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ETSU offers unique educational opportunities abroad for summer 2009

Tuesday, December 23, 2008JOHNSON CITY—While East Tennessee State University provides a complete education for students through classes on the campus as well as distance learning and online courses, the university also offers some opportunities so unique that they require travel abroad. These classes are open to students in all majors and programs, as independent study options for graduate students and as non-credit options open to all university constituents. The summer of 2009 will be filled with such courses as:

  • A “London Theatre” class, May 11-25, will involve two weeks of attending live performances at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and other West End theatres. Dr. Katherine Weiss of the ETSU Department of English will guide this study of historic and modern theatre, which will involve required reading, observing and writing.
  • “Paleontology in China,” taught by ETSU’s Dr. Christopher Liu of the Department of Biological Sciences, will take students to world-renowned fossil sites and natural history museums in northeast China from July 13-Aug. 3. Students from Shenyang Normal University will join the class for first-hand experience in excavating and collecting fossils and for visits to Shenyang, Dalian, Fushun, Jiayin and Benxi.
  • A class will go to Dubai from May 18-June 5 to visit Middle Eastern public relations firms, ad agencies, newspapers, television networks, corporations, government agencies, universities, and cultural sites while students learn from professionals and fellow international students. The course instructor is Dr. John King of the Department of Communication, who taught for a year in the United Arab Emirates.
  • “Tropical Botany in Ecuador” and “Spanish Language in Ecuador” classes will run concurrently from June 8-July 10. Dr. Tim McDowell of the Department of Biological Sciences will guide students as they learn about tropical food and medicinal plants, conduct plant surveys, and make herbarium collections. The class will be conducted in the high Andes “paramo,” Amazon rain forests, Pacific coastal mangroves, cloud forest, desert, and petrified forest. Ecuadorian biology students will accompany the class. Dr. Jerome Mwinyelle of the Department of Foreign Languages will supervise students as they learn beginning or advanced Spanish during their journey.
  • Don Davis of the Department of Art and Design and a studio potter, has organized “Wood-Fired Terracotta in Italy,” a class conducted at the Castello di Spannocchia near Siena, Italy. The course, held from June 23-July 7, emphasizes experimentation, creativity, and the process of working with clay using rapid hand building techniques. All levels of expertise, from beginners to professionals are welcome. Group excursions are planned to museums, historical sites and traditional Italian potters in the area. The session will culminate with finishing the class members’ work in a wood-fired kiln.
  • “The American Expatriate Experience,” led by Dr. Jill LeRoy-Frazier of the Division of Cross-Disciplinary Studies, will be conducted in Paris and London from June 1-10. The course will focus on American writers, artists, performers and intellectuals who relocated to Paris and London in the years surrounding the two World Wars, and who, perhaps, were present at the “dawn of the age of globalization.”
  • An opportunity to learn about China’s history and culture with Dr. Henry Antkiewicz of the Department of History and Dr. Weixing Chen of the Department of Political Science will be offered approximately June 8-July 10 (the exact dates will be determined by the most economical ticket purchases in early 2009). Students will travel to Beijing, visiting the Great Wall, the Peking Opera, and Tiananmen Square, and then to Xi’an, home of the famous Terra Cotta Warriors. The cities of Yangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai round out the experience. Participants who wish an in-depth experience may choose to stay in China an additional month to attend the Intensive Mandarin Language Program at the North China University of Technology.
  • Students can explore the relationship between Appalachia and its major cultural progenitors—Scotland and Ireland—while traveling May 31-June 21from Scotland’s Orkney Islands to Edinburgh and throughout Northern Ireland. Using discussions, lectures, research and hands-on experiences, program participants immerse themselves in history, geography, literature, storytelling, music, art, language and folklore. Offered by ETSU’s new Department of Appalachian Studies, the course is led by Jane MacMorran, director of the 
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