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UChicago Summer Scholars

2019 Summer Session has concluded. Program and course information will be updated in December for Summer Session 2020.

Thanks to the support of the Women’s Board of the University of Chicago, the College is excited to launch the inaugural UChicago Summer Scholars program. Top Black/African-American students are invited to apply for an opportunity to participate in a select Summer Session course free of charge.

Students selected will receive a full scholarship to participate in the Summer Session course: “I, Too, Am America”: African American, Native American, Latinx, and Asian American Poetry and Poetics. See course description below. Students will take full advantage of the city of Chicago and the resources of the University through a visit to the Poetry Foundation in Chicago and the University Libraries Special Collection on campus.

Being a UChicago Summer Scholar is a great way to get an early look at college-level classes and get a feel for life on campus and in Chicago. You’ll also learn in-depth about the application process for highly selective universities with the guidance of UChicago admissions counselors.


Eligibility: current high school juniors

Applications will be accepted online beginning in early December. The Priority deadline to apply is February 27, 2019. Rolling admissions is offered for this program. There is no application fee to apply. Review the Application Overview pages for more detailed information.

Tuition & Fees

All programs expenses are covered by the program.

Course Dates

July 22- August 2

Move-in: July 21
Move-out: August 3

Course Description

“I, Too, Am America”: African American, Native American, Latinx, and Asian American Poetry and Poetics.

Although intrinsic and crucial to a general comprehension of US literature, minority poetries tend to be neglected in general surveys of American poetry. This course explores four of the most prominent ethnic minority traditions—African American, Native American, Latinx, and Asian American—with a focus on the nationwide development of minority poetries in the twentieth century and its present situation. Through reading the work of poets such as Myung Mi Kim, Amiri Baraka, Simon J. Ortiz, and Gloria Anzaldúa, students will develop an understanding of how each of these poetic traditions engage with their colonial pasts and their histories of national incorporation, and how they conceive of poetry and art. In addition to close reading poetry together in class, students will also read critical essays that examine key concepts such as the tension between particulars and universals, the centrality of racialized bodies, and the aurality of minority poetry. Visits to the Poetry Foundation downtown and the University of Chicago Libraries Special Collection, as well as guest lectures, will round out students’ exposure to the themes of the course.

Instructor: Geronimo Sarmiento Cruz, Lecturer, English Department