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International Destinations 2009

  • Contemporary Ireland: Politics, Economy and Cultures

    flag Travel Dates: April 29 – May 11
    Instructors: Don Dugi and Barbara LoMonaco
    Location: Ireland
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    Course Description

    This course investigates the politics and culture of Ireland from the early 20th century until the present. Conflict (known as the Troubles) between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and the subsequent Good Friday peace agreement of 2000 is a central theme in this course, given that the Troubles have shaped the trajectory of Irish history in important ways.

  • Fraud Examination

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    Travel Dates: May 8 – May 17
    Instructors: Dan Fulks and Judy Jones
    Location: Cayman Islands
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    Course Description

    Forensic Accounting: Financial Statement Fraud, Off-shore Financing, and Money Laundering. The Cayman Islands have a long history of harboring off-shore financing and money laundering, all of which result in fraudulent financial reporting. This course will explore the burgeoning profession of Forensic Accounting and its place in the current world-wide economic environment, wrought with financial fraud. Students will also be emerged in the culture and economic environment of the Cayman Islands and will explore the stoic history of the Cayman government and its role in the global financial economy.

    This course will explore the burgeoning profession of Forensic Accounting and its place in the current world-wide economic environment, wrought with financial fraud.

  • The Ancient Polis

    flag Travel Dates: April 22–May 5
    Instructors: Frank Russell and Peter Fosl
    Location: Greece
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    Course Description

    In wandering through Greece in the second century CE, Pausanias came to a small settlement, which he hesitated to call a polis, since it encompassed "no government offices or gymnasium, no theater or agora or fountain-house" (Paus. 10.4.1). Yet, as Pausanias knew, a polis was more than the sum of such parts. Through visiting relevant sites and texts, we will attempt to establish a more specific and relevant description of the conceptual and physical development of the polis.

    From the sites we will obtain a sense of the physical composition and design of the polis, and the significance of its change over time. Of concern are the location and architectural embodiment of civic cult, burials, public buildings, logistic infrastructure, commercial and industrial areas, and recreational facilities. Professor Russell will lecture on these dimensions of the course. Along the way will read texts of ancient literature and philosophy to illuminate the changing ideas of the subject/citizen, the law, individuals, and the relationship of the divine to the political. Professor Fosl will lead the course through this terrain. Our attempt will be to synthesize these different elements into a more thorough and more comprehensive grasp of the polis. A common theme of the journey will be scrutiny of the question of what constitutes the good life and the distinctive manner in which the polis attempted to realize it.

  • Drawing on Ireland

    flag Travel Dates: April 25–May 9
    Instructors: Martha Gehringer and Jack Girard
    Location: Ireland
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    Course Description

    Drawing on Ireland will bring together Transylvania student artists and writers in a unique place where they can experience an enriching artists' and writers' retreat. Burren College of Art is an internationally recognized college "committed to the initial education of artists and to their continuing professional development." BCA invites artists and art students from around the world to enjoy its excellent atmosphere and its state of the art studio facilities. The college "aims to be the greatest little art school in the world and the forum of international significance for the debate and development of fine art." Concurrent with the timing of Drawing on Ireland, the college will conduct a seminar on "Art and the Law."

    Additional travel to Doolin, and overnight stays at the Aran Islands and Galway.

    Additional programming – visits with local historians and folklorists, attendance at a hands-on dance festival, and on-site art studio construction of a site-specific installation work.

  • Diet, Nutrition and Culture

    flag Travel Dates: May 1–May 16
    Instructors: Gerald Seebach and Sharon Brown
    Location: Spain/France
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    Course Description

    Travel to northern Spain and southern France to study the lifestyle, diet, and culture of these two regions and compare them to our lifestyle, diet, and culture as we see it in daily life. The group will visit the relatively rural Basque region of northern Spain, look at the more metropolitan lifestyle of Barcelona, and the renowned culinary area of Provence in southern France. Before leaving for Europe, the class will become acquainted with the Mediterranean diet and the French Paradox and be given a brief background of the two areas.

    The itinerary will include stops in Madrid, Burgos, Bilbao and Barcelona in Spain and Aix, Avignon, and Paris in France. We will be visiting food markets in both countries, attending cooking classes in both countries, wineries in both countries as well as visiting a castle in Spain, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, a chocolate factory near Barcelona, the Pont du Gard and lavender fields in France. The main objective of the course is to compare the diets of these regions and compare them to an American diet as well as the cultural lifestyle of these regions compared to our American culture.

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