Leave the classroom and studio behind and come outside to the Helix Project: a fresh, revolutionary approach to cultural history. Helix is an immersive residential summer program that transforms scholars, artists, and activists into cultural archaeologists.
The Helix Project has been growing in depth and breadth since we launched in 2011. Starting in 2016, Helix expanded to unfold over two years of collective study, community building, and cultural exploration. In even years, students coalesce as a group and gather together for a 10–day intensive seminar at the end of summer, just prior to the start of the academic year. The program culminates with Yiddishkayt’s trademark month-long immersive residency in Europe. Over the course of these two summers students, artists and scholars immerse themselves in regions that for centuries sustained a vibrant and dynamic multi-ethnic civilization before the genocidal devastation of the twentieth century.
Each part of the program is curated and led by leading scholars of history, literature, and politics, as well as young cultural activists and Helix alumni. Year One of the Helix Project begins with a series of digital collaborative learning modules. In August, Helix participants gather for their first residential colloquium in Southern California. There, they take intensive crash courses in the languages, history, and culture of Eastern European life, while also learning and practicing methods of mindful listening and discussion, all skills necessary for our unorthodox style of study and travel.