Wagner College's "Expanding Your Horizons" program provides undergraduates with classroom coursework linked to an short overseas study experience that is scheduled either during the January break between semesters or during the spring break in March. Begun in 2006 under the leadership of Provost Devorah Lieberman, the program is currently directed by chemistry professor Mohammad Alauddin, who taught one of the original EYH courses in his native Bangladesh. Since its inception, EYH has provided "study abroad" experiences to 361 Wagner College students.
This year's courses included:
- Arts Administration 291: Museums and Theaters of London
- Art 291: Paris in Springtime: Drawing the Masters
- Business 510: American Business Culture and Ethics (Hawaii)
- English 291: British Law and Literature (England)
- French 291: Culture & Civilization of Quebec (Montreal)
- Government 240: Politics and Service Abroad (Kenya)
- Spanish 291: Stories of Love and Death in Garcia Marquez (Colombia)
- Education 291: Educational Issues in a Developing Nation (Peru)
- History 291: Slavery in Charleston, South Carolina
- Music 291: History of Music in Costa Rica: National Identity Defined Through Music
- Religion 291: Understanding Different Faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Israel and the Occupied West Bank)
At a special presentation session on Wednesday, May 5, students from seven of these courses gave presentations on their experiences studying abroad. Their presentations were introduced with a few remarks from Dr. Devorah Lieberman:
Formating note: Most of the student presentations include three components: video of the students delivering their presentations (on the left), the Power Point packages that accompanied those presentations (on the right), and the course descriptions of their EYH classes from the Wagner College catalogue (below). You can watch the video and scroll through the Power Point presentation on this Web page at the same time, just as you would if you had attended the live seminar.
The Culture & Civilization of Quebec (FR 291)
Classroom sessions: Spring 2010. This course examined the cultural history of the province of Québec from the early exploration of Jacques Cartier to modern-day issues of cultural and linguistic identity. In an era where debates over nationalisms, ethnicities, separatisms, and the recuperation of historically oppressed cultures dominate the information landscape, it seemed fitting to approach the study of a multicultural and multilingual region like Québec not as a homogeneous entity, but rather a heterogeneous tapestry of various cultures and languages. Classroom discussions focused on cultural manifestations derived from the realms of literature, film, architecture, music, and the visual arts. The course included readings by Québécois authors Gabrielle Roy, Gaetan Soucy, Anne Hébert, Nelly Arcan, and films by directors Claude Jutra, Denys Arcand, Karim Hussain, and Luc Picard.
London Arts Administration and Marketing (AA 291)
Classroom sessions: Spring 2010. Explore the London arts scene by attending five plays/musicals, tour the National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern, Royal Opera House and the Globe Theater. You will meet with representatives of major arts institutions to explore the similarities and differences between the arts as resented in London and New York. The tour will be led by Wagner College Professor Todd Alan Price. The trip includes a city tour of London as well as an optional walking tour of the city. You will have the opportunity to visit theaters and have special backstage tours of the historic facilities. In addition to touring London, we will travel to a fringe theater outside of London’s West End to meet with representatives of the theater. Students will participate in both a “Radio Drama” workshop and “Actioning the Text” workshop. During the spring semester, we will continue our discussion of arts institutions of England and participate in tours of major theaters and museums in New York. Students will meet with representatives of a variety of arts institutions in New York and build upon what they learned in England.
American Business Culture & Ethics: Hawaii (BU 510)
Classroom sessions: Spring 2010. This course is devoted to the study of a selection of Hawaiian businesses, including coffee, papayas, macadamia nuts, Hawaiian fashion, hotel management, retail, ranching, tropical flowers, real estate and tourism. Issues will involve import, export, shipping, marketing and employment. Ethical issues will be addressed dedicated to Hawaiian affairs, such as the movement toward Hawaiian sovereignty, the annexation of Hawaii as a U.S. territory, American military presence in Hawaii, commercialization of Hawaii, development of its land, housing for Hawaiians, preferences for Hawaiian natives, employment discrimination issues and environmental issues such as endangered species. Various aspects of Hawaiian culture will also be examined first-hand by the students, including the luau, hula, language and customs.
Students will visit facilities for tours of the business operations. Owners or managers will conduct the tours and lecture the students on the methods used to conduct business. Students will attend a luau, witness various Hawaiian customs, participate in the hula and be exposed to the unique aspects of the Hawaiian language. They will observe a variety of endangered plants and species, such as the green sea turtle, humpback whales and nene geese. Experiencing businesses and culture first-hand gives the students a realistic perspective from which they can draw their own conclusions. From speaking directly with native Hawaiians, students can learn why Hawaiians are concerned about preserving their culture and their land. Assessment of student learning takes place in discussions in class and during the excursion as well as through written papers and oral presentations.
Stories of Love and Death in Gabriel Garcia Marquez (SP 291)
Classroom sessions: Spring 2010. Gabriel García Márquez’s most famous love story is inspired by a real place, Cartagena de Indias. To borrow a phrase from García Márquez: Cartagena de Indias is a city so beautiful that it seems to be a lie.
Cartagena was one of the first cities founded by the Spaniards on the Caribbean coast of South America. The Colombian port and colonial city has inspired several of García Márquez’s novels and short stories. This is the city where the author started his career as a writer, working at the newspaper El Universal. Both the novel and the movie, “Love in the Time of Cholera,” are set in Cartagena.
In this course, students will expand their knowledge of Latin American literature and improve their Spanish language skills. By reading the short stories, chronicles and novels written by Gabriel García Márquez, students will explore questions of identity, history, politics and love. While many of the questions posed are universal, students will also examine what is particular to the Latin American world.
The course will also provide students with ample opportunities to improve their oral and written skills in Spanish. Most of the texts will be read and discussed in Spanish. While in Cartagena, students will have multiple opportunities to speak with native speakers. This course is designed for students who have had 2 years of college Spanish or more.
Politics and Service Abroad: Kenya (GOV 240)
Classroom sessions: Spring 2010. This course combines volunteer work with academic study. The volunteer work will typically involve service organizations such as orphanages, shelters and schools. The coursework, which will be conducted prior to and after the trip, will focus on social and development issues related to the AIDS crisis in Africa. Students will be evaluated, in part, on their ability to incorporate their learning experiences from the volunteer work into their understanding of the academic subject matter.
Reading list: “Black Death,” by Susan Hunter; “I Laugh So I Won't Cry: Kenya's Women Tell the Story of Their Lives,” by Helena Halperin; “Breath of Kenya,” by Charles Herrick; “Local Women, Global Science: Fighting AIDS in Kenya,” by Karen M. Booth.
Students volunteer at the Christian Women's Works of Charity. The CWWC is a combination soup kitchen, HIV counseling center, and pre-K school, with centers in Kware and Gataka. The primary problem in these communities is the impact of HIV/AIDS; the infection rate in Gataka, for example, is around 50%. Both Kware and Gataka are very safe, friendly areas. Students have excellent placements, a safe and comfortable place to stay, and warm and gracious hosts who cook superb food.
Law and Literature: England (EN 291)
Classroom sessions: Spring 2010. The literature comes alive! Haven’t you always wanted to visit the birthplace of Shakespeare? See one of his plays performed in the Globe Theatre in London? Walk on the moors in Bronte Country? Take high tea in Bath, one of Jane Austen’s favorite places? Take a tour of Newgate Prison, where Oscar Wilde wrote “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”? Now you can — and earn credit doing it!
This course will study English legal culture as it is depicted in the literature of Shakespeare, Austen, Bronte, Doyle, Dickens and Wilde. By examining this culture, we will gain a deeper understanding of the British legal system and its participants. By analyzing the inner workings of the criminal and civil justice systems, we will gain a deeper understanding of the complex machinery of this unique cultural structure. This legal milieu is a distinctive place with customs and traditions all of its own. We will visit the courtrooms, prisons and places where the events in the novels take place, to make the literature and the British legal system come alive.
FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE PRESENTATION, "LAW & LITERATURE: ENGLAND," SEE THE VIDEO AND PPT BELOW.
Paris in Springtime: Drawing the Masters (AR 291)
Classroom/studio sessions: Spring 2010. Imagine studying art, and learning from masterpieces directly before you, in what may be the most artistically rich city in the world. Paris has been renowned for centuries because of its dynamic culture, architectural beauty, worldfamous cuisine, vibrant street life, and expressively lyrical language…but this is also a magical city for studying art. Come with us and spend 10 days drawing in the spectacular cathedrals and museums of Paris!
Many great artists have studied the compositions and techniques of their predecessors. This is our chance to draw in front of great works by Rubens, Rembrandt, DaVinci, Cezanne, Picasso and scores of others. The core part of the course will take place in the Louvre museum, but we will also include visits to Musée de l'Orangerie des Tuileries, Musée National Picasso, Musee Moreau, the Pompidou Center and Musée du Moyen Age.
Other places we will visit include: Sainte Chapelle, a stainedglass jewel of 13th century Gothic architecture; Montmartre, legendary home of artists like Dali, Modigliani, Picasso and Pissarro; and Père Lachaise Cemetery, one of the most famous cemeteries in the world, where many influential artists and writers are buried. We will take day trips to the Chartres Cathedral and possibly Giverny (identified now with Monet’s paintings and his celebrated garden.)
Students will, of course, be able to explore Paris outside of class time and discover the hidden neighborhoods and treasures of a city that has successfully combined preservation with modernity, from street markets to parks and gardens, as well as world icons like Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees and so much more. Tips and advice for seeing Paris on a budget will be discussed before leaving. Every student will develop a portfolio of drawings by the end of the course, which includes pre and posttrip meetings. This portfolio will be a continuing source for later study and artistic development.