Participating in a 2019 CentreTerm Abroad Program
Students should apply directly to the faculty directors by Feb. 6, 2018. Faculty directors will notify applicants of their selections by Feb. 28. Students then have a week and a half 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 9. 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 9. The remaining one-third will be due by March 28*. The second third will be due on Sept. 13, 2018; the third and final payment will be due on Nov. 7, 2018. (For example, if the total cost of your course is $3000, the students will pay $500 by March 9, $500 on March 28, $1000 on Sept. 13, and the final $1000 on Nov. 7). Costs include airfare, lodging, entrance to all museums, excursions, and two meals per day (unless otherwise noted by the faculty director).
*The dean will look at the number of students who’ve made the first one-third payment for each course on March 30; 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.
CentreTerm 2019 Abroad Courses
Belgium and Spain: Ghent, Brussels, and Madrid—Cabinets of Wonder: A History of Museums
Museums serve to shape the ways in which we understand ourselves by reconstituting and representing the past. This course will explore museums of all kinds as sites that organize, structure, and produce knowledge about history, identity, art, and politics. In addition to our three host cities, we’ll tour Bruges, Antwerp, Ypres, and Toledo and visit museums ranging from the Prado and Reina Sofia in Madrid to the WWI Museum in Ypres during the three-week course. Contact Prof. Jay Bloom.
Estimated cost: $3875
Belize: Caribbean Ecology
This course will provide students with an introduction to tropical ecology extending from the tropical highlands to the Caribbean Sea. The course will focus on the two major Caribbean ecosystems: rainforests and marine environments. Students will first study the complexity of rainforest ecosystems to understand why they are so biodiverse, exploring links between terrestrial and marine ecosystems by canoeing on a portion of a freshwater river. Afterwards, students will study the ecology of coral reef and mangrove habitats. Along with covering important ecological processes and learning about local biodiversity, students will also connect these concepts to Belize’s rich Mayan past and modern conservation challenges. This course will involve strenuous hiking and frequent snorkeling; moderate physical fitness and the ability to swim will therefore be required to participate. Open to any student who has taken BIO110 or receives permission from the instructors. Contact Profs. Mark Galatowitsch or Marie Nydam.
Estimated cost: $3700
Cuba: Cuba’s Post-Revolution Economy/Topics in Latin American Anthropology
(ECO 322/ANT 459)
As they explore the island of Cuba for 19 days, students will be exposed to the myriad mysteries of this once “forbidden” destination. Anthropology students will seek to develop a deeper understanding of Cuban culture, addressing questions of gender, race, identity, religion, and globalization. The economics course will examine the evolution of Cuba’s economy since the Revolution, with a focus on recent efforts to privatize certain sectors of the economy. Students in both courses will learn about the political, social, and economic structures in Cuba. The class will begin in Miami with a visit to Little Havana, then explore the Cuban cities of Santiago, Holguín, Camaguey, Sanctí Spiritus, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Havana, and finally, the Valley of Viñales. Contact Profs. Robyn Cutright or Marie Petkus. If traveling to Cuba in January 2019 is not allowed due to U.S. State Department travel warnings, this course will be slightly modified and will take place in Costa Rica and Panama.
Estimated cost: $4500 (plus airfare to Miami)
England: Rise of the Computing Machines
Visit Stonehenge, the Meridian Line at Greenwich, and the Royal Observatory as we learn how the ancients predicted the “movements of the heavens.” Tour London and see the “Analytical Engine” designed by Charles Babbage and programmed by Ada Lovelace in the 1830s. Walk among the “huts” of Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing’s computers cracked the secret codes of the Nazis to turn the tide of World War II. In London, Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Exmoor National Park, and other sites, we will explore the ideas at the heart of computer science, the minds of the brilliant people who first conceived those ideas, and the social and historical contexts in which Babbage, Lovelace, and Turing worked and lived. Contact Profs. Tom Allen or Alex McAllister.
Estimated cost: $4000
France and Germany: World War II—History and Memory on the Western Front
(300-level HIS; GER 305 option)
This team-taught course will follow the path of the U.S. Army from the landing on the beaches of Normandy to the Nazi capital in Berlin. Between the two locations, students will follow the fighting on the Western Front, traveling to Paris, the site of the Battle of the Bulge, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, and the concentration camp Buchenwald. The course will emphasize how American, French, and German cultures remember the war through memorials, museums, and art. The course also will highlight themes of geography, architecture, and war. Students with German language skills may enroll in GER 305 (Introduction to the Cultural History of Central Europe, prerequisite GER 210 or equivalent). Contact Profs. Sara Egge or Ian Wilson.
Estimated cost: $3700
Ghana: Education in a Developing Nation
Within a community-based framework, students will observe and analyze another culture from the inside. In response to specifically framed questions, the class will enhance its critical-thinking skills and written communication. Students will learn about the culture as they interact with family members in their homestays, teach in a rural setting, practice anthropological fieldwork, and tour local/regional sites. Students’ culminating work will be the implementation of their educational or anthropological activities in a rural Ghanaian school. Contact Prof. Sarah Murray.
Estimated cost: $3850
Italy: Ancient Rome—A Story of Empire Through the Ages
(upper-level POL or CLA 346)
Travel to Pompeii, Rome, and Florence to explore how ancient Romans lived and how modern Italy has embraced their legacy. The classroom will be the Roman Forum, Colosseum, Tuscany, the Vatican, and other sites as the class investigates how the political needs of each historical period have continually reshaped the legacy of ancient Rome. Students will learn about these sites through selected readings from antiquity, the Renaissance, and modern Italy, as well as readings on current cultural, political, and economic issues in Italy today. Contact Profs. Danielle La Londe or Chris Paskewich.
Estimated cost: $3850
Japan: Roots of Mindfulness
This course is an immersive experience in the interaction between culture and nature in Japan through the analysis of Zen Buddhism, Shinto, and the Japanese practice of forest therapy. The connections between these areas and their relation to environmental, physical, and mental wellbeing will be explored through reading, contemplative practice, visits to cultural/historic sites, and spending quiet time in nature. The course is open to all and particularly appropriate for those interested in psychology, ENS, religion, or health. Contact Profs. Aaron Godlaski or Matt Klooster.
Estimated cost: $4100
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
Spain: The Art of the Pilgrimage
(REL or ARH 310)
For more than 1000 years, people of faith have traveled to the burial site of St. James in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This course is intended to immerse students into the tradition, theology, culture, and environment of pilgrimage. Students should be physically fit and eager to be outdoors, as they will explore the significance of pilgrimage by performing the actions of a pilgrim—i.e., walking—a portion of the pilgrimage route to Santiago. Students will also experience the culture of different regions in Spain, and realize the Islamic influence on Christian art and architecture. Travel will include stops in Madrid, Zaragosa, towns in Rioja, Leon, Burgos, Santiago, and Fisterre, which overlooks the Atlantic and is the official final destination of the Camino. Contact Profs. David Hall or Lee Jefferson.
Estimated cost: $4000
Thailand and Singapore: Conservation and Education
in Asia—Approaches to Teaching Sustainability in Thailand and Singapore
This joint environmental studies/education course will take students to Chiang Mai and Bangkok in Thailand and Singapore to explore how diverse communities are addressing the major environmental challenges currently facing Southeast Asia, focusing on conservation, sustainability, and environmental education. While the region’s environmental problems can seem overwhelming, many communities, nonprofits, local governments, and schools are exploring ways of countering environmental problems and teaching citizens about the importance of environmental protection. Students in this course will encounter first-hand some of the environmental challenges associated with economic growth in Asia; explore a range of perspectives on environmental education in Singapore and Thailand; and work with environmental activist groups to make development projects in Asia more sustainable and just. Readings are drawn from environmental and education studies and include theories offered by both Western and Southeast Asian scholars. Contacts Profs. Ellen Prusinski or Brett Werner.
Estimated cost: $3950
Uganda: Religion and Politics in Eastern Africa
Through cultural immersion and modular learning, students will critically engage with local cultures, communities, and histories, where they will practice and develop the necessary research skills to critically explore Africa’s sophisticated social and moral landscapes. Students will discover the long history of kingship and local politics while studying and learning alongside Ugandan students and scholars. In addition, students will have an immersive homestay experience, whitewater raft the Nile River, enjoy a safari, and more. Contact Profs. Jon Earle or Jennifer Goetz.
Estimated cost: $3900