More than 40 students are studying abroad during winter break in a variety of cultures and climes — from The Bahamas to Vietnam.
Dr. David Lipani, professor of English, and Dr. Michael Williams, assistant professor of counselor education, are taking 15 students to Vietnam and Cambodia for three weeks to study the literature and film of these fascinating countries in Asia. Through films, fiction, and other literary forms combined with in-country excursions, this program is designed to introduce students to the beautiful landscape and rich cultural heritage of both Vietnam and Cambodia. While experiencing hands-on the reality of present-day life in the countries through lectures, visits, and interaction with the Vietnamese and Cambodian people, students will also examine the social, philosophical, and emotional consequences resulting from the Vietnam War – the longest-ever war in American history. Excursions to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Hoa Lo Prison, Cu Chi Tunnels, and Cat Ba National Park allow students to gain an understanding of the consequences of the war.
Dr. Kari Benson, professor of biology, will take 10 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 program will largely take place on San Salvador with some visits to nearby islands and reefs.
Dr. Delane Karalow, associate professor of art and Siobhan Byrns, assistant professor of art, will take 18 students to Rome, a fascinating living museum of history and art. The classroom includes the Colosseum, Basilica di San Clemente, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican among many others. 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.
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