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J-term travelers and their stories

Tour guide Lucy Campbell (left) shares the history of Cape Town, South Africa, with St. Kate’s GSJ students and MIPS director Donna Hauer (right)
Tour guide Lucy Campbell (left) shares the history of Cape Town, South Africa, with St. Kate’s GSJ students and MIPS director Donna Hauer (right)

January-term classes go through January 29 at St. Catherine University and this year, as in years past, students have elected to enroll in a course that would take them overseas. 

For some, it was an opportunity to return to a country they had visited. For others, it was their first time abroad. Here are a few of those classes:

GSJ: "Dismantling Racism in South Africa and Namibia"

Donna Hauer, director of the Multicultural International Programs and Services Office, and Martha Phillips, biology professor and department chair, are leading a group to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, and the city of Windhoek and other locations in Namibia. They have met with guest speakers and spent hours discussing topics such as racism, anti-apartheid movements and the new independence in both countries.

"We're impressed with the students' dedication to learning including taking their assignments seriously. Many are feeling the impact of a severe change in climate from Minnesota — temps in the 90's and a drier air that requires a conscious commitment to hydration."

Follow their journey at gsjsouthafrica2016.blogspot.com 

"The Cultural Context of Leadership in Japan"

This Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) course, led by Professors Martha Hardesty and Amy Ihlan, is currently abroad with 14 MAOL and MBA students, MAOL alumnae and faculty. Follow them on their course blog or Facebook page:

https://stkatesjapan2016.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/konnichiwa-we-have-arrived

https://www.facebook.com/stkatesjapan2016

"A Wizard of Their Age: Harry Potter in Contexts"

English Professor Cecilia Konchar Farr and her former student Kate Glassman '10, are traipsing through Europe with some students (a.k.a. Harry Potter fans) in a class sponsored by the Upper Midwest Association for Intercultural Education (UMAIE). The course began in London and was coming to an end at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida. You can view photos from their travels on the University's Facebook album.

"Bloodletting, Graverobbing and Dissection: The Development of Medicine and Anatomy from Antiquity to the Renaissance in Europe"

John Pellegrini, biology professor, and Emily West, associate professor of classics and history, are leading an UMAIE trip in England and Italy, with possibly lots of stories of blood and gore. Students are learning about ancient medicine and healing practices, and the development of scientific medicine, through visits to hospitals, ruins, crypts, London’s sewers and the Roman baths.

"The Chemistry of Brewing"

Chemistry Professors James Wollack and John Dwyer are leading a group of students through Munich and Belgium, in another UMAIE class. In addition to museum and brewery visits, the students are studying the physical, organic and biochemical process of beer brewing by staying at a Trappist monastery — with a centuries old brewing tradition. What's not to love?

Safe travels home, Katies!

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Learn more about study abroad at St. Kate's by visiting the Global Studies office.

Jan. 27, 2016 by Pauline Oo

See also: Faculty, Liberal Arts, Social Justice, Students