|Travel Dates: April 26–May 12
Instructors: Chris Begley, Gregg Bocketti
This course explores large and universal questions of identity, change, and representation by looking intensively at the particular details of the prehistory, history, and present-day experience of people of indigenous descent in Peru. We will study, observe, and discuss Peru’s prehistory, with its story of Inca and other indigenous settlement and development; the colonial history of the region, and the roles of the indigenous during Spanish rule; the national history of independent Peru, and the changing place of indigenous communities in the nation-state; and representations and memory of indigeneity in each of these moments
|Travel Dates: April 29–May 16
Instructors: B. Arganbright, Z. Strecker
A one-of-a-kind bicycling trip to Paris and the South of France where students will discover the sights and sounds of French urban and rural life from the perspective of the contemplative, inquisitive guest in foreign lands. We will examine lieux de mémoire as they have been historically inscribed on the collective memory and national heritage of the nation. Taken figuratively or metaphorically, these "sites" of memory—construed as events, people, institutions, symbols, space, or legacies—construct a powerful and enduring mythology of France. We will immerse ourselves in contemporary French society as we ponder the enduring presence of the past (roman ruins in Glanum, for example) and the ephemeral company of the present, such as sights and sounds that include the legendary Mediterranean winds known as the Tramontane and the Mistral. These experiences will be transformed into personal narratives in which students rethink their role in their surroundings and experience firsthand the foreignness of space. We will also pay attention to the experience of the passage of time—the social time lavished on a communal meal, the strenuous solitude of time spent moving across a landscape on a muscle-powered vehicle, and contemplative time of the walker/biker that allows immediate observations to blend with memories. More information.
|Travel Dates: TBA
Instructors: B. Sly, J. Wagner
A study of why the tropics experience a unique climate, how this creates a variety of unique habitats such as rain forests, cloud forests, savannas, and coral reefs, and the structure and dynamics of these habitats. The class also investigates a variety of other topics, including structure of tropical soils, nutrient cycling, tropical forest dynamics, tropical species diversity, and conservation. Lecture, laboratory, and travel.
|Travel Dates: TBA
Instructors: F. Russell, J. Svarlien
Course description coming soon!
|Travel Dates: May 7–16
Instructors: L. Barnes
Location: Costa Rica
An introduction to world music styles that evolved outside the Euro-centric tradition. Regions include Sub-Saharan Africa, Arabian peninsula, Central Asia, India, Japan, Indonesia, and Latin America. Our travel will take us to Costa Rica, where we will witness music in the schools, concert halls, and other venues each day. We will also travel deep into the northern rainforest, to the Arenal volcano, and to the Pacific coast.
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