Discover SRQ

A new course designed for first-year students offering engagement with the surrounding communities, focused on archaeology and history.

Discover SRQ: History, Archaeology, Heritage

A new course designed for first-year students to debut in Fall 2017

This course offers engagement with the college’s surrounding communities across Sarasota and Manatee counties, focused on archaeology and history.

The course will be taught by Uzi Baram, professor of Anthropology and director of the New College Public Archaeology Lab and Andrea Knies, assistant director for community engagement at the Center for Engagement & Opportunity.

There is a rich heritage in this region and the course will mix field trips and classroom presentations.

We will discover a complex history that spans ancient peoples more than 14,000 years ago to the contemporary landscape, with particular concern for gender, class and race, and their legacies.

The course includes first-hand observation, archival research, artifact analysis, reflections, discussions and guest lectures.  Commemorations, memories, monuments and landscapes of heritage will conclude the course.


  • See the sights of Sarasota and Manatee counties;
  • Learn about the past of the region and the politics of heritage;
  • Meet leading regional heritage professionals;
  • Skills in observing and documenting places with images and words;
  • Contribute to preserving regional heritage, for social justice.


  • Attendance and participation
  • Weekly journal entries
    • Draw a map of the place
    • Write 2-3 double-spaced pages
  • Final project: Two options following in the footsteps of Jane Jacobs, an urban activist who encouraged people to get to know their cities and their neighbors as a way to build community
    • a. Paper (10-12 pages)
    • b. Video or PowerPoint


Students will read four books for this course:

“A Land Remembered,” by Patrick D. Smith (1984 by Pineapple Press).
This novel has been ranked No.1 Best Florida Book eight times in annual polls conducted by Florida Monthly Magazine. In this best-selling novel, Patrick Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons.
Find it on Amazon.

“Archaeology, Heritage, and Civic Engagement: Working toward the Public Good,” by Barbara J. Little, Paul A Shackel (2016 by Routledge)
The definition of “public archaeology” has expanded in recent years to include archaeologists’ collaborations with and within communities and activities in support of education, civic renewal, peacebuilding, and social justice. Drawing from the archaeological study of race and labor, among other examples, the authors explore this crucial opportunity and responsibility, then point the way for the discipline to contribute to the contemporary public good.
Find it on Amazon.

“Hidden History of Sarasota,” by Jeff LaHurd (2009 by Arcadia Publishing)
Sarasota, Florida, a one-horse farming town turned thriving winter residence of the Ringling Bros. Circus and flocks of snowbirds, has experienced more than its share of quirky characters and peculiar events. Learn about the illustrious John Ringling, the real identity of the King of Hobos, and more fascinating, forgotten stories that made Sarasota the exceptional city it is today.
Find it on Amazon.

“Our Unprotected Heritage: Whitewashing the Destruction of our Cultural and Natural Environment,” by Thomas F. King (2016 by Taylor & Francis).
Most Americans agree that our heritage―both natural and cultural―should be protected. Then why does development run rampant, aided―rather than limited―by government inaction? In this hard-hitting critique of the heritage-industrial complex, King points the finger at watchdogs who instead serve as advocates, unintelligible (often contradictory) regulations, disinterested government employees and power-seeking agencies, all of whom conspire to keep our heritage unprotected.
Find it on Amazon.