Expanding Your Horizons
Wagner College offers a program that broadens opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to be able to enhance their educational experience. We have created short-term programs that provide opportunities for experiential learning through 10-12 day international and domestic faculty-led excursions. Upon return from these trips, each course continues throughout the semester. Courses count as one unit towards graduation requirements.
Whether you are interested in becoming a global citizen, performing voluntary work, or immersing in a new culture, these courses have the potential of truly expanding your horizons beyond the traditional classroom lectures. We hope you will take advantage of these off-campus learning opportunities.
For additional questions, please contact:
Dr. Rita Reynolds, EYH Faculty Chair
History Department, Parker Hall 202
One Campus Road
Staten Island, New York 10301
Spring 2023 EYH Programs:
Spring, Cost $3100
Successful completion of the course will require students to embark on faculty led 10-12 day overseas visit to Bangladesh during the spring break in Spring 2023. Students will accompany Faculty and Staff from Wagner College during the trip. Water and air pollution and health impacts are major public health issues in third world countries. About 97% of 140 million population in Bangladesh depend on groundwater as the principle source of drinking water. The groundwater drawn from metallic tube wells in rural areas are highly contaminated by arsenic from natural sources. Arsenic is a known cancer causing agents. As of today, 20 countries around the world have reported arsenic contamination in their water. But nowhere the people are more vulnerable and ill prepared to cope with the situation than in Bangladesh. Experts now believe that the arsenic calamity in Bangladesh is shaping up as the worst mass poisoning the world has ever witnessed. In the light of this seriousness of the issue, Scientists from many countries and local authorities are desperately looking for effective arsenic removal technologies in water and helping victims poisoned by excessive levels of arsenic.
Students taking this course have an opportunity to visit affected areas in Bangladesh and gain first hand information of an environmental calamity in the making. Students are able to see for themselves, the drinking water sources, both groundwater and surface water, the nature and extent of arsenic contamination. They have an opportunities of immersing in local culture, interact with rural people, physicians, officials from various non government organizations (NGO and researchers from local institutions who are actively involved in arsenic poisoning mitigation efforts. Students are able to visit hospitals and research institutions during the overseas trip. They gain hands-on experience in collecting environmental samples, and observe analysis of these samples in local research institutions. In addition to serious public health concern, Bangladesh is trying to cope with various social, economic and environmental issues arising from arsenic calamity. The trip affords pre-health and pre-medicine students gain first hand knowledge of local customs, culture and tradition, social structure, rural lifestyle, housing, food habits and of course knowledge about health care system in a third world country. In addition to groundwater contamination with arsenic, there are serious health issues involving the rising cases of acute respiratory infections (ARI) among rural children in Bangladesh. The World Health Organization has identified poor indoor air quality in rural households as the principal cause for many ARI cases. As participant in this course, the students have opportunities to observe monitoring of indoor air qualities in selected households in rural areas and gain hands-on experience in air sampling and analysis. As a result of the participation in this course, the students gain skills in identifying environmental contaminants, collecting environmental samples, water and air quality testing, data collection and most important of all, how laboratory methods are applied in addressing public health issues in developing nations. The students observe analysis of environmental samples in overseas laboratories and Wagner laboratory.
For additional questions, please contact Mohammad Allaudin at email@example.com.
Spring, Cost $2300
Both of Gabriel García Márquez’s famous love stories are inspired by a real place, Cartagena de Indias. Stealing a sentence by 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 in the Caribbean Coasts of South America. The Colombian port and colonial city, Cartagena de Indias has inspired many of García Márquez’ novels and short stories. This is the city where the author started his career as a writer, working in the newspaper “El Universal.” In the forties, García Márquez wrote some of his best chronicles as a journalist in “El Universal.” Both the novel and the movie Love in the
Times of Cholera take place in Cartagena. We will start by exploring some of his journalistic pieces, and will visit “El Universal” newspaper. The students will have the opportunity to interview Gustavo Tatis, an expert in Marquez. After reading Love in the Times of Cholera (before the trip), the students will visit some of the places where the story takes place. We will also explore the colonial history of the city which is one of the themes of the novel Of Love and Other Demons. Every year, La Fundación para el Nuevo Periodismo (The school for New Journalism), created by García Márquez, offers workshops for Latin American journalists. Our students will have the opportunity to talk to Jaime Abello, the organizer of these workshops and someone who worked very closely with García Márquez. Students will also have the unique experience of taking a literary tour of the city, led by the brother of García Márquez. Since most of García Marquez’s novels are autobiographical, we will have the opportunity to talk about this with his brother. Cartagena has also been the city where writers and literary critics from all over the world meet every year in the month of January. Although we won’t be there for the “Hay Festival”, the city will be preparing for it and it will be possible to talk to some of the organizers.
For more information, please contact Margarita Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Cost $2,500
After raising the swastika flag above the Eiffel tower in June 1940, the Nazis occupied two- thirds of France. “The Dark Years” of difficult moral decisions began: to collaborate, to resist or to act as if nothing was happening. Who was responsible for the round-up, deportation and death of 75,000 of the 350,000 Jews in France? This course will explore significant sites, memorials, films, plays and memoirs of World War II and the Holocaust in France. We will walk in the footsteps of the Jews deported to Auschwitz, those of all faiths and races who risked their lives to shelter Jews and Allied soldiers on Omaha Beach, including African-American soldiers. Our course will cover the dynamic multiracial culture in the interwar years, as in the cabarets of Montmartre, through post-WWII trials of perpetrators into the 1990s and public apologies from the French church and state, to better understand past and present-day antisemitism and racism in France and the U.S.
For more information, please contact Lori Weintrob at email@example.com.
Check out the EYH trip to Bangladesh:
EYH Trip to BangladeshWatch Video: Expanding Your Horizons - BangladeshProf. Mohammad Alauddin took five Wagner students to Bangladesh for his class "Environmental Pollution and Health." In this video, students Krey Keller and Nicolette Faison talk about their experiences. Photos: Habibul Haque Audio & Production: Anna Mulé | Wagner College