American journalist Lisa Ling once said, “The best education I have ever received was through travel,” and Wabash echoes her sentiment. Opportunities for travel happen every semester, with various courses taking students around the world. The list for next year’s approved immersion courses ranges from old favorites to new opportunities. France, Germany, and England are on the list, as well as the return of the summer Ecuador course headed by Professor of Spanish Dan Rogers and Associate Professor of Spanish Jane Hardy, as well as a new location for next year, Andrea Bear’s Czech Republic theater course. Theater 303- Seminars in Theater:
A Study in Czech Puppetry will be taught Fall Semester, 2018, and will include a week in Prague during Thanksgiving Break. This is the first time the class will be offered and will provide students enrolled to participate in a puppeteering workshop while abroad. “The class is going to focus on an overview of the Czech Republic in relation to art and puppetry,” Bear said. “Essentially how the culture and history intertwine with each other.”
Two summers ago, Bear took the Puppets in Prague workshop that
teaches marionette design and the carving process. Students, by the end of the trip, will also have designed and carved their own marionette. “Puppetry can push some ideas further, and Prague theater mixes many elements together,” Bear said. “They combine straight theatrical pieces and puppet shows, which is unique compared to Western theater. Prague does it almost seamlessly.”
Students who enroll in the class can expect extensive studies into Czech culture, history, scripts, folklore, theater, and more. Interested? Contact Andrea Bear in the Theater Department with any questions you may have.
For the forward thinking individual, Rogers and Hardy are hosting the first immersion course to Ecuador in five years. Entitled “Retracing the Steps of Ecuador’s First Novel,” the class will be held in the second-half of spring semester with a four week long immersion component in the summer and first-half independent study throughout the fall semester.
Rogers established the layout for the Ecuador immersion in 2003 with Hardy joining in 2008, and the courses have ranged from focusing on biology of the forests to the politics of the country. “The advantage of having a recurring trip to the same place
is that we have contacts there at the University,” Hardy said. “We have a travel agent, which makes the planning easier and provides a safer and pedagogically sound experience for students.”
Students will spend two weeks with a host family, allowing time for cultural immersion and study at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. The following two weeks will consist of traveling through different locations from the first Ecuadorian novel, Cumandá.
“The trick with planning an event like this is that it’s got to be a fantastic course, not just a fantastic trip,” Rogers said. “If you set up the travel phase with a strong course, the travel phase isn’t worth it.” Look out for these strong trips and more during registration season near the end of the semester, and if you have interest in the Ecuador trip, contact Dr. Rogers or Dr. Hardy for more information.