Organized by: Mason Soun
Memphis Communiversity is a series of programs designed to spread the love of academics, whether that be literature, the sciences, or World Cultures. Our first program -- consisting of three FREE, week-long courses, took place at Christian Brothers University this past July. Students were given an opportunity to learn about material outside a normal high school curriculum, in a collaborative and stress-free environment. Passionate high school teachers (Mr. Spencer Reese, Mr. Jonathan Large, Mr. Steven Gadbois, and Mrs. Nancy Gates from MUS) led the students in three different courses: Literature and the Fantastic (where students read Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Lewis's The Silver Chair, Tolkien's The Hobbit), The Life of Winston Churchill, and Topics in Math Competitions (including Combinatorics, Number Theory, Logarithms, Geometry, and Graph Theory). Please check out our Facebook page for pictures and more info from the event: https://www.facebook.com/memphiscommuniversity
Now our hope is to make this summer program an annual event for high school students as well as start our weekly programs for the upcoming school year. Some of our exciting ideas include a World Culture Night, a Memphis Math League, and a series of book clubs. We designed each program not only to really center on an aspect of learning -- whether that be languages, math, or literature -- but also to be inclusive to a wide segment of the Memphis community. However, each program requires a small amount of funding from donations.
Each donation will solely go to the operational expenses of these programs and the overall Memphis Communiversity organization. These expense include:
- food and drinks for the World Culture Night
- costs for materials
- advertising and printing costs for flyers
- insurance costs
- books for the summer program,
- small prizes for the weekly Math Competition meetings
- potential scholarships
- website costs
Please help us make these exciting ideas into a reality!