This course will look at Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, Xi'an, and Beijing with an eye to some form of the ways that China's past has shaped its present. It will also focus on the ways that contemporary western forms--buildings, gardens, marketplaces, museums--have been re-visioned and absorbed into China's surging global economy. We will spend seventeen days traveling through the nation's past as it joins the present by visiting such sites as the fifth-century Qixia Buddhist temple and caves near Nanjing, the Museum of the Terracotta Army at Xi'an, the Humble Administrator's Garden at Suzhou, and the Great Wall. Turning to the contemporary world, we will investigate constructions such as Shanghai's 101-story World Financial Center, Beijing's "Bird's Nest" (the Olympic National Stadium), among other post-modern buildings. Of special note will be correspondence of the old and new -- the buildings of Tiananmen Square in Beijing and the fifteenth-century Forbidden City as seen against 21st-century Beijing.
An examination of the history, geography, and archaeology of the Biblical world (circa 1800 BCE to 135 CE) by studying and traveling to the land of the Bible (Israel and Jordan).
Students and faculty members in this course will become acquainted with International Accounting Standards, as established by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), as well as the current initiative of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to converge current U.S. financial standards with those of the IASB. Such convergence has been mandated by the SEC.
The travel will include field trips to and visits with a multi-national corporation in Paris, the European Union headquarters and parliament in Brussels, a multi-national corporation in Amsterdam, and the IASB headquarters, as well as an international public accounting firm in London. The course is a repeat of a very successful course offering in May of 2007 and is restricted to Accounting majors only and will include a strong element of the culture and history of the four countries visited.
If one can digest an idea or devour a book, can one eat a philosophy--or at least philosophically eat? This course will comprise a repast of philosophical topics in French philosophy addressed through important Parisian thinkers, and by Paris itself. The course will comprise gustatory excursions through a smorgasbord of cafés, restaurants, monuments, churches, schools, and neighborhoods once inhabited by Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Proust, Victor Hugo, Michel Foucault, Tom Paine, Olympe de Gouges, Diderot, Voltaire, Michael Bakunin, Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, Voltaire, Ho Chi Minh, Hugh of St. Victor, and Thomas Aquinas. Readings and lectures will reflect upon the way philosophy can be consuming as well as the way cultures, cities, historical figures, and, indeed, philosophical theories have themselves become consumable commodities. The course will address, that is, not only philosophical theories but also how one's place of habitation and alimentation plays into one's life philosophically. Our philosophical investigations will address the relationship of the body, desire, alimentation, place, ideas, and written texts. Indeed, the course texts will include not only the written texts of philosophers but also Paris itself, its places, its dynamism, and its cuisine.
Over the past 10-20 years, scientists have been intrigued by the health and nutrition benefits of the Mediterranean diet and the so-called "French Paradox". These two parallel topics have gained widespread attention in our modern culture because many people living in Mediterranean countries have been found to consume relatively high amounts of fat and have significantly lower rates of cardiovascular disease and fewer incidents of Type II diabetes when compared to other developed countries like the U.S. In this class, we will spend time in Portugal, northern Spain, and the Bordeaux region of France to observe and experience the lifestyle, diet, and culture of these regions and compare them to our lifestyle, diet, and culture in the U.S
This course will focus on how Galileo's discoveries and writings had a profound effect on philosophy, religion, and society. Furthermore, students will directly experience the cultural context in which Galileo lived.
ART/WRC 2294 "Drawing on Ireland" will travel to County Clare, Ireland, where students will engage in an artists' retreat in the village of Ballyvaughan at the Burren College of Art. The program will entail a short week of on-campus pre-travel preparation, two weeks of residency at the Burren College of Art, and approximately ten days of on-campus follow-up–a concluding period of revision and refinement. Secondary travel within Ireland will include visits to Ailwee Cave, Kilfenora, and overnight stays in Galway, the Aran Islands (Inishmore), and Doolin. This unique experience stands as an artist/writer residency aimed at exploring site/place as inspiration for the development of new work. It ultimately begs the larger question–"where do (good) ideas come from?" The Burren College of Art and its community offer a superb setting in which to unleash and explore the imagination.