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Past International Study Seminars

Summer 2008

Fresco & Mosaic: History in the Making
Faculty: Andrea Campbell, Assistant Professor of Art , Kathy Muehlemann, Associate Professor of Art

In May-June 2008, join art department faculty to explore Rome and Florence. In Rome, the group will see mosaics and frescoes including ancient (St. Peter’s, the Domus Aurea, and the neighboring port city of Ostia), medieval (Sta. Prasede, Sta. Maria Maggiore, San Clemente), Renaissance (Villa Farnesina, Vatican) and contemporary works. In Florence, the group will have the opportunity to contemplate the original function of late Medieval and Renaissance frescoes in situ at Sta. Maria del Carmine, Sta. Croce, the Monastery of San Marco, and Sta. Trinità. From Florence the group will take a day trip to Siena to observe frescoes in a largely intact late medieval setting. The group will also see works in major museum collections. Prerequisite: ART204, offered Spring 2008.

St. Lucia & The Caribbean: Learning Through Service
Faculty: Brad Bullock, Professor of Sociology , Sabita Manian, Associate Professor of International Relations at Lynchburg College

The on-site service learning component of this unique course focuses on the relationship between the politics and economics of sustainable development and voluntary activities. This will be an exciting and collaborative trip with students from Lynchburg College and with the organizational expertise of PEACEWORK, an international village network organization that specializes in service learning. A required, one-week, pre-departure orientation course will be held on the Lynchburg College campus followed by nearly three weeks of travel in May-June 2008. This four-week program will explore the concept of development in the unique context of the Caribbean, through direct participation in service learning projects students will carry out on the beautiful island of St. Lucia. We will seek to understand economic and social empowerment created through grassroots community organization, efforts to encourage self-determination (e.g., through entrepreneurial skills, micro-finance or fair trade schemes) and initiating actions for preserving the local ecology, landscapes and cultures.

Summer 2007

Healers & Doctors in the Andes
Mario Incayawar, 2006-07 William F. Quillian, Jr. Visiting International Professor
Lise Bouchard, language instructor

Runajambi, the Institute for the Study of Quichua Culture and Health, has offered Randolph students and faculty the opportunity to study the Quichuas' health and traditional medical system. The program will also provide a rich intercultural learning experience through first-hand and close interaction with the Quichua (Indigenous People) of the Andes. The seminar will take place in the beautiful area of Otavalo, a town located in the Northern highlands of Ecuador. Supplementary activities include a field trip to Ilumán, a Quichua healer's community, and Ibarra, a small medicinal plant market. The group's journey will be chronicled by economics professor John Abell at .

Winter Break 2006-2007

Journaling Global Change: Baja California Sur
Karin Warren, Assistant Professor and Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies
Laura-Gray Street, Assistant Professor of English

Travel with professors Karin Warren & Laura-Gray Street to the School for Field Studies Las Palmas research site in Puerto San Carlos, Baja California Sur. Engage in both scientific and literary explorations of environmental and global change science: Endangered species survey (sea turtles), aquaculture, observation of marine mammals and ecotourism (gray whales). The trip will be just over a week in length and award two credit hours (including a four-week prep course during the last four weeks of the fall 2006 semester).

Summer 2006

Capitals of Culture: Paris & Berlin in the Modern Age
: Gerard Sherayko, Associate Professor of History
Jaymes Anne Rohrer, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages (French)

During the decades immediately before and after the First World War, an unprecedented explosion of artistic creativity emerged from the cafes, cabarets, and studios of Paris and Berlin. Through visiting major museums, galleries, and cultural sites and studying the output of painters, sculptors, writers, musicians, architects, and filmmakers we will seek to understand why this era witnessed such a cultural flowering that directly challenged centuries-old ideas and conceptions. We will also examine the impact of this creativity and the political reaction to it in an attempt to place these developments into the larger context of an emerging modern culture. All students must participate in a pre-trip orientation seminar, which will meet for two hours every other week throughout the spring semester. During the semester each student will develop and submit a study research proposal, which includes a post-trip presentation. Students who have some background in the languages will be encouraged to include a linguistic component in their research projects. The program will award three credits.

Theatre on the Fringe: London & Edinburgh
: Kenneth Parks, Associate Professor of Theatre
Andrea Campbell, Assistant Professor of Art

Students will explore the heart of British Theatre, from the reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to the National Theatre in London, before launching into a week of immersion in the cutting edge energy and excitement of Edinburgh’s annual Fringe Festival. By comparing the sights and sounds of both cities and the theatrical trends that set them apart, students will appreciate how London’s West End and Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, the largest festival of it’s kind in the world, are similar, yet unique, cultural expressions. Traveling by train to Stratford upon Avon for a visit with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and north across Hadrian’s Wall to Edinburgh, the return trip will take us down Britain’s eastern coast and past the white cliffs of Dover.

The group will attend performances, view exhibits, and explore and discover how London and Edinburgh have grown up around their unique cultural landmarks. Students are expected to develop a paper topic from their observations for presentation in the fall. All students will participate in a pre-trip orientation seminar during spring semester. Readings will be taken from The English Stage: A History of Drama and Performance by John L. Styan, Peter Docherty’s Design for Performance; Diaghilev to the Pet Shop Boys, and The Theatrical Event:  Dynamics of Performance and Perception by Willmar Sauter. The program will award three credit hours.

Summer 2005

Japanese Culture and Society
Fumiko Radile, Assistant Professor of Japanese

Professor Fumiko Radile will acquaint students with the framework of Japanese history, culture, and society during pre-departure orientation and the class will then travel to Japan and visit sister schools in Nagasaki and Hiroshima for two weeks. Students will attend lectures provided by the local college faculty or experts, visit key sites related to the lectures, participate in discussions, and spend the entire period with local Japanese families.

Spring Break 2005

Italy: Mosaics & Painting
Susan Stevens, Professor of Classics and Kathy Muehlemann, Associate Professor of Art

Professors Susan Stevens and Kathy Muehlemann will travel with students to Rome for 10 days over spring break '05. Students will view works in their original setting and visit sites in Rome and its environs where Etruscan (Tarquinia), Roman (Ostia, Rome, Palatine, Domus Aurea, St. Peters) and medieval (Sta Prasede, Pudenziana, Sta Maria Maggiore, Sta Maria in Trastevere) mosaics and frescos are in situ. Students will also see major works in museum collections in Rome, particularly in the Vatican, Villa Giulia, Museo Nazionale Romano.

Summer 2004

Russia: Art & Culture
: Klawa Thresher, Assistant Professor of Russian Studies

A two-week study tour of Russia's cultural centers — Moscow and St. Petersburg — from an historical and cultural perspective. Participants studied masterpieces of Russian art and architecture at major museums, galleries, churches, monasteries, and palaces in addition to attending performances in each city.

Theatre in the Renaissance
Faculty : Ken Parks, Assistant Professor of Theatre
Mara Amster, Assistant Professor of English

A two-week study tour of northern Italy and Barcelona, Spain focusing on Theatre and Drama in the Renaissance, the Neoclassic Ideal, and the legacy of the Middle Ages. Students looked at the development of theatre architecture and new scenic practices as an expression of the theatre's changing role in society. Readings from Bibbiena, Shakespeare, Johnson, Lope de Vega, Calderon, and others will provided a basis for the study as well as insight into the social climate of the times and an illustration of theatrical convention.

Summer 2003

Japanese Culture and Society
: Fumiko Radile, Assistant Professor of Japanese

Professor Fumiko Radile acquainted students with the framework of Japanese history, culture, and society during pre-departure orientation and the class then traveled to Japan and visit sister schools in Nagasaki and Hiroshima for two weeks. Students will attend lectures provided by the local college faculty or experts, visit key sites related to the lectures, participate in discussions, and spend the entire period with local Japanese families.

Summer 2002

Coming to Terms with the Past: The Federal Republic of Germany and the Czech Republic
: Linda Thomas, Professor of German Studies
Gerard Sherayko, Assistant Professor of History

Germany is unique in that the country's history includes both a National Socialist as well as a socialist/communist past. Almost every decision made in Germany since WWII has been affected by the difficulty it has had in coming to terms with its past. The Czech Republic, a country that has taken a quite different approach to coming to terms with its own socialist/communist past, was studied for the sake of comparison. The on-campus course consisted of readings, films and class discussions. Among sites visited were the Sachsenhausen (Germany) and Theresienstadt (Czech Republic) concentration camps, the former headquarters of the State Security Organization in Berlin, the museum at Checkpoint Charlie, the Wannsee House Museum where the Final Solution was planned, the Garrison Church in Potsdam, the church in Leipzig where the demonstrations of 1989 began, a tour of the Velvet Revolution sites, the museum of the Czech State Security Service and Radio Free Europe in Prague. In addition to people in political, religious, and academic positions, students had an opportunity to speak with ordinary citizens (such as school teachers, actors, members of the media, activists, former members of the Free German Youth Organization) in both Germany and the Czech Republic who lived under communism and through the events of 1989.

Jane Austen’s England: Transformations into Art
: Lynne Davis Spies, Adjunct Assistant Professor of English

This course explored how Jane Austen used familiar locations, contemporary culture, and aesthetic ideals to transform her real world into an enduring fictional realm. A one-week on-campus orientation session focused on Austen’s letters and recent biographies, on ideas of landscape and the picturesque, and on relevant history and architecture, setting the stage for a two-week tour of England to sites significant to the writer’s life and works. Bath and Winchester were the primary locales, with many side trips to nearby places.

Tours of residences, novel settings, museums, and the like were supplemented with lectures by the instructor and other scholars. Participants kept a journal and wrote a substantial essay to fulfill the requirements of the course.

Visit the website developed by students who participated in this summer seminar: Jane Austen's England .