All costs include mandatory $150 office fee. All travel Jan Term courses are graded S/D/U.
Faculty: Elizabeth Banks & Elizabeth Parks
Course Description: This course explores the variety of theatre events available in London, including performances at the National Theatre and by the Royal Shakespeare Company, major commercial productions on London?s West End, and cutting-edge work on the London Fringe. Productions may include classical and modern works, well-known musicals, experimental productions and world premieres of original plays. During the day, we will take some trips as a group to tour theatres, museums, etc. When there?s not scheduled programming for the day, students are free to visit the many cultural and historical sites of London, or take short day-trips into the surrounding countryside.
Dates: January 9-24
Out of Pocket Expenses: $400
Music, Art, and Culture in New York City
Faculty: Daniel Dominick
Course Description: Experience the greatest city and the greatest collection of museums, architecture, and classical music concerts in the world. This course is about learning how to appreciate the arts and feel that you actually understand what is happening on that opera stage or in that museum exhibit. We will spend the first week or so on campus learning about the music and museums we will experience. We will also learn how to get around on the New York subway and buses, and talk about ways to eat on a budget. Every day in the city will have either concert or museum attendance but there will be some free days and nights in order to give you plenty of opportunity to find your own cultural experiences. Cost includes two weeks of lodging in a great location on Seventh Ave., airfare, transfer to and from the hotel, approximately five classical concerts, entrance into seven museums, and a special surprise event. Concerts will include a Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, chamber music, solo recitals, and more. Museums will include the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan, the Cloisters, and more. All students will come away with a new appreciation for art and a great sense of what art can add to your life.
Dates: January 2-24
Out of Pocket Expenses: $400
Spanish Immersion in Playa Sámara, Costa Rica
Faculty: Patrick Duffey
Course Description: This course is for intermediate and advanced Spanish students (minimum level: SPAN 201) who are SERIOUS about improving their language skills, about helping people, and about getting immersed in Costa Rican culture. You will live with families in modest accommodations in the beautiful town of Sámara, Costa Rica, on the Pacific coast, about four hours west of San José. You will spend half the day in intensive Spanish and culture classes, and the other half volunteering IN SPANISH with Asociación CREAR, a non-profit organization that offers supplemental education for kids ages 5-18 (field days, art projects, sports clinics, science experiments, and many other fun activities). You will take salsa classes, cooking classes, and several amazing excursions on the weekends:
• spend a night at the Arenal volcano, wake up the next day and hike it, then take a boat ride across the lago to Monteverde, spend the night there, and the next morning do an incredible zipline tour in the rainforest.
• Kayaking, surfing, ziplining, hiking
Dates: January 2-26
Out of Pocket Expenses: $375
Going Green in Europe: The Science and Politics Behind Renewable Energy
Faculty: Ryan Felix & Audrey Flemming
Course Description: This course will focus on green energy initiatives in Europe and the governmental policies that support them. As part of the course, we plan to visit three states in Europe (Scotland, Denmark, and Germany) to compare and contrast the renewable energy technologies that are currently being employed, as well as how these technologies have been integrated into everyday life. Along the way we will also examine conversation efforts and the politics involved in the creation of environmental policy at the local, national, and supranational levels.
Dates: December 28-January 18
Out of Pocket Expenses: $425
Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Panama
Faculty: Loriann Garcia
Course Description: Experience the rainforests of Central America steps from a wonder of the modern world-the Panama Canal. This course will begin in Panama City where we will explore the culture and history of the Republic of Panama. During our stay, we will board a ship and travel across the Panama Canal learning about the social and economic impacts of US-Panama relations before, during, and after construction. This course will also focus on the efforts of scientists to control mosquito-vectored diseases in the canal zone and worldwide. As we explore the canal zone, we will visit Gamboa and Barro Colorado Island which are two of the world’s most well researched tropical areas and we will hike along Pipeline road, a world-renowned bird watching destination. We will spend a part of our trip at the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation field station in Bocas Del Toro where students will be able to hike, swim, and snorkel throughout various rainforest and marine habitats learning about tropical ecology and conservation techniques.
Dates: January 2-22
Out of Pocket Expenses: $300
Mental Health: East Vs. West
Faculty: Ian MacFarlane
Course Description: Mental health is a complex topic involving biological, cognitive, emotional, social, and cultural influences. Successfully treating mental illness requires attention to all these domains, as well as economic factors and the ability to navigate the health care system. This course will compare two nations? approaches to dealing with mental illness: the United States and Japan. The two systems have evolved from very different roots, but now overlap quite a bit. Which model better serves those in need of mental health services and what can each side learn from the other? These are the central questions of the course. No previous coursework in psychology or Japanese is required for this course. The course will meet on-campus for 3 days at the beginning of JanTerm to provide an overview of the mental health system in the US as a basis for comparison with the Japanese system. We will begin our time in Japan in Tokyo, but will also visit other cities to broaden our understanding of the mental health system as well as explore important cultural and religious sites. Sample topics we will tackle include the Westernization of Japanese health care, the de-institutionalization movement, Kampo (traditional Chinese medicine adapted to Japan), psychosomatic health practitioners, the mind-body connection, religious influences (particularly Buddhism & Shinto), and the clinician education process.
Dates: January 2-22
Out of Pocket Expenses: $750
Oxford in History and Literature
Faculty: Elizabeth Ashcroft Terry
Course Description: Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a college student in the Middle Ages? In the Renaissance? Do you love J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis? This course is designed for students who want to get to know a real medieval, early modern, and modern university?Oxford University, in the United Kingdom. We will live and breathe Oxford life for three weeks, starting by learning about what the town and university were like in the Middle Ages, when scholars debated the philosophy of Aristotle. Then we will learn about John Wycliffe, and the beginning of the Reformation in Oxford, and then the Oxford of the Tudors, where people lost their lives over their interpretation of Christianity, and of the king?s authority. During this unit we will also go to the Bodleian library and examine some manuscripts and books from the sixteenth century. This course is all about experiencing texts in their original contexts and settings, so we will read Shakespeare, and then go to a Shakespearean play at the Globe Theater. The second part of the course will be all about the literary history of Oxford, a place where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien met for heated discussions, a place where Lewis Carroll took a girl named Alice for boat rides, and wrote a book about her adventures in Wonderland. We will end with modern Oxford, with World War II and the childhood of Winston Churchill. The course will be supplemented by trips and walking tours around the city of Oxford, and will include a trip to London, to Blenheim Palace and Warwick Castle. This is a study abroad program for students who want to get to know a place deeply and richly, as their own.
Dates: December 28 – January 18
Out of Pocket Expenses: $480
Shatterzone of Empires: East Central Europe from the Baltic to the Balkans
Faculty: Hunt Tooley
Course Description: Historians have recently coined the phrase “Shatterzone of empires” to describe the zone of East Central Europe where four great empires collided. Historically, from the Baltic to the Aegean, and from the middle Danube to the Black Sea, the Ottoman, Habsburg, Prussian, and Russian Empires shared these jostling multi-ethnic borderlands. In these lands, ethnic cleansing got its start. Here the Holocaust took place. Here a large variety of modern ideologies emerged. But these borderlands also give us examples of long-term multi-ethnic cooperation and cohabitation, gems of Western classical music, innovative approaches to local self-rule from early modern times to the present, the discovery of the unconscious mind, and an incredible resilience in the face of Soviet and Nazi totalitarianism. Pluralism, openness, and important experiments in self-government and toleration also bloomed here and continue to do so. This study trip will be devoted to an exploration of this “Shatterzone.” We will visit Berlin, Tallinn (Estonia), Lviv (Ukraine), Timisoara (Romania), Belgrade (Serbia), Krakow (Poland), and Vienna. The price of the trip includes a full breakfast at all hotels and six arranged meals besides breakfasts. Also, trip cancellation insurance is included in the course fee. You will need the out-of-pocket money for lunch and dinner (except for the six arranged meals), incidentals, your own (non-class) travel within cities, etc. We will “meet” most days, but there will be plenty of free time on your own (including some days off) for exploring. We will study the history and culture of this fascinating region, but we will also see the major sites, do much walking (and some winter bicycling), see where the Communist regimes started to fall, and see how East Central Europe has fared in the wake of the Cold War. “Shatterzone”? We shall see.
Dates: December 31-January 20
Out of Pocket Expenses: $300
Southeast Asia: Myanmar (Burma) and Cambodia
Faculty: Ivette Vargas-O’Bryan & Eric O’Bryan
Course Description: Come experience the cultural and Buddhist traditions of Myanmar (now with a democratic government) and Cambodia. The temple complexes of Myanmar and Cambodia are known as the great wonders in Southeast Asia. From historic temples like Angkor Wat to live traditions with Theravadin Buddhist monks conducting alms rounds in picturesque villages and mountainous areas, this trip is meant to engage students in the historic, cultural and environmental aspects of the Buddhist traditions of Southeast Asia. We will learn about the history, religious traditions and environmental consciousness of the cultures as we visit ancient ruins and active temple complexes; engage in cultural activities like lighting rituals, Buddhist puja and meditation in beautiful temples and landscapes; and enjoy a hike or walk through local villages and mountains. Study trips and tours may include Mandalay, Monywa, Pakkoku, Bagan, Heho, Inle Lake, Yangon, and Siem Reap (the region of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The trip includes lectures, engagement activities, tours, and special assignments. Engage in an experience you will take with you throughout your education at AC!
Dates: December 28-January 21
Out of Pocket Expenses: $300
A Walk Among the Ruins: The History and Archeology of Ancient Greece
Faculty: Martin Wells
Course Description: This course is an intensive journey back to the past. With Athens as our home, we will explore the sites and monuments of the city which bore witness to the creation of much that we hold to be the foundation of western civilization. Experts will guide us through the history, archaeology, and architecture of the Acropolis and the Agora, the marble and ceramin masterworks in the National Archaeological Museum, and visits to Bronze Age, Classical and Roman centers outside of Athens. We will also study and reflect on the role the ancient world plays in modern Athenian and Greek society, especially in this time of economic uncertainty. Students will stay in furnished apartments in Athens and in a hotel on our excursion to Nafplio. There will be opportunities for students to explore the city’s street markets, shops and restaurants on their own and to attend cultural activities. As this is an intensive experience with a great deal of walking over often steep and uneven terrain, students must be in good physical health to participate.
Dates: January 2-23
Out of Pocket Expenses: $600
High Adventure in the Land of Everest: Mountains, Myths, and Monasteries
Faculty: David Baker
Course Description: This May Term course will take you on an active journey of discovery in Nepal, the mystical land of Everest. From ancient traditions to modern perspectives, we will explore science and culture of the Himalayan region. At every stage, we will analyze relationships among nature and the local people. And along the way, we will gain a better understanding of our own personal relationships with nature. Our classroom is nature itself. We will explore deep into the Everest region, home to the world?s highest peaks, massive glaciers, and remote mountain villages seeped in Sherpa history. Our eight-day hike along the famous Dudh Khosi River follows the main route toward Mt. Everest, with majestic views of the world?s highest mountain. Monasteries and tea houses sparsely dot the surroundings. In Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site), we will observe indigenous plants and wildlife that are protected within the Sacred Himalayan Landscape. We will interact with the locals in authentic ways, learning from their culture and respecting their ways. In Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital, we will wander narrow cobbled streets and shop at the world?s highest market. This remote experience will contrast with our stay in bustling Kathmandu. Here we will explore the labyrinth of backstreet courtyards and colorful stalls of Nepal?s largest city. We will also visit the holy Monkey Temple, among the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites. In Chitwan National Park, we will ride elephants through lush jungle largely untouched by humans. We also hope to volunteer at a Nepalese school, interacting with local children and perhaps helping rebuild structures damaged during the recent earthquake. This course will place unique demands on participants. We will be engaged in significant physical activity, hiking as much as 8 miles per day with elevation gains of 2600 feet. Although we will not reach the extreme altitudes of the Himalayas, we will hike above 13,000 feet. Volunteer work may require some physical labor. Accommodations will be comfortable but basic. A positive team-oriented attitude will be essential for a successful experience.
Dates: May 16-June 2
Out of Pocket Expenses: $495
Spain: The Legacy of Pluralism
Faculty: Lourdes Bueno
Course Description: From its very origin, Spain has been a melting-pot of civilizations: Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, Muslims, and Jews helped shape Spain as the country it is today. However, during the Middle Ages, three of these cultures (the Christian, the Moorish, and the Jewish one) lived and interacted on the Iberian Peninsula for seven centuries. All three of them left an intensive imprint in the Peninsula, not only in the architecture, but in the culture in general. During this course, we will learn about these three amazing and exotic cultures by not only visiting ruins, monuments and special sites, but also tasting the food, learning the dances and enjoying the festivities we inherited from them. Students will be staying with host families, practicing their Spanish skills. This course won’t fulfill the language requirement, but will count towards a minor or major in Spanish.
Dates: May 15-June 2
Out of Pocket Expenses: $500
Biological and Cultural Diversity in Trinidad and Tobago
Faculty: David Aiello & Jessica Healy
Course Description: Together we aspire, together we achieve”” is the national motto of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and reflects the diverse biological & cultural history of this archipelagic nation. In close proximity to the Orinoco River Delta, the English-speaking island of Trinidad is seven miles from the coast of Venezuela, making it the most southern of the West Indies Islands. Trinidad & Tobago are extraordinarily biodiverse (472 bird species, 100 mammal species, 30 amphibian species, and 90 reptile species, including endangered sea turtles, in an area the size of Delaware). Multiple excursions will expose students to diverse ecosystems (e.g., tropical rainforest, montane forest, sink caves, coral reefs, lowland swamps) and the plant and animal life present in each. Excursion highlights include watching thousands of bats emerging at dusk from Mt. Tamana bat caves, close observation of 1000-pound egg-laying sea turtles, scuba diving/snorkeling on Tobago’s colorful coral reefs, watching the sun set on Caroni Swamp as hundreds of scarlet ibis come down to roost, and exploring the explosion of color that is the world-famous Asa Wright Bird Center. Students also will have the opportunity to conduct a service learning project with a local environmental research institute. Our trip will, in part, allow us to explore the rich culture and history of Trinidad and Tobago. Demographically, the largest ethnic group in Trinidad and Tobago is Indo-Trinidadian, people of Indian descent brought to Trinidad by the English as indentured servants, but several cultures and religions coexist in the country, with people of Hindu, Muslim, and Christian (predominantly Catholic) faiths existing side-by-side. Cultural opportunities may include attending a Trinidadian Catholic Mass and visiting the Temple by the Sea (one man’s lifetime work to build a Hindu pilgrimage site on the ocean itself). Students in this course must be physically fit and be prepared for extensive hiking in warm weather and other adverse conditions.
Dates: May 17-June 4
Out of Pocket Expenses: $400