiences at SSU. By showing our students multiple points of views and approaches to a single subject matter; they can experience ten possible majors in the Arts and Humanities, while satisfying General Education requirements. This interdisciplinary approach to GE is an ambidextrous solution to the expanding future in higher education."Gregory Roberts, ARTS 273, Professor of Ceramics, Department of Art and Art History, Spring 2015.


Catherine Kroll

"Teaching in the English SYRCE course has made me think differently about my own teaching and about my students. SYRCE for me is a journey into making things: not only making sense of individual texts and making expressive projects using digital humanities tools, but also making wide-ranging connections between the art, music, philosophical thinking, and cultural practices of those living in 1848 on both sides of the Atlantic. In the SYRCE mega-course, our students, the next generation of interpreters of the humanities, fearlessly take the lead to create projects using new media to represent our past."Catherine Kroll, ENGL 273, English Professor, Spring 2015.


John Kornfeld

"So many students produced impressive projects! I especially enjoyed talking with the students about the projects and the course [itself]. They were knowledgeable, engaged, and enthusiastic. And, of course, the play was a highlight of the day. What a pleasure to watch a bunch of young men speaking so eloquently about love!"John Kornfeld, SSU Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies, Fall 2014.



"It was a pleasure […]. I thought the work was well done, I saw students engaged, and I thought that it was of great value. I spoke with two other professors who were open and supportive of the students’ works […] It was cool. Next year Zachary [my son] comes!"Nicholas, SSU Alumnus and parent of future SSU student, Fall 2014.