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In the summer of 2016, Centre is offering several options for study around the world. As we do each summer, we offer a program in Strasbourg that runs for three weeks immediately following Commencement. Other summer offerings include a program in Barbados, a Holocaust Travel Seminar, and more.


Centre faculty member Genny Ballard will also lead students to Costa Rica for a Kentucky Institute for International Studies (K.I.I.S.) program. And there are more than 20 additional K.I.I.S. programs in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

2016 Summer Programs

France: Early Summer Strasbourg Program

European Cultures of Memory (HUM 281)
May 23-June 13
Students are introduced to Strasbourg, Alsace, France, Germany (across the Rhine River), and the European Union while living in Centre’s Strasbourg apartments and exploring the city and region. Students will work to understand monuments, memorial, museums, and a novel as expressions of collective memory. Students with no French will have some “survival French” at the beginning of the course. The second weekend, from Thursday through Sunday, is free for individual travel in Europe; students spend the last three nights of the course in Paris. Course requirements include readings on the history and culture of Strasbourg, Alsace, and France, as well as in-class quizzes and a final reflection paper. More information will be available at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 18, in the Davidson lounge in Old Carnegie. You must get permission from Dr. Reigelman in the Center for Global Citizenship before making a non-refundable $500 deposit by Monday, January 25,, to hold your spot. The land-only cost of the course is $1800: $500 deposit due by Monday, January 25, and the remaining $1300 due on Tuesday, April 5. The cost including air travel is $2900: $500 deposit on January 25, $1200 on Tuesday April 5, and $1200 on Tuesday, May 3.

Barbados: Research in Primate Behavior

(BNS 450)
May 23—June 20
This course offers students the opportunity to study feral monkeys in their natural habitat. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the behavior of green monkeys; develop proficiency in the methods and data analysis techniques commonly used in field research; gain an appreciation for the rich culture, history and ecology of Barbados; and identify ways to improve or sustain a deteriorating natural habitat. Throughout the course, students will conduct field observations of the monkeys during the day and then review book chapters and articles as the basis for discussion during class meetings. After familiarizing themselves with the behavior of the monkeys, students will develop a research question, collect appropriate behavioral data, conduct statistical analyses, and present their findings. Profs. Melissa Burns-Cusato and Brian Cusato. For more information, see one of the directors. Estimated cost: $4000. Application deadline March 1. $500 deposit due by March 15. Half of program cost ($2000) due April 1 with remaining $1500 due May 1.

Holocaust Travel Seminar

3 credit hours
May 23 – June 4
This new opportunity for Centre students begins with four nights in Berlin and moves to Prague and Krakow before ending in Warsaw, Poland. The study of the Holocaust includes visiting three of the most notorious concentration camps: Buchenwald, Auschwitz and Treblinka. The $4000 cost includes all travel between sites, entrance fees, administrative fees, health insurance, all breakfasts, and many dinners. Led by Prof. Steve Haynes at Rhodes College, the program is open to Centre and Sewanee students. There may be scholarship money available. Contact Prof. Reigelman in the Center for Global Citizenship.

The K.I.I.S. program in Costa Rica

(6 hours of Spanish, Education, or Social Justice courses)
June 1–June 27
This program, directed by Centre Professor Genny Ballard, qualifies for a Centre senior subsidy. Students experience the sights and sounds of the tropics while living with Costa Rican families. Through classroom activities and excursions, students have the opportunity to explore the country—swimming in hot springs, walking in tropical rainforest canopies, visiting coffee plantations, and hiking along beaches. The program begins at the Arenal Volcano and moves to San Marcos de Tarrazu, then continues with a trip to the beaches of the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific Ocean, home to monkeys, sloths, scarlet macaws, iguanas, turtles, and dolphins. See Prof. Ballard for more details. The course runs from June 1– June 27. Cost: $250 application fee and $3,150 (without airfare).

The K.I.I.S. program in Merida

As part of the KIIS summer Mexico program, Spanish professor Iulia Sprinceana will be teaching Intermediate Spanish I and II in Merida, Mexico. The courses will cultivate communicative skills and cultural awareness and will further develop students’ speaking, writing, reading, and listening comprehension. Students will review Spanish grammar and practice written and oral expression in addition to studying a variety of texts in Spanish, many of which will be chosen to supplement what the students will be experiencing in Merida. Coursework is enriched with cultural excursions while enjoying Merida’s vibrant culture of festivals. Students often cite the unique homestay experience as one of the hallmark of the KIIS Merida summer program; students learn firsthand about daily life in Mexico, its institutions, social customs and cultural practices through the homestay program. For more information, contact Prof. Sprincenana.

Spend a semester in one of eight countries:

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