Centre Term (2010) Programs

BALI: The Sacred Arts of Paradise (200-level HUM or MUS course). The island of Bali offers a rich, unique culture, a fusion of music, dance, theater, storytelling, craft, and Hindu and pre-Hindu ritual.  Based at the Flower Mountain retreat, students will work directly with Balinese artists who will provide instruction in the visual and performing arts, including music, dance, mask theater, shadow puppetry, Balinese painting, and temple offerings.  No music or arts background is necessary.  For more information, see “Bali Bound!” Facebook group.
Professor: Larry Bitensky

CHINA and the World (HIS 432). Students will examine China’s checkered relationship with foreigners by exploring four cities that have played prominent roles in the history of Chinese foreign relations:  Xi’an, Nanjing, Shanghai, and Beijing. Sites visited will include the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Great Mosque, and the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum in Xi’an; the Memorial to the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre and the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum in Nanjing; the Bund in Shanghai; and Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Olympic Green in Beijing.
Professor: Steve Beaudoin

COSTA RICA: Spanish Language and Rural Education (upper-level EDU or SPA course). Students will be immersed in the Costa Rican culture while teaching elementary school students for two weeks in the rural town of Colorado de la Zona Sur.  Students without any Spanish will be paired with Spanish speakers; they will live in homestays; and pairs of students will be responsible for ten days of classes.  The course will also consist of trips to national parks where students will learn about Environmental Education. 
Professors: Genny Ballard and Sarah Murray

HAWAII: The Law & Economics of American Colonialism (GOV 470):  Students will study the delicate environment and innovative industries of these tropical islands and learn firsthand what made kings, emperors, and presidents desire them. With two distinct islands for labs, students will examine the political history of Hawaii, how it became the 50th state, and how that history has shaped the current legal, political, and economic environment there.  Military might, luxury tourism, and cutting-edge scientific research meet strident calls by the indigenous population for the U.S. to give the land back.
Professor: Jamey Leahey.  

MERIDA, MEXICO: Internships. Director of Career Counseling Deb Jones and Prof. Phyllis Passariello will oversee this innovative program that allows students to do a carefully selected internship with a Merida firm or organization. Students live in homestays; some Spanish is necessary. You must get permission from Ms. Jones and Dr. Passariello before paying the non-refundable $200 deposit by March 12th; an additional $400 is then due by March 29th. (Students may apply for Externship Plus to help cover costs; the senior subsidy also applies.)

NEW ZEALAND: Physical Science of Volcanoes (NSC 250).  The course covers types of volcanoes, classes of eruptions, environmental effects, volcanic hazards, chemical properties of volcanic products, and historic eruptions. Most lectures are conducted in the field at several active and dormant volcanoes. There is a large amount of hiking, some of it relatively strenuous and at high altitude, so physical fitness is a requirement. Prerequisite: CHE 131,117 or 135, NSC 110 or 140, PHY 110, PHY 170, or permission of instructor. Go to web.centre.edu/workmanj and click on the course link. Estimated cost: $3,600 
Professors: Conrad Shiba or Joe Workman. .

Centre Study-Abroad Options for Summer 2010
This coming summer Centre is offering four exciting options for study around the world.  Two, the Early Summer Strasbourg and K.I.I.S. options, continue from past years; two others, the Early Summer Merida and Israeli Dig option, have been added for this summer.

Early Summer Merida Program (ANT 250) -  Incidents of Travel in the Yucatan: Exploring Merida and the Maya Heartland:  May 24th – June 14th, 2010.  Using the many resources available in or within a day’s drive of the Merida, the beautiful capital city of the Yucatan, the course will include an introduction to the ancient Maya, with on-site visits to several ancient Maya cities.  It will also explore the on-going vitality of contemporary Maya culture, and the anthropologically significant and well-documented ‘folk culture’ of the Yucatan,  not only in Merida, but also in the smaller colonial cities and indigenous Maya villages.  Also includes an introduction to the unique ecology of the Yucatan peninsula, with its many caves, underground rivers, estuaries, ‘cenotes,’ and  both the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Ocean, resulting in the rich flora and fauna that influenced ancient Maya culture as they influence Yucatan life today.  The second weekend is free for individual travel from Thursday-Sunday evening; students with no Spanish will get “survival Spanish” training on arrival; students live in the legendarily popular Merida home-stays.  This option is not available to students who have studied or plan to study in Merida during a regular semester.  More information will be available on Wednesday, January 13th, at 7:00 p.m., in the Davidson Room. For this course, you must first be approved by Ms. Nesmith at the Center for Global Citizenship and then pay a $500 non-refundable deposit at the Cashier’s Office by Monday, March 8th; the additional $1,300 is due May 3rd.  This trip qualifies for senior subsidy support.  Cost, including tuition, airfare, room, board, and excursions: $1,800. 
Professor: Phyllis Passariello.

Early Summer Strasbourg Program (HUM 269) - The Art of Walking in Europe: 24 May – 14 June, 2010.   Students live in Centre’s Strasbourg apartments while exploring the city and region on foot, by bike, and by train.  The text for the course is Immanuel Kant's Analytics of the Beautiful and of the Sublime; the context for the course is Cathedral, castle ruins, waterfalls, canals, and botanical gardens.  Class excursions will transport students to the mountains on either side of the Rhine River: the Black Forest in Germany and the Vosges Mountains in Alsace.  Students with no French will get “survival French” training at the beginning of the course.  The second weekend is free for individual travel in Europe from Thursday-Sunday evening; the last few days of the course are conducted in Paris.  This option is not available to students who have studied or plan to study in Strasbourg.  More information will be available on Wednesday, January 13th, at 7:00 p.m., in the Davidson Room in Carnegie.  For this course, you must first be approved by Ms. Nesmith at the Center for Global Citizenship and then pay a $500 non-refundable deposit at the Cashier’s Office by Monday, March 8th; the additional $1,900 is due May 3rd.  This trip qualifies for senior subsidy supportCost, including tuition, airfare, room, board, and excursions: $2,400. 
Professor: Ken Keffer.

Israel Dig: Roman and Byzantine Galilee  (an upper-level history or religion course) – July 14th – August 7th.  Centre students are invited to join Prof. Tom McCollough who is leading the archeological excavations of Cana of the Galilee. Students will be part of an archaeological team that will include students from other schools.  The on-going excavation is of a first-century Jewish village that becomes a Christian pilgrimage center in the 4th century. The site is of particular importance because it is near Nazareth.  Members of the dig will live on kibbutz just north of the village of Jesus and three miles from the site. If interested, first get approval from Prof. McCollough and then pay a $500 non-refundable deposit at the Cashier’s Office by Monday, March 8th; the additional $3,350 is due May 3rd.  This course qualifies for Centre’s senior subsidy. Cost, including airfare, $3,850.

 Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) Summer Programs. The KIIS summer programs are excellent financial values and receive 3 or 6 hours of academic credit.  Programs this summer are planned for Argentina, Austria, Berlin, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Greece, Istanbul, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Munich, Paris, Poland/Ukraine (Krakow and Kiev), Prague, Salzburg, and Spain.  (The K.I.I.S. program in Istanbul, directed by Centre Prof. Tom McCollough, is the only K.I.I.S. summer program that qualifies for a Centre senior subsidy.)  Visit the website, www.kiis.org.  Interested students need to first get clearance from Ms. Nesmith in the Center for Global Citizenship before registering on-line.  Once registered, students should fill out a form in the Registrar’s office if they wish the K.I.I.S. summer credits to be transferred to Centre.

CentreTerm (2011) Programs
There is a two-step process to become part of a 2011 CentreTerm trip. Students must first apply to become a member of a trip to the faculty leader.  Students should do this as soon as possible but no later than Friday, March 5th.  By Monday, March 8th, the faculty leader will notify you by email if you are approved or are wait-listed for the trip.  Students approved can hold their “slot” by paying a non-refundable deposit of $200 at the Cashier’s Office in Boles Hall by noon on Monday, March 15th. Wait-listed students will be notified by e-mail as soon as slots become open.  Although professors establish their own criteria for selection and are the final arbiters of how many and which students may participate, most will consider the relevance of the trip to students’ academic interests; some may ask students to fill out a form or write a short essay.  To continue to hold your slot, you must pay the rest of the first payment (one-third the cost of the trip, minus your initial $200 deposit) at the Cashier’s Office by noon on Monday, March 29th, the day after spring break.  (The second payment is due on September 6th, the third on November 1st.)  The Dean will approve trips with 16 or more paid participants by March 29th.  Some students on CentreTerm trips may need to store their belongings at Centre while away and move into different residence-hall rooms at the beginning of spring term.  In the past, students on CentreTerm trips have received a reimbursement of about $200 on their spring-term bills because of meals missed in January—though this is not guaranteed for the future. 

Bahamas: Tropical Marine Biology (Bio 250 or Bio 450):  This course, conducted at Gerace Research Centre in the Bahamas, is open to all students regardless of major, Bio 110 prerequisite.  Students will study and observe marine life in the coral reef, mangrove, and sea-grass areas, both onshore and offshore, of San Salvador Island while snorkeling or scuba diving; scuba certification is NOT required.  The course includes small-group research projects on the evolution, ecology, and behavior of marine life. Estimated cost: $2,400.
Professor: Brian Storz

Barbados: Research in Primate Behavior (PYB 450):  This course will be conducted at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve and Primate Research Center.  Students will live the life of a field researcher tracking and observing wild troops of vervet monkeys in the Barbados Wildlife Reserve and in St. James Parish. After familiarizing themselves with the behavior of the monkeys, students will define a research question, collect appropriate behavioral data, conduct statistical analyses and present their findings. Estimated cost: $3,000.
Professors: Melissa Burns-Cusato and Brian Cusato.  

Cameroon: African Politics/Civil Society: the case of Cameroon (GOV 441):  This course highlights the dynamic nature of civil society in a country seeking to meet the challenges of economic development and democratic governance.  Students visit with government officials, opposition leaders, traditional chiefs, journalists, and NGOs in both rural and urban settings to provide an understanding of Cameroonian politics.  We will also hike on Mt. Cameroon, visit Botanical Gardens in Buea, and frolic on the black-sand beaches of Limbe.  Estimated cost: $3,400.
Professor: Lori Hartmann-Mahmud

Catalonia: Politics, Language and Regional Identity in Spain, France, and Andorra (SPA260/460): With a primary focus on the region’s history, politics, culture, and language, this course will involve a trans-frontier study of the development of national identity in North and South Catalonia.  Except for the time spent in France, it will be conducted in Spanish, and students will be expected to converse and produce their assignments in the target language.  Prerequisite: SPA 220 or equivalent.  Estimated cost: $3,200.
Professors: Genny Ballard and Julie James

Greece: Ancient and Modern (upper-level history course):  Students will visit sites, museums and areas of cultural and historical significance to explore ancient and more recent art, architecture, literature, history, and philosophy of Greece.  Travel will be both on the Greek mainland and to the Greek island of Aegina.  Students will have the opportunity to visit a variety of famous historical places such as the Acropolis in Athens and the site of the oracle at Delphi. Estimated cost: $3,700. 
Professor: Jim Morrison

The Holy Land: A Journey to Israel & Jordan  (upper level HIS or REL) This course will focus on the ways in which Judaism, Christianity and Islam have made Israel into a “holy land.”  Students will begin in Galilee focusing on the Jesus movement, early rabbinic Judaism, and the impact of Christian pilgrimage.  The class then moves to Jerusalem before traveling along the Dead Sea to visit Qumran, Masada, and finally cross into Jordan to visit Petra.   Students will stay in a Kibbutz in Galilee.  Estimated cost: $2,900.
Professor: Tom McCollough.

India and Nepal:  Sacred Journey, Himalayas to the Ganges (ANT 220/320): Exploring the connections between pilgrimage and tourism, this course follows ancient Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage routes across north India into Nepal, to sacred sites of the Kathmandu Valley, to the foothills of the Himalayas, through the archetypal hill stations of Darjeeling by Mt. Everest, with two overnight ‘sleeper train’ rides, traveling from the source of the sacred Ganges River, culminating at the Taj Mahal. Estimated cost: $3,700.
Professor: Phyllis Passariello

Mérida, Mexico: Internships.  This is program overseen by Mindy Wilson in Career Services and Lisa Nesmith in the Center for Global Citizenship with the faculty Intern sponsor being Prof. Rick AxtellStudents live in homestays and do a carefully selected internship with a Merida firm or organization.  Intermediate Spanish  language ability required.  A non-refundable $200 Deposit is due by 29 March with the remaining $500 due by 6 September. If interested, come to a special meeting at 11:20 on Thursday, 4 February, in the Davidson Room of Carnegie.  Cost: $700 plus airfare.
Contact: Rick Axtell

Peru: Politics, Plazas, and Pyramids  (ANT 294/394):  This course will address a hotly debated current question in archaeology: how and when did states first emerge?  Students will visit and compare and contrast key archaeological sites from the Formative, Moche and Chimú societies while learning to understand and interact with the very different Peruvian culture.  Students may elect to remain in Peru at the conclusion of the course to visit Machu Picchu.  Estimated cost: $3,200.
Professor: Robyn Cutright

Vietnam: (HIS 334)This course will study the effects of shifting social, cultural and political forces on a traditional, rural society.  It will visit the place where the Vietnamese destroyed a Chinese fleet in 938, ending 100 years of Chinese rule and forging an intense Vietnamese nationalism that pervades even modern Vietnamese society.  Students will travel to pivotal sites in Vietnam, including the Museum of War Remembrance; climb the highest towers of Angkor Wat; and visit one of the killing fields in Cambodia.  Estimated cost: $3,900.
Professor: Clarence Wyatt