All students in the Humanities Program (registered for HUM 103) are required to take part in the pre-orientation program Sapere Aude, four days of community building and close reading and discussion of key texts and artifacts with Humanities faculty, librarians, and fellows.

It's a great way to start your Davidson College experience with your Humes cohort and the Humanities Fellows before others get to campus. You get to know all eight faculty members who teach you throughout the year.

The Sapere Aude retreat takes place Aug. 8-12, 2020 at a retreat center in beautiful, cool Banner Elk, N.C. Following Sapere Aude, students can participate in the STRIDE program (Aug. 12-15), international student orientation (Aug. 13-15, but accommodations have been made for International Students to stay on campus for the night of Aug. 12), Bonner orientation (Aug. 15) or in their athletics team's pre-season activities.

Students not participating in one of those pre-orientations are required to take part in a short Service Odyssey (Aug. 12-15) for Humanities students only also, in Banner Elk, N.C., and return to campus on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020.

Service Odyssey for Humanities students involves an in-depth look at the challenges of economic and environmental sustainability in the southern Appalachian highlands.

Sapere Aude and Outdoor OdysseyYes! Students signing up for the Humanities Program who are interested in participating in the Outdoor Odyssey must choose either Session 1 or Session 2. Outdoor Odyssey offers robust financial aid and travel stipends.

Humes students take only a small bag for the pre-orientation. They can drop off their things in the college warehouse on Friday, Aug. 7, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 8, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. These are the only hours available to store things until regular orientation. Regular drop off is Saturday, Aug. 15.

The buses to Banner Elk, N.C. for the Sapere Aude pre-orientation retreat will begin loading Saturday, Aug. 8 at 1:30 p.m. and depart campus at 2 p.m. from the Baker parking lot and return Saturday morning Aug. 15, 2020 around 11 a.m. A separate bus for STRIDE participants and international students will arrive on campus around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12.