The Faculty-Led Academic Trips provide a remarkable opportunity for an intensive learning experience with a group of Saint Michael's College students and faculty. This year's trips reflect our commitment to international education and to experiential learning. We recognize that not all students can afford to study abroad for an entire semester, and these courses represent an exciting alternative. Trip destinations have been carefully selected to immerse students in their learning and to integrate their theoretical knowledge with the perspective of place. Most people will agree that this is the best way to learn and to retain knowledge.
Coral Reef Ecology, Cuba
BI 253/ES 253 (2 credits)
December 2013 - January 2014
This 2-credit Biology or Environmental Studies course is an intensive 10-day field course to study coral reefs and associated habitats in Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs), Cuba. There will be required readings, lectures, discussions, films, both in Vermont and in Cuba. In addition to extensive exploration of the coral reef and associated habitats, students will carry out a field research project. Plans are being made to visit several of the marine research facilities of the University of Havana, including a marine aquaculture center. The fall course (BI 253/ES 253) is prerequisite to the study trip course. Together the two courses will count for an elective in either Biology or Environmental Studies and will fulfill the Experiential Learning requirement.
Professor Karen Talentino, email@example.com
Professor Mark Lubkowitz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shakespeare in Performance, England
EN 307 (2 credits)
May 23 - June 6, 2014
This course on Shakespeare's plays in performance on stage is an intensive two-week study trip to England and to summer performances of Shakespeare's plays by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as by other companies in other venues, including London. Field trips will include Oxford University and Blenheim Palace (site for the filming of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet).
While the 2-credit study trip in England will focus on the summer performances that students will witness on the stage, a 2-credit spring course on campus will focus directly on performances of Shakespeare's plays on screen. Taken together, the sequence of two 2-credit courses will satisfy requirements in Experiential Learning and in the LSC (Literary Studies) or in the English major (300 level). The spring course will focus on screen performances of five of Shakespeare's plays, and the summer study trip will focus on stage interpretations of the five Shakespeare plays we will attend.
For program details: Preliminary Information Sheet, Shakespeare in Performance Poster
Professor Nick Clary, email@example.com
Professor Joan Wry, firstname.lastname@example.org
Politics, Culture and Globalization in Central America, Guatemala
Sociology 302 (4 credits)
May 26 - June 19, 2014
Guatemala is one of the most exciting places to visit and to study in the Western Hemisphere. Its vibrant indigenous culture - representing about half the country's population - has ancient roots but is nevertheless constantly adapting to a changing modern world. Its terrain, with gorgeous lakes and towering volcanoes, coffee-covered slopes and rain forests, will take your breath away. And it's political history sadness reveals the on-going tragedy of US interventionism, whether in the "Cold" War of the 20th century or the "Drug War" of the 21st century. In this twenty-five day trip, students will study sociology in an urban setting during the week, living with a Guatemalan family and putting emerging Spanish skills into practice, while taking trips as a group to the indigenous highlands during the weekends. Readings and sessions will bring students into contact with some of the many intelligent, committed and capable Guatemalan social scientists, religious workers, and community developers. This course fulfills the following LSC requirements: Global Issues that Impact the Common Good OR Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior. It also fulfills the Experiential Learning requirement.
Professor Robert Brenneman, email@example.com
Professor Gabriela Ochoa-Brenneman
Otherness and Marginalization, Guyana
GL 341 (2 credits)
May - June 2014
The focus of this trip will be on identifying similarities and differences in what marginalization means in a developing nation as compared to the developed world. Guyana's history provides an excellent example of many factors that contribute to global marginalization experienced by the developing world. The conditions at the service-sites to be visited expose the realities of extreme poverty and neglect. Students will discuss both the universality of suffering inherent in marginalization in any setting and the non-universal, unique circumstances that individuals face.
Professor Katie Kirby, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Karen Popovich, email@example.com
Culture and Society in Medieval Burgundy, France
HI/RS/AH/HU 280 (4 credits)
May 10 - 28, 2014
This program offers students first-hand experience of living in the place of SMC's origins – a 12th-century abbey – while studying medieval history and culture in its original context. Classes held every other day in Pontigny prepare students for site visits the next day to castles, churches, cathedrals, battlefields, abbeys, archeological excavations, towns and cities, museums and libraries. In this way reading, studying and exploring the material remains of this culture are integrated.
Terryl Kinder (Distinguished Visiting Professor of Fine Arts), a practicing medieval archeologist, lives in the town of Pontigny and speaks fluent French. The places the students will visit are an integral part of her research and some are not otherwise open to the public.
Professor Terryl Kinder, firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Kathryn Dungy