Domestic destinations 2007

Risky Business: Maths of Gaming Industry

Travel Dates: May 11-17
Instructors: Kim Jenkins and Michael LeVan
Number of Students Enrolled: 17
Location: Las Vegas

Course Description

This course will use games of chance and the gaming industry to introduce students to the history, theory and applications of the fields of probability and statistics. Students will study the laws of probability (sometimes known as the laws of chance), counting techniques, and several statistical tests for inference and decision-making.

We will then spend a week in Las Vegas exploring how this background material is used in the gaming industry. After returning to campus we will continue our study of statistics as it relates to fields other than the gaming industry.

Greenwich Village, Literary and Artistic Culture

Travel Dates: May 13-19
Instructors: Brent Shannon and Jack Girard
Number of Students Enrolled: 12
Location: New York

Course Description

This course offers students an exploration of one of most famous and enduring artistic communities in the world, Greenwich Village. We will examine the Village's first flowering as a literary enclave for Melville, Whitman, and Poe in the late 1850s, the second great period between 1890s until the end of World War I, through the Interwar period, and into its great peak as capital of political activism, counterculture, and the Beat and Folk movements in the 1940s-1960s. Through a combination of literature, history, essays, art, photography, audio recordings, and film, students will explore the ideas and contributions of poets Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Allen Ginsberg; playwrights Eugene O'Neill, Susan Glaspell, and Tennessee Williams; writers Edgar Allan Poe, O. Henry, and Jack Kerouac; artists and benefactors including Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton Jackson Pollock, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg; the emergence of New York as a center for international modern art; and other major social and cultural figures including John Reed, Djuna Barnes, and Emma Goldman.

Readings and in-class discussions will explore a wide variety of topics relevant to the history and culture of Greenwich Village, including Bohemianism, Communism and Anarchism, jazz, the sexual revolution, the Beat movement, Happenings and the gay rights movement.


Hip Hop to Harlem

Travel Dates: May 6-17
Instructors: Frank and Walker
Number of Students Enrolled: 9
Location: New York

Course Description

This class will explore the roots of Hip Hop beginning with the artistic energies that fueled the urban migratory patterns out of the south and into urban centers like Harlem, NY.

Utilizing important films and the resources of the Schomburg Center as a base we will discuss and study the artistic and cultural history of Harlem and visit many of the iconic venues that include the Apollo Theatre, Morgan and Marvin Smith Photo Studios, The Savoy and the Cotton Club. We will interact with special guest artists and scholars currently contributing to the still vibrant artistic and cultural scene and visit contemporary venues to take in live performances at the Nuyorican Café, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, African Burial Ground Museum, Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Entertainment Studios, Oprah Winfrey's production of The Color Purple as well as walking tours of Harlem (current offices of former president Bill Clinton), Brooklyn (the backdrop and headquarters of Spike Lee's 40Acres & a Mule Productions), Greenwich Village (the home of many Harlem Renaissance era legends), and the Bronx (the mythological home of Hip Hop).


Travel and Tourism

Travel Dates: May 20-23
Instructors: Julia Truitt Poynter
Number of Students Enrolled: 15
Location: Chicago, IL

Course Description

The principles and practices of domestic and international tourism and travel will be demonstrated with attendance at The National Restaurant Associations International Show. Over 2,000 exhibiting companies from approximately 110 countries will demonstrate the latest products and technologies to an anticipated 80,000 attendees. Additionally, over 60 education sessions will be offered allowing business administration students concentrating in hospitality, marketing, and management a chance to gain current information from a layperson's perspective. The show will illustrate the principles of international event planning, the management of exhibit space and crowds of tourists, and marketing to an international audience.