Wyatt directs Vietnam travel-study program
DANVILLE, KY -- Centre College history professor Clarence Wyatt recently led 24 Centre students in a travel-study program in Vietnam during the winter short term. The trip, which focused on Vietnamese history and present-day Vietnam, spanned the entire country, from Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south.
Wyatt is the author of an award-winning book about the role of the American press during the era of the Vietnam war, and he made sure the students saw the cities, regions and landmarks that were central to the conflict. The students crawled through former Viet Cong tunnels and visited other sites that were critical in the war, including the DMZ (demilitarized zone) and Khe Sahn.
The students began their tour in the north, visiting Hanoi, Halong and Cat Ba Island. They traveled to Danang and visited Hue, the imperial city, and Hoi An in the central highlands and Ho Chi Minh City. In a highlight of the trip, they met with U.S. Ambassador Douglas Peterson.
Centre places a heavy emphasis on overseas study. The college ranks among the top ten U.S. colleges and universities in the percentage of students studying abroad. Centre sends around 130 students each year to its long-term residential programs in England, France and Mexico, and another 100 students participate in shorter programs during the winter term.
This year's winter trips included destinations in Italy, Greece, San Salvador Island and Japan, along with Vietnam.
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Students who completed the Vietnam trip were:
Coordinator of public information: Patsi Barnes Trollinger