The High School AP history students had a unique opportunity on Friday afternoon…to take part in a class taught by Furman University President Ron Smolla, who is one of America’s foremost experts on issues relating to freedom of speech, academic freedom and freedom of the press.
As a Furman alumna myself, I had the opportunity to go to lunch with President Smolla and a few other Nashville Furman alumni and hear the president’s thoughts on the state of the school and his new initiative and focus on admission and students! After lunch, I joined President Smolla and some Furman Admission representatives as they toured Ensworth ending with sitting in on the AP History class that Smolla taught.
President Smolla led a very interactive class where he assigned the students a new role of Supreme Court justices. Smolla himself served as defense attorney, the prosecution, and all other roles involved in the case. He presented all the facts on a fictional case that was composed of bits and pieces of different trials that he had presented to the Supreme Court when he was a lawyer. When he had finished his presentation, he allowed the students to argue the sides that they agreed with and reach a conclusion as to which side should win. After the students got the hang of interjecting and asking questions, they all seemed to really enjoy the class and get a better understanding of how trials look in the Supreme Court.
It isn’t often that students have the opportunity to sit in on a high school class taught by a university president! We really President Smolla’s taking the time to visit Ensworth and spend some time with our students.
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