Short-Term Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs for Summer 2018

  1. Environment, Health, and Education: Touching the Future in Uganda

3 Credits: CORE 190, ECON 356, or INST 300;  May 23 – June 13, 2018

Under the leadership of Dr. Margarita Rose (Economics) in conjunction with sociologist Dr. Bob Tuttle of Wilkes University, this seminar will introduce students to the fascinating, vibrant country of Uganda, in English-speaking East Africa. Students will meet Ugandans working on the country’s environmental, health, and educational systems; the program puts a premium on getting to know local communities. The first part of the program will involve time with staff and students at Holy Cross Lakeview Senior Secondary School and/or at a health clinic in Jinja (opportunity to gain practicum hours). A visit to a tea cooperative and a meeting with a microfinance group will reveal Ugandans’ entrepreneurial spirit. Students will see the rich natural resources and environment of Uganda in a game drive in a national park, a trek in a rhino sanctuary, and a boat ride on the River Nile.

  1. Tropical Ecosystems: Forests of the Peruvian Amazon

3 Credits: BIOL/ENST 401 or CORE 279;  May 22 – June 7, 2018

Under the leadership of Drs. Garrett Barr and Tammy Tintjer (Biology), this three-week travel course provides students with a first-hand experience of a working jungle-based scientific research station in the Amazon rainforest. This course will enhance students’ understanding of scientific research, the importance of biological diversity in this region, environmental issues related to natural resource extraction, and cultural differences within and among nations. Students will also have the opportunity to tour Lima, Peru and participate in an optional excursion to Machu Picchu, Peru.

  1. La vita bella: The History and Science of the “Good Life” in Italy

3 Credits: HIST 270, CORE 279, or CORE 140;  May 28 – June 14, 2018

Under the leadership of Dr. Daniel Clasby (History), Dr. Anne Szklarski (Chemistry), and Dr. Thomas Mackaman (History) this program will explore the history and culture of nation building in Italy. Stops on the itinerary include Rome, Florence, Venice, and Turin. Attention will be paid to key moments in Italian history, the role of science in shaping modern Italian identity, and hot button issues facing Italians today, such as the impact of tourism and climate change.

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