Vietnam, The Bahamas, and Rome

Friday December 16 2011


More than 60 LC students will be studying abroad during winter break in a variety of cultures and climes.

Dr. David Lipani, professor of English, is taking 20 students to Vietnam to explore this fascinating country in Asia. The 19-day program is designed to introduce students to Vietnam's rich cultural heritage, while experiencing hands-on the reality of present-day Vietnam through lectures, visits, and interaction with the Vietnamese people. Particular attention will be given to the American war and its impact on contemporary culture, especially literature.

Dr. Kari Benson, associate professor of biology, will take 13 students to The Bahamas for "The Ecology of the West Indian System." Students will literally dive into the ecology of the West Indian Coral reef ecosystem. They will learn to identify reef species and study the life history, ecology, and behavior of these organisms. The 12-day program will largely take place on San Salvador with some visits to nearby islands and reefs.

Dr. Delane Karalow, assistant professor of art; Barbara Rothermel, director of the Daura Gallery; and Siobhan Byrns, assistant professor of art, will take 30 students to Rome to study "The Eternal City: Rome as Art and Museum." Fine arts students will experience some of the greatest art and architecture the world has ever produced, while photography students will also have the opportunity to capture Rome on film during this 15-day trip.