Participating in a 2018 CentreTerm Abroad Program
Students should apply directly to the faculty directors by February 15, 2017. Faculty directors will notify all applicants of the selections by March 1. Students then have two weeks to make a non-refundable $500 deposit to hold their spot; this deposit is due in the cashier’s office (inside Horky House) by March 15. Students will make a total of four payments for a CentreTerm abroad course. The total cost will be divided into thirds, with $500 of the first third being due as the deposit on March 15. The remaining one-third will be due by March 31*. The second third will be due on Sept. 14, 2017; the third and final payment will be due on Nov. 15, 2017. (For example, if the total cost of your course is $3000, the students will pay $500 by March 15, $500 on March 31, $1000 on Sept. 14, and the final $1000 on Nov. 15). Costs include airfare, lodging, entrance to all museums, excursions, and two meals per day (unless otherwise noted below).
*The dean will look at the number of students who’ve made the first one-third payment for each course on April 3; she will then approve courses that have enough students participating.
NOTE: You may need to store your belongings at Centre while you are away and move into a different residence hall when you return for spring term.
2018 Abroad Courses
Baltic States: “The Singing Revolution” in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania
After spending the first half of the term on campus studying the music, culture, and history of the Baltic region, the course will move to the Baltics for on-site visits, cultural exchanges, and performances. A focus will be the so-called “Singing Revolution,” the collective forms of organized resistance through song that bound Balts together in their struggle for independence from the Soviet Union in in the age of glasnost and perestroika (1989-91). This academic course will also function as a performance tour of Centre College’s auditioned choral ensemble, Centre Singers. As such, all participants will be chosen by audition, based on their vocal qualities, sight-reading abilities and aural skills. Contact Prof. Johann Van Niekerk.
Estimated cost, $3800
Brazil: Latin American Culture: Urban life in Latin America OR Brazil’s Racial Paradise: Myth or Reality?
(SPA 271 for Latin Am. Culture; LAS 271/AAS 210 for Racial Paradise)
This double course will take students to two major cities in Brazil, the large urban center of São Paulo in the southeast and the historic port city of Salvador da Bahia in the northeast. Students taking SPA 271 will be introduced to Latin American culture through a focus on urban space, while students enrolled in LAS 271/AAS 210 will discover how race impacts Brazilian society. Each course will draw on different readings to explore the Latin American city, race, and ethnicity. Students will share all on-site activities and have the opportunity to enhance their cultural knowledge by this shared participation. Contact Profs. Laura Chinchilla and/or Satty Flaherty-Echeverría.
Estimated cost: $4350* (cost still tentative)
Costa Rica: Latin American Thought and Philosophy
This course will focus on three central concepts in Latin American thought and philosophy: identity formation, environmental sustainability, and social empowerment. Students will explore these concepts in theory as well as in practice; readings and participation in a community project that exemplifies one of the central concepts, either environmental sustainability or social empowerment, will allow students to make connections to identity formation in Costa Rica. Students will also enjoy activities at a wildlife refuge, the Tempisque River, and other Costa Rican areas. Contact Prof. Eva Cadavid.
Estimated cost: $3040 (includes all meals)
Greece: Drama and Math in Ancient Greece
In this course, students examine the dramatic arts and mathematics as practiced by the ancient Greeks, including ways in which the two disciplines intersect. The peoples of ancient Greece utilized both disciplines as ways to process and understand their changing world; ultimately, they transformed both drama and mathematics and created many fundamental elements and practices that continue to influence the modern age. During this course, students will walk in the Ancients’ shoes by visiting sites on the Greek mainland (Athens, Delphi, Epidaurus), the islands of Samos and Delos, and Miletus, Turkey. Visit http://web.centre.edu/alexmcal/Greece2018/ for more details, or contact Profs. Alex McAllister and Patrick Kagan-Moore.
Estimated cost: $3990
Italy and Switzerland: DisCERNing Leonardo—Art, Science, and the Renaissance Man
(ARH 2XX/PHY 264)
Students will build on and extend their knowledge of Florentine Renaissance art and architecture taught in Humanities 120 by living in Florence and considering the related scientific breakthroughs of that era by Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo. Students will then take the train from Florence through the Simplon Pass (itself the subject of great works of literary and visual art) to Switzerland, home of the Large Hadron Collider, the largest scientific experiment ever built; students will visit Geneva and C.E.R.N. before returning to the States. Contact Prof. Bruce Rodenborn.
Estimated cost, $3550
Japan: Nagasaki—Rebuilding a Metropolis
Nagasaki has been destroyed twice, once by policy and once by atomic bomb. The city offers students a unique place to gain a basic understanding of modern Japanese history and Japan’s relationship with the international community through trade, cuisine, religion, and war. Students will hear firsthand the stories of atomic bomb survivors, descendants of hidden Christians, and current international residents. They will read background literature, visit related sites, and compare what they hear in the field to their readings, exploring emergent themes and their reactions to them. Contact Robert Schalkoff.
Estimated cost: $3800
London: Urban Politics
London still lives up to Dr. Samuel Johnson’s famous 18th-century dictum: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” In this course, students will study the politics of cities, towns, and their communities, focusing especially closely on the case study of London. The issues facing modern towns and cities, including crime, public education, aging infrastructure, gentrification, racial segregation, immigration, and poverty, will be investigated. Students will also discuss the influence of politicians and citizens on the very cities they live in. Course prerequisite: POL 120 or permission of instructor. Contact Prof. Chris Paskewich.
Estimated cost: $3800
Mérida Internships: Centre-in-the-Yucatan
Students live in homestays and complete carefully selected internships with a Mérida business, hospital, school, or other organization (depending on the student’s interests). Intermediate SPA is required. Contact Leigh Cocanougher or Mindy Wilson.
Cost: $950 plus airfare
Learn more at the informational meeting at 11:15 on January 12, 2017, in the Davidson Room of Old Carnegie.
Morocco and Spain: Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share a long history of interactions in these regions dating back to the 8th Century, when much of the Iberian Peninsula came under the control of Muslims who crossed the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco. The class will visit historical sites and active communities in Marrakech, Casablanca, and Fes in Morocco. The class will then cross the Gibraltar by ferry into Spain and explore historical, architectural, and cultural sites in Seville, Granada, Cordoba, and Toledo. Contact Profs. David Hall and/or Matthew Pierce.
Estimated cost: $3900
New Zealand: The Physical Science of Volcanoes
Students will be introduced to the physical science of volcanoes during 21 days in New Zealand. The course will explore basic geology, how volcanoes are formed, the different types of volcanoes, volcanic hazards, and other geothermal features like hot springs and geysers. Good physical fitness is required since much of the course will involve hiking on rough terrain on and around volcanoes. Prerequisite: any introductory physical science course or permission of instructors. Contact Prof. Kerry Paumi or Prof. Joe Workman and see http://web.centre.edu/workmanj/NZ2018/HOME_NZ.html.
Estimated cost: $3900