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Global Experiences

Spring 2016: Sister Republics: The Netherlands and America

 Sister Republics: The Netherlands and America

Faculty Leader: Jennifer Jones (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), History

Travel Dates: March 11- March 18, 2016

Class Meeting Times: Wednesday, 12:35-1:55p, Hickman Hall, Douglass Campus

Program Costs: $1,500

Course Number: 01:959:193, 1 credit and 01:090:112:12, 1 credit. (Honors Students will receive a total of 2 credits).

Join Dean Jennifer Jones and fifteen Rutgers Honors students who will serve as “ambassadors” for Rutgers on this historic Rutgers 250th anniversary mission to our “sister university,” the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. This field experience in Utrecht is tied to the Spring Honors Colloquium, “Sister Republics: The Netherlands and America,” and will take students to key historic and cultural sites in Utrecht. Rutgers students will meet and engage with Honors students and faculty at the University College Utrecht (UCU), a small international honors college within the University of Utrecht. Students will explore and debate issues with which both American and Dutch researchers are wrestling, including adaptation to climate change and rising sea levels, the impact of globalization on local and national economies, and the rise of ethnic and religious intolerance.

 

Outside the classroom, students will explore the city of Utrecht, taking in the history, culture, and social life of this important crossroads on the banks of the Rhine River. Utrecht is a youthful and vibrant city with a diverse, multi-ethnic population of over 300,000 Students will have ample opportunities to enjoy the pleasures of this charming city – from strolling centuries-old canals and exploring the distinctive wharf cellars, to experiencing the fun of riding a bicycle through medieval streets, and enjoying the many cafes and restaurants in the city center.

*There are 15 available spaces. Please apply early.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016.

Students accepted to the program will receive a special permission numbers to enroll in 01:959:193 (1 credit field experience) AND 01:090:112:12 (1 credit) .

TO APPLY, SEE THE STUDY ABROAD WEBSITE HERE!

 

Spring 2016 Conflict and Convivencia: Spain’s Three Cultures

Conflict and Convivencia: Spain's Three Cultures, Madrid, Cordoba, Toledo

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Faculty Leader: Julio Nazario (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), SAS Honors Program

Travel Dates: Friday, May 20, 2016 - Friday, May 27, 2016

Class Meeting Times: See dates below, 35 College Avenue Room 102, College Avenue Campus

Program Costs: $1,508

Course Number: 01:959:194, 1 credit

The field experience will take students to visit Christian, Muslim and Jewish historical sites in Spain. The field experience will begin in Madrid with a visit to the Archeological Museum of Madrid and a walking tour of historic Madrid. There will be a rail trip to Segovia, where we will explore the connections of Roman and Jewish history, narratives of the expulsion and visit a Jewish cemetery. Our second rail trip will be to Toledo, Christian Spain and visit the HQ of the Catholic Church in Spain since the Visigoth time. We then take a trip south to Cordoba and Seville to visit the Muslim sites and walk the streets of Muslim stronghold in Spain. In 1492, the Jews were expelled and Christians conquered Muslim Granada (but did not yet expel the Muslims from all of Spain).

Requirement reading: A Vanished World: Medieval Spain's Golden Age of Enlightenment by Christopher Lowney

Film Screening: Cities of Light: The Rise & Fall of Islamic Spain, a two-hour documentary

Course Requirement: Participation in the eight day field experience to the Spain. Students will be assigned before the trip Historical sites, leaders, Philosophers to research and they, the students, will lead the discussion at the sites.

Three short response (250 words) one on Muslim site, one on a Christian site, one on a Jewish site. A five page paper on the ideas encountered in the readings, film and field experience.

Meetings: Two meetings before the field experience and two meeting after we come.
1) First meeting: Overview and frame work of field experience, Friday, April 29, 2016 at 3:30pm-4:50pm
2) Second meeting: screening of Film, Friday, May 6, 2016, at 3:30pm-4:50pm
3) Third meeting: Discussion on field experience, TBA
4) Fourth meeting: “Best ideas” from the field trip presented by the students. The format for the presentations will be a modified version of the international Pecha Kucha standard: (see http://www.pecha-kucha.org/). TBA.

* There are 15 available spaces. Please apply early.

 

Spring 2016: A Tale of Two Uprisings: Warsaw & Krakow, Poland

 A Tale of Two Uprisings: Warsaw & Krakow, Poland

Faculty Leader: Nancy Sinkoff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Jewish Studies/History

Travel Dates: Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Saturday, May 21, 2016

Class Meeting Times: Tuesday/Thursday 2:50-4:10PM 

Program Cost: $1,408 (includes room, limited meals, tours). Airfare may be subvented through competitive grants administered by the Center for European Studies and GAIA. Jewish Studies majors/minors may also be eligible for grants through the department.

Course Number: 01:959:192, 1 credit, 01:563:270/510:263/01:360:292, 3 credits

In connection with the spring course "Exile under Nazism and Communism"  (01:563:270/510:263/01:360:292) Professor Nancy Sinkoff (Jewish Studies/History) will lead 15 students on a week-long global field experience, "A Tale of Two Uprisings," to Poland immediately after the semester. Building on the literary and historical themes of the course, high achieving students will visit two cities, Warsaw and Cracow, with day trips to Nowa Huta (The New Steel Mill), east of Cracow, and to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the Nazi concentration and death camps.

In Warsaw, students will explore the numerous sites commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (1943), the Warsaw Uprising (1944), and visit Polin: The Museum of the Jews of Poland as well as the Warsaw Uprising museum, History House, the Stalinist Palace of Science and Art, and the site of the new Museum of Modern Art. Students will also enjoy a bicycle trip to Wilanów Palace and a visit to the Poster museum. In Cracow, students will tour the oldest covered European medieval market, explore the architectural heritage of Poland's Jewish community as well as visit Oskar Schindler's factory. Together we will visit Auschwitz-Birkenau. There will be opportunities to engage with Polish and Polish-Jewish history in the form of theatre, performance art, and food. Students will also meet with Polish university students.

* There are 15 available spaces, first come, first serve.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016.

Students accepted to the program will receive a special permission number to enroll in 01:959:192 (1 credit field experience).

TO APPLY, VISIT THE STUDY ABROAD WEBSITE HERE

Summer 2017: Spain: Cultural Interactions before 1492

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Group Leaders: Professor Sarolta Takács & Dean Julio Nazario

Tour Leader: Ms. Laura Gatzkiewicz, Rutgers Study Abroad Director in Spain

Travel Dates: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 –Tuesday, June 14, 2017

Class Meeting Times: 5/19, 6/17, 3-5pm, 35 College Avenue Room 302, College Avenue Campus

Program Costs: TBA (approx $2,500)

Course Number: 01:959:194, 3 credits

The field experience will take students to Roman, Christian, Muslim and Jewish historical sites in Spain. Our explorations will begin in Madrid with a visit to the Archeological Museum of Madrid and a walking tour of historic Madrid. A railroad trip will bring us to Segovia, a city northwest of Madrid in central Spain, where we will explore the connections of Roman and Jewish history, narratives of the latter’s expulsion in 1492, and visit a Jewish cemetery.

Our second railroad trip will take us to Toledo, the “City of Three Cultures and a city established by the Romans,” where we will visit the primate cathedral, an episcopal seat since the time of the Visigoths. Then, we will make our way southward to Granada, Cordoba and Seville to visit Muslim sites and walk the streets of their strongholds in Spain. In contrast to the Jews, after the Christians conquered Muslim Granada, Muslims were not expelled from all of Spain.

Books for this course: J.S. Richardson, The Romans in Spain, John Wiley & Sons, reprint 1998 and M. Barry, Homage to Al-Andalus: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain, reprint 2014.

Readings will be posted on Sakai among these will be Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, Book 21 as well as selections from Strabo, Diodorus Siculus, and Appian.

Film Screening: Cities of Light: The Rise & Fall of Islamic Spain, a two-hour documentary.

Course Requirements

Students will be assigned research projects on historical sites (Roman, Christian, Muslim and Jewish) as well as political and religious leaders and philosophers before the eight-day field experience in Spain. While in Spain, students will lead discussions at the various sites based on these assignments.

Focus on Places and People (Examples)

Madrid: Romanization – Cultural Interactions between Celt-Iberians and Romans / Christian, Jews, and Muslims

Segovia: Romanization in Action / Aquaduct and Alcazar / Cultural Interactions and Trade / Jewish Heritage

Toledo: Romans and Visigoths / Umayyads / Al-Mansur/ El Greco / Alfonso the Wise / Al-Zarkali

Granada: Emirate of Granada / Mohammad XII (Boabdil) / Reconquista / Breakdown of Cultural Interactions / Ferdinand and Isabella / Abdul Rahman III /Tolerance vs. Intolerance /

Cordoba: Intersections of Cultures / Seneca / Ibn Rushd (Averroes) / Moses Maimonides

Seville: Romans and Vandals / Breakdown of Cultural Interactions (Pogrom) / Golden Age and Christopher Columbus

Italica: Roman City / Trajan/ Hadrian

 

Written Assignments:

  • 1) FOUR two page response papers (one each on a Roman, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim site) based on readings, film, and field experiences (10% each = 40% of final grade).
  • 2) Research Paper based on one of the response papers (35% of final grade).
  • 3) Create a group Pecha Kucha (PowerPoint) class presentation reflecting on the trip (25% of final grade).

Meetings: One meeting before the field experience and one meeting after our return. These meetings will take place at 35 College Avenue, 3rd Floor, on the College Avenue Campus.

Meeting Dates

First Meeting will be on Friday, May 19, 2017 - 3:00-500pm: Orientation, overview and framework of field experience in Spain.

Second Meeting will be on Friday, June 16, 2017- 3:00-500pm: Discussion and reflection on field experience; students will present “best ideas” from the field trip. The format for the presentations will be a modified version of the international Pecha Kucha standard: (see http://www.pecha-kucha.org/).

 

* There are 20 available spaces. Please apply early.

TO APPLY, VISIT THE STUDY ABROAD WEBSITE HERE

 

 

Fall 2015: Brazilian Culture: Conquest to Contemporary

Winter Break in Brazil: "Brazilian Culture: Conquest to Contemporary"

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Faculty Leader: Tatiana Flores (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Art History

Travel Dates: Saturday, January 9, 2016 - Monday, January 18, 2016

Class Meeting Times: Tuesday, 9:50AM - 12:50PM at Honors College Rm N106, College Ave Campus

Program Costs: $1500 (including room, most meals, tours) Costs related to administrative fees, HTH health insurance, administrative fees, round trip airfare between Newark and Sao Paulo are provided by the SAS Honors Program.

As part of the fall 2015 Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar "Brazilian Culture: Conquest to Contemporary" 01:090:295:05, Professor Tatiana Flores will be leading 15 students on a week-long trip to Brazil. In conjunction with the field experience, students will enroll in a one-credit course, 01:090:230:H1.

The course explores key tropes that have informed the formation of a particularly Brazilian identity through the lenses of nature and culture. Though these might seem to be contradictory categories, they nevertheless constitute ways for thinking about Brazil’s unique character. Beginning with texts and images related to the conquest, the course takes a panoramic tour of Brazil, through its cultural products and their relation to place. We will study indigenous cultures of the Amazon; Brazil in the European imaginary; colonial artists in the Northeast and Minas Gerais; the representation of race and class through text and image; the conceptualization of modernity in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Brasilia; and dichotomy of utopia and dystopia that has recurred in the country’s history. Given the professor’s expertise in art and literature in particular, there will be a strong emphasis on these areas, but architecture, urbanism, film, and music will also be addressed.

* Students must be enrolled in the SAS Honors Seminar "Brazilian Culture: Conquest to Contemporary" 01:090:295:05 and student will enroll in a one-credit field experience, 01:090:230:H1.

* There are 15 available space, first come, first serve.

 


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