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Anthropology and History: Race, Identity and Representation in Guianas

Travel Dates: May 1 – May 19
Instructors: Chris Begley, Gregg Bocketti
Number of Students Enrolled: 12
Location: Guianas

Course Description

This course explores the concepts of race, ethnicity and cultural identity in South America, looking diachronically at these issues using archaeological, historical, and anthropological data and perspectives. We also look at how indigenous and colonial populations were depicted by colonists, travelers, and others since the sixteenth century. We will visit Guyana, Suriname, and French Guyane, located along the Caribbean littoral in northern South America. These countries, among the world's most ethnically diverse, possess significant populations of European, African, Asian, and indigenous descent.

Anthropology and Spanish: Legacies. Cities and Towns of Catalonia and Basque Country

Travel Dates: May 9 – May 21
Instructors: Veronica Dean-Thacker, Nancy Wolsk
Number of Students Enrolled: 10
Location: Spain

Course Description

This travel course to Spain focuses on the modern and traditional cultures of the Basque region and Catalonia as they have been shaped by their unique histories. The rich sacred and secular past determines present ways of living and thinking and it shapes the ways that these regions define themselves. Indeed the two areas emerge as a unique mix of folk and cosmopolitan cultures; they remain economically and culturally distanced from the rest of the nation. Students taking the course for Spanish credit will read texts in Spanish; art history students will study works both familiar (Miró and Picasso) and up-to-now unknown (Basque folk artists) in cultural/historical context. Legacies will have a major emphasis on towns and villages as well as on the larger cities of Bilbao and Barcelona.

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Biology: Tropical Ecology

Travel Dates: May 5 – May 16
Instructors: Sarah Bray, Belinda Sly
Number of Students Enrolled: 20
Location: Belize

Course Description

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.

We will be traveling to Belize on May 5 and returning to Lexington on May 16. While in Belize, we will be staying at TREC Biological station in San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye. From TREC the class will participate in several snorkeling excursions on the barrier reef, as well as hikes and daytrips to the mainland to experience subtropical forests, mangroves, caves, and rivers.

Drama and English: Dickens and the London Theater Scene

Travel Dates: May 10 – May 20
Instructors: Elizabeth Corsun, Tim Soulis
Number of Students Enrolled: 6
Location: England

Course Description

This course will look at the ways in which Charles Dickens was both shaped by and an influence on the popular theater of his time. We will also explore the many variations initiated by his influence on the British theatre of today as realism developed into expressionism and surrealism. Included is a week-long trip to London to tour the Dickens' Museum, attend plays at such locations as the new Globe Theater, the National Theater, and the West End, and visit other sites around the area. We will read some of Dickens' more theater-oriented novels, study the plays we will be seeing (as available), engage in examples of the acting, directing, and designing of the past and present, and examine relevant primary and secondary sources on the Victorian and Edwardian theater.

Economics: Economics of the European Union

Travel Dates: May 6 – May 20
Instructors: Volkan Cetinkaya, Rod Erfani
Number of Students Enrolled: 10
Location: Turkey

Course Description

This course is intended to provide students with an introduction to theory and policy of international economic relations so they can better understand international business activities and the economic environment in which international businesses compete. Selected international economic issues, policies, and problems will be examined. Topics include patterns of international trade, trade barriers, foreign direct investment, economic development, and international financial relations.

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French and Physical Education: Transy's Tour de France

Travel Dates: May 5 – May 22
Instructors: Brian Arganbright, Sharon Brown
Number of Students Enrolled: 23
Location: France

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Interdisciplinary Studies: Service Learning in the Philippines

Travel Dates: April 29 – May 21
Instructors: Alan Bartley, George Kaufman
Number of Students Enrolled: 15
Location: Philippines

Course Description

This will be an interdisciplinary, service-learning course. Service projects will occur in partnership with local communities on Mactan Island, just south of Cebu City in the Philippines, and be directed toward environmental science and economic/business concerns. Prior experience in these areas is not required since the class focus will be interdisciplinary in nature. It will be a CR/NC course. We plan to be onsite for three weeks. The group will have overnight stays with Filipino families, including on Pangan-an Island.

Prior to departure, students will study Filipino history, culture, and current events to develop a context for the service experience. While on site, students will research various aspects of Filipino life, and upon return to campus, each will present a paper that draws on their reading, research, and project experiences.

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Excursions in Non-Western Music

Travel Dates: May 10-18
Instructor: Larry Barnes
Number of Students Enrolled: 11
Location: Costa Rica

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the music of the peoples of the world. It is an entry-level course that fulfills an Area III A General Education requirement. The course will cover music of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, China, India, Japan, and Latin America. Requirements include two exams and a journal.

The travel component will take us to the most stable democracy of Latin America. Our tour will take us through more than half of the country. Beginning in the capital San Jose, we will visit centers of politics and culture, attend performances of local music by young people grades 1-12, and stay in resorts in the highlands, in the northern tropical rainforest, and on the Pacific coast. In talking with local leaders and counterparts, students will be afforded a first-hand experience of the intermixing of Spanish and Native American cultures that created the syncretism of imported European art forms and the rhythms and dances of native origin. During our many day hikes, we'll be immersed in one of the largest biospheres in the Western hemisphere. We will visit a coffee cooperative and learn about sustainable agriculture and fair trade. Numerous other activities are planned and there will personal time most days for recreation and commerce.