Peru: Math and Archaeology of Ancient Peru LAS 3XX
Dr. Robyn Cutright (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Lesley Wiglesworth (Lesley.email@example.com)
This course blends methods from mathematics and archaeology to understand how ancient Peruvians lived and understood their world. Ancient Peru was a crucible for complex human societies. Despite the harsh environmental extremes of the Central Andes, humans settled there 12,000 years ago, independently invented agriculture, and created a series of politically complex states and empires. The Inka were only the most recent in this long sequence. In this course, students will apply mathematical concepts, archaeological data, and ethnographic methods to describe, analyze, and compare different cultures. We will also explore how Andean cultures devised their own mathematical tools and used math (such as symmetry and fractals) in their architecture, engineering, and art.
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Includes: flights, all transportation and lodging, all entry fees, and two meals a day.
If you are interested in applying for this course, please be in direct contact with the faculty directors named above or apply here.
Western Europe – France, Belgium, and Germany
Western Europe History HIS 473/GER 305
Dr. Sara Egge (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Ian Wilson (Ian.email@example.com)
Students will examine World War II in both historical context and post-war memorials by following the Allied invasion of Europe on the western front. In particular, the course follows American soldiers and their experiences fighting in the European Theater. Students will start in France on the beaches of Normandy, marking D-Day and the invasion of France on June 6, 1944. Students will retrace the steps of American soldiers, first southeast to Paris, which they liberated on August 25, 1944, and then northeast, through the Herten and Ardennes Forests. By November, Americans reached the banks of the Rhine River before the Germans launched a massive counter-attack known as the Battle of the Bulge on December 16, 1944. Students will explore the Battle of the Bulge, which lasted through January 1945, before crossing into Germany, just as Americans did in early 1945. Student’s will deviate slightly to visit a key location during the period before and after the war, Nuremberg, then return to the path of the fighting in Germany, visiting Weimar and the nearby Buchenwald concentration camp. The course ends in Berlin, where the war in Europe concluded with the surrender of Germany.
Includes: flights, all transportation and lodging, all entry fees, and two meals a day
Belize: Caribbean Ecology, BIO372
Dr. Mark Galatowitsch (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Kelly O'Quin (email@example.com)
We will explore Belize’s tropical forests, which are teaming with wildlife, and, just offshore, the world’s second largest coral reef system. Our three-week course will be evenly split between these fascinating Caribbean ecosystems to understand what makes each so unique, but also connected. Inland we will hike in the Belizean savanna and the heart of the Chiquibul Tropical Forest Reserve, along with paddling the Sibun River. Offshore we will snorkel coral reefs and mangroves around Tobacco Caye and other nearby islands. We will also experience Belize's rich cultural heritage by visiting ancient Maya archaeological sites and learning about the garifuna culture. A major component of this course will be learning how to conduct field ecology research on coral reef and tropical forest ecosystems by collecting our own data, analyzing and presenting the results.
This course will fulfill an Upper Division course requirement for the Biology major. All other majors are very welcome too!
Pre-requisite: BIO110 or instructor permission
Please note: this course is physically challenging. It requires strenuous hiking in hot and humid weather, along with an ability to swim.
Includes: Domestic and international flights, ground transportation, 3 meals/day, accommodations, and activities.
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Japan Pilgrimage in the East: Actual and Environmental Footprints. ASN/ENS
Dr. Robert Schalkoff
Students will, within the larger context of experiential learning, explore the interconnection between spiritual and physical worlds focusing on concepts such as enlightenment, human and environmental deification, respect, awareness, and sustainability through a three week, walking pilgrimage experience in Japan. Students will learn basic tenets of Japanese Buddhism as well as Shinto, a spiritual belief system unique to Japan. At the same time, they will focus on environmental issues directly related to pilgrimage sites on the island of Shikoku and the prefectures of Tokushima and Matsuyama, where students will be trekking . Visits to temples, shrines, and other related historic, natural, architectural, and cultural heritage sites will provide physical context. Meetings with scholars, experts, and local religious leaders as well as key players in the tourism industry will help students understand the complex issues that arise when religion, tradition, and tourism meet. Students will read background literature prior to departure and record and rewrite in narrative form their experiences in the field, comparing and contrasting their own reflections to the readings, exploring emergent themes and their reactions to them. Time will be set aside each day for writing and reflective activities. Students will discuss their observations in meetings held periodically throughout the course. On the second to last day in the field, students will present an initial summary of their learning through presentations or creative projects. This course has limited space available.
A $500 deposit is due on March 12, and the remainder is due May 1st.
Apply directly to the director, applications due by Feb 17th. (Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org) Cost $4200
The Art of Pilgrimage (Spain)) ARH310/REL 310/PHI390
Dr. David Hall (email@example.com)
This course is intended to immerse students in the tradition, theology, culture, and environment of pilgrimage. Specifically, this course will allow students to explore the significance of pilgrimage by performing the actions of a pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. For over 1000 years, people of faith have traveled to the burial site of St. James in Santiago. The routes to reach Santiago flourished in the medieval era, paths that were walked by princes, kings, and ordinary peasants. As a result, each town along the way to Santiago bears vivid material evidence, for instance, in the ecclesial art and architecture, of the popularity of this practice. Students enrolled in this course will walk in the footsteps previous pilgrims upon the well-trod Via Frances northern Spain. By delving into this practice, students are expected to gain a deeper knowledge of the role of ritual practice in religion as well as an understanding of the continued significance of physical ritual in the contemporary world.
Includes: Flight, transportation, visits, 2 meals/day, accommodations, classes, and activities.
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Global environmental Health and Development in Gambia ENS 320 or (3XX)
Dr. Jean Faye (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Brett Werner (email@example.com)
This course is an interdisciplinary course that examines the human-environment-health interactions in Gambia. It will focus on diseases such as Cholera, Tuberculosis, Dengue Fever, and Ebola among others that have decimated many lives in the West Africian region, along with other components of public health abroad.
It also explores the country's public health facilities and model of development.
Includes: Flight, transportation, visits, 2 meals/day, accommodations , classes, and activities.
If you are interested in applying for this course, please be in direct contact with the faculty directors named above.
Tahiti: "Returning" Pacific: Huahine to Tahiti FRE 268/414: HUM 243 : ENS 258
Dr. Christian Wood (Christian.firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Marc Demont email@example.com)
Our rigorous course, either for Humanities or French credit or ENS credit, offers students established Tahitian structures in which to live sustainably, practice ecologically sound methods, and to develop a framework for critical assessment based upon experiences. We will question the logic of consumer culture and of the ‘post-card’ image of the regions, as well as what it means to have visited a foreign place. We thereby engage with many assumptions in “modernity,” “progress,” and “development”. Course themes include sustainability (in food and dwelling for instance); confronting socio-economic realities beyond ‘the postcard’ (poverty, obesity, for instance); Tahitian language and culture; French colonial influences informing the assumptions of “civilization”; and the cultivation of sustainable relationships with local persons.
Cost: $4050: This cost includes 3 meals per day, full access to every event, and all transportation logistics leaving from Cincinnati (CVG), Los Angeles, LAX, and returning to LAX, and then CVG.
If you are interested in applying for this course, please be in direct contact with the faculty directors named above or apply here
New Zealand: Physical Science of Volcanoes
Physical Science of Volcanoes: NSC250
Dr. Joe Workman (firstname.lastname@example.org) Dr. Kerry Paumi (Kerry.email@example.com) Dr. Jeff Fieberg (Jeff.firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Physical Science of Volcanoes is designed to introduce our students to the fundamentals of geology and volcanology through the lens of the New Zealand volcanoes and geothermal landscape. Students in our course will: Review and discuss basic historical geological principles including: the current scientific theories for the formation of the solar system and the earth, a study of the evolution of geological time scales and the development of modern plate tectonics. Define and distinguish different types of volcanos, volcanic eruptions and other geological phenomena. Experience, classify and compare geological samples from various sites throughout New Zealand. Analyze historical volcanic eruptions and assess their impact on the fields of volcanology and modern volcano monitoring. Research and summarize the role of volcanoes in historical and modern society both globally and in the history and culture of New Zealand. Develop oral and written communication skills related to the dissemination of scientific information to a general
audience. Reflect and relate to the global culture surrounding volcanoes and other significant geological events.
If you are interested in applying for this course, please be in direct contact with the faculty directors named above, or apply here
El Salvador: Liberation Theology in El Salvador
Liberation Theology in El Salvador & Latin America thought and Philosophy. PHI 3XX LAS 3XX/ REL348/LAS 348
Dr. Eva Cadavid (Eva.email@example.com) Dr. Rick Axtell (Rick.firstname.lastname@example.org)
These courses provide an introduction on the history and culture of El Salvador and its people through the lense of Liberation Theology and Latin American philosophy. We will stay in homestays with families and work alongside the community as we learn from each other about social justice, empowerment, and creating peace and community after conflict. Cost $3550 Includes: 3 meals per day, lodging, plane ticket to El Salvador, and transportation in country.
If you are interested in applying for this course, please be in direct contact with the faculty director named above, or apply directly on this document.
Continuity & Change : London 2021 (Great Britain) HUMXXX
Dr. Milton Reigelman (Milton.email@example.com)
How is London, not too long ago the largest and most important city in the world, adapting to current geopolitical and cultural changes? Why is it still the most powerful magnet for tourists from around the world? We’ll approach these questions through readings from different disciplines, lectures by London experts, and daily explorations around the city and beyond: to Stonehenge, Bletchley Park, Reading, Hampton Court, and Kew Gardens. Each student will research and present to the class a key museum, site, or institution connected to their academic or personal interests.
$3675 covers all basic costs (round-trip airfare, in-country transportation, housing, meals, excursions within London and train/bus trips beyond, entrance fees.
By Feb. 10th, e-mail me your name, current class, proposed or actual major/minor, rough GPA, past study-abroad and/or international travel experiences. Full details can be found in this flyer.
If you are interested in applying for this course, please be in direct contact with the faculty director named above.
Genocide and Public Memory in Modern Namibia
Dr. Jon Earle (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Katrin Bahr (email@example.com)
The course explores Namibia’s colonial and postcolonial past through the lens of colonial remains (architecture), current politics, narration and memory culture. The class will start with Germany’s endeavor in South West Africa in 1882, which culminated in the first genocide of the twentieth century, setting in motion forces that would help contribute to the Holocaust. The course ends by exploring ongoing debates over the return of Namibian skeletons and remains from Germany and initiatives in Namibia to take down colonial monuments, change street names, and to bring Germany’s colonial past into the public discourse.
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Happiness in the Land of Enlightenment (Bhutan) PSY3XX
Dr.Jennifer Goetz (Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Travel with me to Bhutan, the last great Himalayan kingdom, to explore Bhutan’s cultural identity in all its complexity. We will investigate what it means for a country to measure progress through Gross National Happiness rather than Gross National Product, and examine the tensions between tradition and progress and their impact on culture and environment.
Together, we will experience how modern day Bhutanese culture has been shaped by its rugged and amazingly diverse landscape, early influence of Tibetan Buddhism, and a robust tradition of resistance to outside rule. We will hike to the famous cliffside monastery Taksthang Goemba (elevation 10232 ft), visit the historical fortress capital of Punakha Dzong, and trek through nature preserves such as the Phobjikha Valley (Bhutan, one of the smallest countries in Asia, has one of Asia’s most diverse ecosystems). Our classroom will be this fascinating country; our teachers will be Buddhist monks, local experts, and students at Royal Thimpu University.
Includes: flight, transportation, visits, 2 meals/day , accommodation and activities.
If you are interested in applying for this course, please be in direct contact with the faculty director named above.
Merida Internships (Mexico)
Dr. Genny Ballard (email@example.com)
Students with advanced proficiency in the Spanish language are eligible to live and work in Merida for 3-4 weeks in January. It is a great opportunity to professionalize one's Spanish language abilities, to prepare for a career, and to embed yourself in the local community.
Cost: $950 (does not include airfare)
Includes: All meals, homestay, and a day excursion in Merida
If you are interested in this course please contact Dr. Genny Ballard and/or Mrs. Karen Ryan ( firstname.lastname@example.org )