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Maymester 2023 Courses

CDD 240: Unsheltered: Homeless and Voiceless in St. Augustine

Sandi Gehring

Hearing the word “homeless” brings an image to mind, typically an unkempt, unclean man who is assumed to be struggling with substance abuse and/or mental health issues and living on the streets. We know now that this image does not truly represent the largest percentage of homeless people because their faces, ages and situations vary widely. This Community Integrative Experience course will explore several substantive issues by going out in the community and focusing on the homeless experience in St. Augustine. Students will learn how homelessness is defined and which people are homeless today, the major contributing factors of homelessness and explore the myths, facts, attitudes and beliefs about people who are homeless. By giving an honest and compassionate voice to the individual stories of the homeless, students will challenge their own attitudes and stereotypes about unsheltered poverty victims. More than ever before, there is a lack of housing that low-income people can afford in St. Augustine. Facing instability, eviction and homelessness, the unsheltered poverty survivors are a local, national and global issue. Homelessness is one of the greatest and most visible social ills of our time. Misunderstanding, misperceptions and apathy only increase the challenge to tackle the problem. Rather than dismiss the homeless as “only” the substance abusers, the mentally ill, and the panhandlers we need to better understand who is affected and why. Only when we can accurately and compassionately share their stories will the strategies to solve the issue rise to the surface.

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CDD 240: Biases in Mathematics, with a Focus on Women

Adebukola Adeyemi

For centuries now, women have been making huge impacts in mathematics, despite the various challenges and obstacles in their way. This course will explore and research some of the different biases (relating to race, culture, etc) that exists in mathematics and the effect on our world, with a focus on women – an underrepresented group in mathematics. This course explores major accomplishments and contributions by women in mathematics, as well as their impacts on our world. Some of these mathematicians are the “Hidden Figures” – the NASA team of “human computers” who made major impacts in early spaceflight. Furthermore, we will explore the struggles women have endured and still have to endure. As well as the role power and privilege play in the issue of bias in our society. We will take a day trip to Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL to see first-hand some of the history made by female mathematicians. We will be involved in numerous activities and online assessments to understand our own identity and biases. In the process of learning about notable female mathematicians and the types of bias in mathematics, students will learn about other cultures, as well as the roles power and privilege play in forming those biases. This course emphasizes reading, discussions, activities, day trip, group project, watching videos, reflections, and presentations. This is not a traditional mathematics course, no prior mathematical expertise is needed for this course, it is a mathematics course for all!

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CDD 240: Incarceration & Emancipation

Leslie Robison

Students will examine issues of freedom and privilege when they are each paired with a young man incarcerated by the state of Florida. In this socially-engaged art project called “Cellmates,” all participants will benefit from their growing knowledge of and respect for each other.

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CDD 240: A Photographic Investigation of a Changing St. Augustine

Jason Schwab

A Photographic Investigation of a Changing St. Augustine is a two week intensive documentary photography course that examines the effects of gentrification on local communities within St. Augustine. Through the use of photography, language, and research you will question how an influx of affluence and differing cultures may either negatively or positively affect specific communities within our city. Each student will create a body of images from the experiences and research they encountered during the course and then as an entire class we will work together to create a photographic book that synthesizes all of our work into a cohesive narrative.

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CDD 240: Deaf Ecosystem (with trip to DC)

Jennifer Catalano & June Ann LeFors

This course will provide students with a general orientation to the experiences of Deaf people including their daily life and cultural, educational, and employment experiences through an overview of the historical, philosophical, and social aspects of the lives of Deaf people in the United States. The course is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL). Deaf Ecosystem enables empowerment, purchasing power, and economic mobility of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Students will travel to Washington, DC for 3 days to visit Gallaudet University and experience the vibrant Deaf Ecosystem in the surrounding areas. The estimated cost per student is approximately $900.

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CDD 240: International Relations and Cultural Immersion - Bulgaria

Lisa Fiala

You will have a unique opportunity to explore this Eastern European country, learning more about its pivotal role in the region, meeting local government officials, NGO representatives and immersing yourself in its culture. You will have the chance to traverse ancient Roman roads in Sofia, visit an ethnographic open-air museum, lunch with students and faculty at a local university, climb the medieval Tsaravets Fortress, take a Bulgarian language class and shop for traditional handicrafts. You will also see Bulgaria’s

nature, enjoying magnificent caves, waterfalls and mountains while studying the impact of development programs here. A highlight of the trip will be a visit to the famous Rila Monastery, 7000 feet into the mountains complete with a visit to a local spa to truly immerse yourself in the culture of the area. The program fee for this 2-week course is $2800 and is all inclusive.

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CDD 240: LGBTQ+ Activism: Art and Politics

Jay Szczepanski

In this course, we will examine LGBTQ+ activism, both political and artistic, from the end of World War II up to the present day. Our purpose is to become familiar with the people, movements, and techniques that have contributed to social justice and equality for LGBTQ+ individuals and communities in the 20th and 21st Centuries. We will also consider how alliance-building with other marginalized groups can advance minority civil rights in a “majority rules” country. We will spend one week in San Francisco, CA, and the estimated cost per student is $2300. The first two weeks of class will take place on Canvas (as an online course); at the end of the second week, students will be responsible for flying themselves to and from San Francisco, where we will complete the activities listed from May 20-27, 2023. Students may—but are not required to—live on campus to take this course.

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CDD 240: Immersion in Venice: Travel Writing about the Culture, People, and Future of the Sinking City

Deborah Coxwell Teague

“Immersion in Venice: Travel Writing about the Culture, People, and Future of the Sinking City” will provide students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of Venice and interact with locals from diverse ethnicities, backgrounds, social classes, and neighborhoods. Students will learn about strategies currently in use in an attempt to cope with the rising water levels that threaten to destroy the city and how the threat is affecting the lives of the people who call Venice and the islands in the Venetian Lagoon their home.

Our course will begin on Wednesday, May 10, a few days after Spring Semester 2023 ends, and we will spend ten days together, exploring the magnificent floating city until the course ends on Saturday, May 20, 2023. Estimated trip cost per student: $2,000.

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CDD 240: Idioms, metaphors, proverbs, oh my! Language and culture in Cajun Country -Lafayette, Louisiana

Edwidge C. Bryant

This course examines the intersection between language and culture in Cajun country. Students will travel to Lafayette, LA on a seven-day field trip to observe and study Cajun culture, which include Acadians and Creoles. The students will visit the villages of Vermillionville and Village Acadien Memorial, Acadian Cultural Center, Alexander Mouton House Laura Plantation etc.), and participate in a language class and workshop activities. In addition, students will collect data and examine how words, idioms, metaphors, and/or proverbs covertly or overtly reveal the beliefs, values, norms, and social practices of the Cajun culture. Estimated trip cost per student: $850.

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CDD 240: Cajun Country: History and Culture

Eugenia Charoni

The course studies the cultural and historical richness of Cajun, Country in Lafayette, Louisiana. Through visits to several local sites (Vermillionville, Village Acadien, Acadien Memorial, Acadian Cultural Center, Alexander Mouton House Laura Plantation, etc), workshops (Cajun cuisine, folklore dance, ragdoll, etc.) and interaction with local “acadiens”, students will acquire substantial practical knowledge about this diverse area of the United States, while they build their intercultural competence and move beyond common stereotypes. This course includes a 9-day trip to Lafayette Louisiana. Estimated trip cost per student: $850.

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CDD 240: The Glorious Subcontinent: Diversity and Citizenship in India

John Young

The subcontinent of India has been a key locus of world civilization for at least five millennia. The origin place of two of the world’s four largest religions (Hinduism and Buddhism), it has also been part of both Muslim ruled (Mughal) and Christian-ruled (British) empires. Furthermore, India has been a key participant in almost every important trend in world history—the spread of commerce, imperialism, colonialism, nationalism, and the twentieth-century turn to democracy, to name only a few. This course will examine the impact of a few of these historical trends on India, with special emphasis on 1) the country’s social and cultural diversity and 2) the impact of nationalism and democracy. The immersive study abroad experience is a key component of the course; the readings and classroom discussions will supplement the field experience of studying abroad. Estimated trip cost per student: $3,761.

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CDD 240: Indigo and Textile History

Laura Mongiovi

This course will examine the histories associated with enslaved labor in the Southeast United States related to indigo and textile production, investigate current practices in the dye and textile industry and explore the historical significance of textiles within various cultures. Includes a hands-on indigo dye session and site visits to Kingsley Plantation in Jacksonville, a textile studio and two historical sites in St. Augustine.

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CDD 240: Exploring The World Through Museums

Ashley Simmons Coffey

This class studies contemporary museums globally, assessing their roles as social institutions and preservers and orators of heritage. During the first week, students will develop a framework for museum literacy (how to read museums) based on globalization and critical theories. The second week comprises the 3 - day study away portion. Students will tour the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art (University of Florida – Gainesville, FL), Epcot Center museums and galleries (Epcot Center Theme Park – Lake Buena Vista, FL), and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (Delray Beach, FL). The approximate cost for the 3 - day travel is $600 per person to cover student hotel accommodations, transportation, gas, and admission to museums and theme park.

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CDD 240: Sustainable Tourism and Environment Study Abroad Azores

Brenda Kauffman

This FlagSHIP course offers an immersive global learning experience in the Azores, an archipelago off the coast of Portugal. It will provide students a forum for critical reflection on community-driven issues, intercultural experiences, power and privilege, and critical global engagement. In collaboration with a locally owned farm, students will learn about new sustainable farming methods that will benefit both the Azorean community and the environment. We will spend 10 days in the Azores. Estimated trip cost per student: $3,105

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CDD 240: Archaeology, History, and Culture - Bulgaria

Lori Lee

Students will travel to Bulgaria to explore the archaeology, history, and culture through readings, museums, archaeological sites, and interaction with local people. This unique place-based learning includes 3,000 years of archaeological history, an 18th-19th century Ethnographic Living Museum, and artifacts and records from the Communist Era. This course will start on campus with 2 meeting days prior to travel. The 14-day travel program will take place from May 7-May 20, 2023. We will meet for a final group reflection on May 22 in class or via Zoom. The estimated total cost per student including flights, food, accommodation, excursions and in-country transportation is $2910 + a Study abroad fee of $75.

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CDD 240: THE CITY AS TEXT: Power, Nationalism and Memory in Prague & Vienna

Rachel Cremona

The purpose of this course is to explore the power of urban landscapes in shaping the negotiation of national identity, citizenship, and belonging. Through predominantly walking the urban landscapes of Prague and Vienna, students will examine how the political geography of the city is derived from power; they will consider how the city simultaneously produces, concentrates, distributes, and consumes power. In this way, they will achieve an understanding of how urban spaces structure social relations and convey meaning, in particular the sense (or absence thereof) of collective belonging.

Destination

Prague & Vienna

Days

7 Days Prague, 7 Days Vienna

Cost

Estimated trip cost per student: $5,080

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CDD 240: THE CITY AS TEXT: Power, Nationalism and Memory in Prague & Vienna

Wes King

The purpose of this course is to explore the power of urban landscapes in shaping the negotiation of national identity, citizenship, and belonging. Through predominantly walking the urban landscapes of Prague and Vienna, students will examine how the political geography of the city is derived from power; they will consider how the city simultaneously produces, concentrates, distributes, and consumes power. In this way, they will achieve an understanding of how urban spaces structure social relations and convey meaning, in particular the sense (or absence thereof) of collective belonging.

Destination

Prague & Vienna

Days

7 Days Prague 7 Days Vienna

Cost

Estimated trip cost per student: $5,080

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CDD 240: Scottish Theatre: Leading Ladies

Christine Fogarty

Professor Fogarty and her students will travel to Scotland for 14 days to visit the renowned Scottish theatre and local theatre. This study will concentrate on the historical stories highlighting the brave women of the '45. Students will explore Scottish women who participated in the turbulent events of 1745-46. This will include analyzing the role women played in the '45 and how historians have ignored their participation. We will deconstruct original letters, documents and stories that explore this inequity. The goal is to find inspiration from these documents and spotlight the leading ladies of the '45 with a final creative monologue. Estimated trip cost per student: $3635.10

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CDD 240: Travel Writing in the Land of Roses

Tracey Eaton

Introductory course in travel writing and photography features a 14-day trip to Bulgaria, a hidden cultural gem of Eastern Europe. Students will visit and write about ancient ruins, UNESCO sites, local markets and artistic enclaves. They will also interview and photograph villagers, craftsmen, musicians and others, including Roma settlers who have faced persecution and discrimination for centuries. Specialized guides and translators will accompany students throughout the trip. Estimated trip cost per student: $2,910.

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CDD 240: Berlin: Public Art / Public Memory

CDD 240: Berlin: Public Art / Public Memory

Chris Balachuk

Berlin: Public Art / Public Memory is a nine-day study abroad course based in Berlin, Germany. Berlin has a rich civic history, and this course will focus on the ways in which modern Berlin has commemorated war, trauma, separation, and its citizens, through the city’s art, architecture and civic design. With a particular attention on public art, students will be guided throughout the city to experience, and respond to, the ways in which the past has been visually represented. We will touch upon aspects of the history of art, architecture, and urban design, while discussing trauma and memory in modern Europe. Upon their return, students will be asked to propose new public art for their hometown, considering the roles, methods, and appearance of work viewed in Berlin.

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CDD 240: The Communist Experiment: The Balkans

Jessica Howell

Experience the rise and fall of Russian and Soviet influence in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. Sites we visit will highlight fundamental events and processes in politics, war, economies, culture, and society. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of the ways the Eastern Bloc has been shaped by the tragic moments of her past and relationship with Russia. While in the region, students will have the opportunity to interact with locals and gain an appreciation for the impact of Russian and Soviet rule on the development of identity in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia.

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CDD 240: Spain & Morocco: Two Countries, Two Continents – A Look at how History & Culture Influence Marketing

Michelle Woodhouse

This 14-day immersive trip to Spain and Morocco is designed to give students an understanding of the elements of culture and how these elements influence business and marketing decisions. Students will visit historical sites, engage with locals and business owners from different industries, and learn about the differences in cultural attitudes, beliefs, and values of people from different backgrounds. Students will have the opportunity to observe different strategies used by business owners in both major cities and rural villages to uniquely market their products and services. Gert Hofstede’s cultural dimensions will be used as the framework to conduct a cross-cultural analysis of both countries visited.

On this trip students will visit the cosmopolitan city of Madrid, the historic Andalusian capital of Seville, Granada - home of the Alhambra, and Cordoba. You will take the ferry to Morocco where you will have the chance to experience the diversity of Islamic North Africa in Tangier, Rabat, and Marrakech, culminating with a visit to the famous Chegaga Dunes in the Sarah Desert.

Estimated cost per student: $3,740

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