In April 2011, Iowa University's International Writing Program launched Writers in Motion, a study tour of the Mid-Atlantic and the American South, where eight international writers explored the theme of "Fall and Recovery." The writers traveled to Gettysburg, New Orleans, the Achafalaya Basin, Birmingham, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. to examine the different challenges presented by historical crises and upheavals, both natural and social.
The writers were introduced to events such as the Civil War, Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill, Urban Renewal, and the Civil Rights movement. What they discovered was a nation divided along race, class, and federal (versus local) governance.
To read more about the tour: iwp.uiowa.edu/projects/inMotion/index.html
To read the writers blog about the trip: writersinmotion.blogspot.com