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 2020 EYH Programs:
Next year, spend your spring break (March 14-22, 2020) in Poland. We will tour the beautiful city of Warsaw, learning its history from medieval times through World War II and Communism. We will spend time with undergraduate students and professors at Warsaw University, including Dr. Kamil Wielecki, who was a Visiting Fulbright professor at Wagner College in 2017-2018. We will also visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz and learn more about the Jewish Holocaust.
The trip is part of a World Literature class, which is not simply about Poland, but about global connections between Eastern Europe and Africa. The class will begin by comparing a novel about growing up in Poland in the 1970s and 80s with a recent novel about growing up in Uganda during the same time. We will then read the famous Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski’s accounts of his journeys to Uganda, Ethiopia, and other African countries during their revolutions against imperial rule, which we will compare with an Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima’s depiction of Africans living in East Germany during the same time period. Bridging Polish literature and African cinema, both Kapuscinski and Gerima later teamed up and made a movie together, and we will watch that movie with Polish students at Warsaw University during our trip. Some of this literature and film reflects on the trauma of local holocausts both in Europe and in Africa, and so we will also read the most famous account of the Jewish holocaust, Elie Wiesel’s autobiography Night, as we visit Auschwitz.
By not only comparing literature and film from Eastern Europe and Eastern Africa but also exploring and experiencing its interconnected history together with Polish students and faculty, you will gain a more global perspective on the cultures of these two locations.
For more information, contact Professor Steven Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org,
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