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JanTerm 2020 courses
MayTerm 2020 courses
Students in this course will take Spanish at a local school, participate in excursions throughout Seville, and live with host families. The goal of this course is to immerse students in the language and culture of Spain.
This experience will offer a background in history, literature, and contemporary political and social aspects of Paris so that students can participate in the life of the city "like a Parisian."
Our social and political worlds have been shaped by conquest and domination, which have significant implications for our cultural identity development. This course uses Hawaii as a case study to explore the emergence of and treatments for historical and cultural trauma. In addition to learning about cultural identity theories, Hawaiian history, and cultural practices, the course will highlight the perspectives of Native Hawaiians themselves through a variety of cultural immersion experiences on the island of Oahu. Students will visit cultural sites, have opportunities to learn from Native Hawaiian cultural experts, and volunteer with a local non-profit organization that utilizes trauma-informed care.
Students will travel to San Miguel del Allende, Mexico for a 10-day poetry writing workshop. The itinerary includes San Miguel Poetry Week, one of the oldest and most important poetry fests in Mexico. After the festival, students and faculty will remain in San Miguel for several days to participate in local activities such as seeing local architecture, going to the botanical gardens, going to natural hot springs, travel to a local pyramid, horseback riding in Coyote Canyon, and a visit to the mummies of Guanajuato, all the while writing poems about their experiences.
Students will work on local environmental solutions to global climate change for a village community in northern Thailand and help with a variety of community development projects. In addition, the class will be exploring the vibrant cities of Bangkok, Chian Mai, and ancient Ayutthaya.
Students have the opportunity to conduct research led by Professor Swift and visit different sites of interest, including Kruger National Park.
Students in this course will visit landmarks of Jane Austen's life and work in order to better understand the novels she wrote and the "heritage industry" that those novels brought to life in Southern England and in film, television, and the internet. The itinerary includes Winchester, Southampton, Chawton, Portsmouth, Lyme-Regis, Bath, and London.
This course will explore Greek history, culture, and...beaches with stops in Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Sparta, Mycenae, Naxos, and Santorini.