York 8

Welcome to York 8

Follow the 2014 conversation about the four freedoms, at the York 8 Four Freedoms Blog..

Welcome to all of our returning and new students! We are really excited about the year!

Our Current Expedition

Four Freedoms

York 8 is enthusiastically kicking off The Four Freedoms expedition to explore concepts of freedom by first looking at Norman Rockwell’s famous paintings of the four freedoms, printed in the Saturday Evening Post in 1943. These paintings -- Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear, Freedom of Speech, and Freedom from Worship -- were inspired by Franklin Roosevelt’s State of the Union speech in 1941. As students examine these images and their historical context, they study the concepts and meanings of the same freedoms today through a variety of readings, service fieldwork, discussions with guest lecturers, movies and other research. Students then express their personal experiences and reflections on the ideas of freedom through a variety of writing and visual art projects, culminating with the Freedom Collage exhibition, which we hope to have projected on a public building this year!