Centre Professors Lead Six International
RELEASED: Dec. 20, 2000
DANVILLE, KY -- Centre College professors will lead six study-abroad programs during the winter short-term, which begins in early January. A total of 74 students will participate in the programs, covering academic content in fields ranging from religion to psychology.
Phyllis Passariello, professor of anthropology, will lead 21 students through parts of Spain, Portugal and Morocco in an academic program entitled "The Anthropology of Tourism." For several years, Passariello has pursued scholarly research on the ways that indigenous cultures can attract tourism trade. Passariello's work also shows the impact that tourism has on local people and their way of life.
Brent White, Matton Professor of Psychology, will host 17 students in Barbados for research on primate behavior. An expert on psychobiology, White has previously taken Centre students to Barbados, where the Barbados Wildlife Preserve offers a unique opportunity for field research with monkeys that are wild, yet accustomed to human contact.
Rick Axtell, assistant professor of religion and college chaplain, will guide 12 students through a program in Nicaragua, for an academic study entitled "Liberation Theology." Axtell has traveled and studied extensively in underdeveloped countries looking at issues including poverty, homelessness and hunger; political repression; and local religious expression.
Tom McCollough, professor of religion, is responsible for a group of eight students who will tour Rome and parts of Turkey in a study entitled "The Bible in Context." McCollough is an expert on Biblical archaeology, leading Centre students in an annual summer program that focuses on archaeology in the Holy Land. His winter-term trip will explore other geographical areas significant in the New Testament.
Beau Weston, professor of sociology, is directing 11 students in a trip to South Africa for an exploration of "Race and Ethnicity" In the course of their travels, his group will meet with John Goodman, a recent Centre graduate who won a Fulbright Fellowship and is teaching and studying on Réunion, a French island off the southeast coast of Africa.
Godfrey Gibbison, a former visiting assistant professor of economics at Centre, is hosting five students for internships in Jamaica, where Gibbison now teaches. He arranged for the students to live at the University of Kingston, and he has helped each student set up a local internship with a government or trade agency.
In addition to these short-term trips, the college will have 60 students
and three professors involved in long-term residential programs in England,
France and Mexico, as well as three students in Japan on an exchange program.
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