Summer at St. Luke's

Humanities Seminar: Iran

Abby Abbott

St. Luke’s is pleased to announce the latest installment of its 
Summer Humanities Seminars. This two-week summer class, led by Upper School History teacher Abby Abbott, allows students to take a deep dive into timely humanities subjects that push beyond the classic high school curriculum.
The Summer Humanities Seminars are blended classes with the first week being online and the second held in the classroom.
These courses will introduce college-level discussion format and work to improve students’ writing and reading comprehension. This course is for rising St. Luke's 9th-12th graders. 

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Part I: Online

August 1-11
Online readings, video lectures, online discussions, and a short paper to be completed at the student's own pace between Aug. 1 - 11. 

Part II: In Classroom

August 12-15
8:00 - 9:30am 
This part will consist of four 1.5-hour classes on the St. Luke’s campus.

COST: $350
Space is limited.

If you have any questions, please contact Abby Abbott.


The Turbulent Journey: The Beginning of the Iranian Islamic Republic and the End of American-Iranian Friendship
Despite 150 years of formal and informal diplomatic ties, the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979 violently severed American-Iranian relations. This blended seminar will explore the origins of Iranian statehood and American friendship as well as the current consequences of America's past support for the authoritarian Pahlavi Shah Regime. Additionally, students will learn how the founding ideals of the Islamic Revolution and ousting of the secular Shah, coupled with the taking of 52 American hostages, irrevocably altered the political landscape that now informs American-Middle East policy today. Along with studying the contributing factors to the Islamic Revolution, this class will delve into the seemingly strange bedfellows created in its wake (e.g. American support for Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war). And yet, even while considerable tension between Washington and Tehran exists, thousands of American tourists make their way to Iran each year. In 2017, I spent 17 days in Iran touring, exploring, and learning. Using this experience as a lens to frame our study, students will be given a focused and balanced view of the past, present, and future of Iranian-American relations.
St. Luke’s School is a secular private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.