Programs by Gpa: 3.20 + Dialogue of Civilizations


Annecy – French Language and Culture *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | Annecy, France

Faculty leader: Catherine Dunand (c.dunand@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator:  Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session: Thursday January 9th 6PM-7:30PM 298 Ryder Hall

 

Term: Summer I

Courses: CLTR4944: Contemporary French Culture

 FRNH 1302, 2301, 2302, 3301 (depends on student French level)

Description:

The program of this Dialogue consists of two courses, one in French language and one in Regional French culture and history.  Both courses are held in Annecy, in eastern France between Geneva and Chambery. Annecy is one of the most beautiful resort towns of the French Alps and is often referred to as the "Venice of Savoie." The town is situated on the shore of Lake Annecy, which is one of the cleanest lakes in the world. A trip to Paris will launch this special experience of France.


Argentina: Spanish Language and Argentinian Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Buenos Aires, Argentina

Faculty Leader: Claudia Sokol (c.sokol@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Session:

For Accepted Students Only: Tuesday, February 25th from 6-7 p.m. Location: 154 Ryder Hall  

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • SPNS1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Description:

This is a Language and Culture dialogue that goes to Buenos Aires, Argentina for 4 weeks and then to El Calafate, Provincia de Santa Cruz (Patagonia) for 5 days. The students will take language classes at a language school, Bridge Argentina in downtown Buenos Aires as well as a culture class. There will be several guest speakers that will talk about Argentina’s history as well as its complex economy, Argentinian writers such as José Hernández, Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Sábato, an Architecture Tour of the city of Buenos Aires, the tango and its influence in Argentina’s culture. We will take a City Tour to get to know the city and its different neighborhoods, a visit to the Teatro Colón, the second most important Opera- Concert house in the world, visit Tigre and its delta, Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay, a World Heritage site recognized by the UNESCO, visit the El Ateneo Gran Splendid bookstore, a real gem located in the old theatre that retains all the glory of an Italian opera house, go to the Estancia Don Silvano in Capilla del Señor and experience the gaucho’s  life & folklore. In Patagonia we will visit the Parque Nacional los Glaciares & do trekking on the Glaciar Perito Moreno if the season opens when we get there! We will also volunteer at TAMA, an animal shelter & talk in two radio stations to bring awareness to the general public about the importance of helping the abandoned and abused dogs that live in the shelter under deplorable conditions, with no roof or heating enduring severe winters!


BALKANS: Conflict Resolution, Nationalism(s), & the Question of Europe *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | Belgrade, Serbia

Faculty co-leaders: Profs. Denis Sullivan and Will Lovely (d.sullivan@neu.edu and w.lovelyiii@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • POLS 4938: International Politics Abroad
  • INTL 4944: Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement

Description:

The Balkans Dialogue investigates conflict and post-conflict reconstruction.  We look at American efforts to end the bloody conflict in Bosnia (through the Dayton Accords) in 1995. Four years later, NATO and the US were also militarily involved in the Kosovo conflict, bombing Belgrade and other parts of Serbia.  The program uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the history, culture, politics, and society of the former Yugoslavia.  NU students will meet with Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian community activists, students, scholars, and political leaders; journalists; U.S. embassy staff; E.U., U.N., and NATO representatives; plus various NGOs and civil society groups.  E.U. accession is a major question for Serbia as well as Bosnia.  We will study:

  • Balkans history, politics, and society
  • Conflicts, wars, and resolutions: Dayton Accords and more
  • Islam, Christianity and Judaism in Bosnia
  • Serbia after Milosevic
  • Bosnian-U.S. relations; Serbian-U.S. relations
  • NATO and the EU – external players inside the Balkans
  • Grass-roots organizing, NGOs, and civil society

BERLIN: Photography in Context – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Berlin, Germany

Faculty Leader: Andrea Raynor (a.raynor@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Berlin 2014 Information Session: 

Thursday, January 23rd 5:15 -6:00 p.m. 305 Ryder Hall 

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • ARTE 2500: Art & Design Abroad: Documentary Photography
  • ARTE 2501: Art & Design Abroad: German Cultural History

Description:

Photography in Context, Berlin is an intensive photography study abroad program. Classes offered will be ARTE 2500 (Documentary Photography) and ARTE2501 (German Cultural History).

In the Documentary course, students will develop their photographic skills working within a narrative visual format, while refining their unique photographic perspectives. Students will commit and immerse themselves to a term length project that will work towards developing strong editing skills and a concise narrative. Students must have been enrolled in Photo Basics or demonstrate advanced knowledge of digital photography and editing software.

The German Cultural History course will focus on the creative context of contemporary Germany, particular attention will be paid to photography, the visual arts and architecture. Class visits to museums, galleries, local studios, walking architectural tours and visiting lecturers by local artists will be an integral part of the class. This class is open to the university, with no pre-requisite.

 

 

 


BRAZIL: Alternative Energy Technology and Brazilian Culture (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Sao Paulo, Brazil

Faculty Leader: Courtney Pfluger (c.pfluger@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Information Sessions:

  • October 28th at 6pm, 368 SN
  • November 8th at 12pm, 368 SN

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • GE1201 Alternative Energy Technologies Abroad
  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagement: Brazilian Culture

Description:

Learn about different types of alternative energy technologies in the country that sources over 80% of its electricity by renewable technologies. We will be visiting multiple renewable energy sites and will be meeting industrial leaders who pioneered these technologies in Brazil. You will also be immersed in the Brazilian culture where you will learn about the history of Brazil and participate in cultural activities such as learning how to samba and perform capoeira and visit many cultural museums.  We will be ending the program with a four day three night excursion to Rio de Janeiro!


BRAZIL: Brazil in the 21st Century: A Cultural Study of a Globalizing Nation Hosting High Profile Events: 2014 World Cup, International Cooperation, Society, and the Global Context of the Portuguese Language (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Faculty Leader: Simone Elias (s.elias@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Information Session:

  • Nov, 5, Tuesday -  11:30 a.m.  RY 266 -  R.S.V.P 
  • Nov, 14, Thursday 3:00 p.m. RY 266 - RSVP 
  • By appointment in person or via Skype, for students on Co-op, NUin Students, and  students with scheduling conflicts - R.S.V.P. 

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad: Brazilian Culture
  • Students will take one of the following: PORT1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/Directed Study

Description:

Several agencies, institutions and organizations including the office of International Relations of the government of Belo Horizonte support the Brazil/ BH in the 21st program. This unique academic and cultural program offers students immersion into some of the world’s most dynamic, diverse and growing cities in Brazil: Belo Horizonte, also known as the Garden City and Brazil’s third largest city.

Two well-respected institutions host the program: 1) the top-ranked UNA University and 2) the Cultural Institute Brazil United States (ICBEU). The host university, UNA University, is a vibrant and innovative institution of higher education and is considered the best private university center in the state of Minas Gerais. Students will relate well to UNA University as it shares a similar profile to that Northeastern University, which aims to prepare students for life-long learning in a global, diverse marketplace.

Students will participate in two hands-on student-centered classes at ICBEU’s and UNA’s centrally located campuses around the Savassi and Lourdes districts of Belo Horizonte, which provide quick access to many historical and cultural points of the city. During this program, students will study the Portuguese language at the appropriated level, while interacting with their peers from UNA, professors and society. In addition, students will study the cultural dimensions of a fast growing city in Brazil - Belo Horizonte. The city has attracted some of the leading technology companies in the world, like Google and Fiat as well as hosting the 2014 World Cup. Belo Horizonte has also been awarded internationally for its policies on food security.  In order to provide a holistic view of the Brazilian culture, and to decipher its cultural layers, excursions will complement the study of the Portuguese language, in addition, participants in the Belo Horizonte Dialogue will have opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with leading government officials, diplomats, policymakers, industrial giants, locals, and cultural experts.

The cultural immersion of the Belo Horizonte program is furthered through academic exchange with students at UNA University, whom will act as mentors and buddies during the program, introducing and assisting the students to decipher and get immersed in the deepest layers of the Brazilian culture. The academic program will be complemented by numerous guided excursions, including an excursion to historical Ouro Preto, Sāo Joāo Del Rey, and Tiradents, along with a visit to the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro and other important satellite and historical cities in Brazil. During visits, students will have the opportunity to explore the cultural facets of a cosmopolitan city such as Belo Horizonte, a historical city of gold such as Ouro Preto and the fascinating Marvelous city Rio de Janeiro, thus, developing the ability to view the Brazilian culture with different lenses and from different angles. In addition, students will also engage in guest lectures, and field visits with scholarly authorities and local leaders.

By the end of the program, students will have had the opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with people from many diverse backgrounds, and thus gain exposure to a wide spectrum of Brazilian language, society and its culture. Ultimately, students will return home with a first-hand knowledge of the deepest layers of the Brazilian Culture and knowledge of the Portuguese language at the appropriated level.


CAMEROON: Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship “CLOSED”

Dialogue of Civilizations | Bali, Cameroon

Faculty Leaders: Richard Harris (ri.harris@neu.edu) and William Tita (w.tita@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Information Session: 

Date:  Tuesday, 1/28

Time:  6-7pm

Location:  15 Snell Library

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • GE1202 Engineering Innovation and Discovery Abroad
  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagement: Social Sciences Business & the Modern African Economy

Description:

a.           What is the Dialogue of Innovation?:  Identifying problems, societal needs, and developing engineering innovation solutions, through student engagement, between Cameroon Christian University and Northeastern University.

b.         This program will seek to help students develop and/or implement field projects that will focus on local, national and international opportunities that promote advances in science and technology which may improve the quality of life in unique communities.  This effort will provide students with the opportunity to innovate and develop problem-solving ideas in an effort to make a positive difference through an entrepreneurial spirit.  The ‘Dialogue of Innovation’ will be implemented using the Jola Venture, Inc. “model” for:  (1) social innovation (making a positive difference in the world), (2) technological innovation (engineering problem-solving solutions) and (3) entrepreneurship (business development) to address these societal needs.  The classroom seminar and experiential activity will enable students to engage in both a theoretical analysis and practical examination of the field of engineering and technology in helping to address the question of alleviating extreme technological under-development in developing countries.

c.         Engaging with the Local Community:  Students will reside in Bali, near the  Cameroon Christian University campus and be part of the community.  Students will visit different sites to conduct field work in both area villages and cities.  Students will identify societal needs based on field work experience.  Students will participate on local excursions to expose them to different areas to understand both the challenges and the opportunities for innovation.

d.         Dr. Tita will work with the College of Engineering to provide the overall leadership for this project as an expert in economics and social policy in Africa, given his educational, entrepreneurial and UNDP background, as a member of NU entrepreneurship faculty as well as his longstanding leadership in support of economic development in Cameroon and its various villages, notably, Bali and Mbengwi.  In Cameroon, the excellence of the Cameroon Christian University (CCU) as an academic institution and the outstanding reputation of Professor Emmanuel N. Chia, its leader and, respectively, the department chairs and faculty of the engineering and management departments, for their work as academics in the study of poverty and strategies for poverty alleviation in Africa argue well for the selection of Cameroon as a destination of choice for the implementation of the Dialogue of Innovation concept.

 


China: Chinese Culture and Architecture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Beijing, China

Faculty Leader: Prof. Shuishan Yu (sh.yu@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Session with LUNCH!:

Monday, January 13th, 2014  from 12:00 – 1: 00 p.m.  Location: TBD  PIZZA and drink will be served!

Term: Summer 1

Courses:

  • ARCH4850 Urban and Architectural History Abroad
  • CLTR4944  Cultural Engagement Abroad

Program Description:

Students who participate in this Dialogue will be immersed in the colorful art world of China. They will be introduced to the various historical sites with great significance in the development of Chinese urbanism, architecture, and arts, being it in a city, a village, a temple, or a sacred mountain. They will study Chinese art and architecture first hand while exploring a variety of cultural and ethnic regions in China, developing a solid and comprehensive understanding of Chinese culture through the direct observation of its urban and artistic expressions. Students will also participate in a cultural and professional dialogue with architects in Beijing and Shanghai, artists in Hangzhou, musicians in Nantong, and students from the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA), Peking University. Written work and group projects will compare China and the U.S. on topics of urbanization, architectural practice, artistic expressions, and historical preservation and interpretation.

The five-week long program will be divided into two parts. During the first three weeks, students will use Peking University as the base, attending lectures and workshops while exploring China’s most important cultural, political, and economic center and its vicinities, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palaces. During the first three weeks in Beijing, each student will be paired up with a Peking University student, a dialogue pal to exchange cultures and language skills while having meals in the university dinning halls on daily basis. Weekend excursions bring students to the terra-cotta armies in Xi’an and the Buddhist Caves in Luoyang, both ancient capitals from the pre-Song eras. During the last two weeks, students will be on a comprehensive tour visiting other significant sites in Chinese art, architectural, and urban histories, including the best architecturally preserved Shanxi province, the Modern cosmopolitan Shanghai, the garden city Suzhou, the Southern Song capital Hangzhou, the typical Jiangnan water towns, and a variety of historic religious sites.

All domestic travels, which are plenty, are by trains and buses, which give students opportunity to see the changes of natural landscape from endless plain to loess plateau to lofty mountains, and cultural landscape from socialist metropolitan to Islamic ethnics to Buddhist and Taoist rural areas.


China: Chinese Language and Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Nanjing, China

Faculty Leader: Prof. Hua Dong (h.dong@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Session:

Oct. 29th, 6:00-7:15 pm at 161 Ryder

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Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • CHNS 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302  Chinese Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Program Description: 

Now in its seventh summer, the language-intensive China Dialogue based in Nanjing offers students a chance to improve their Mandarin proficiency in the best possible way – by speaking it in China. You will not only use it to find your way around some of the most famous landmarks in the world – the Great Wall and Forbidden City, for example – but in daily interactions with local residents while you live and study Chinese at Nanjing University. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to use the language you learn in a workplace setting – maybe a magazine editorial office or relief agency headquarters – while you take part in a Chinese internship program related to your specific major. You will also be able to witness first-hand how China’s, environment, culture, economy and politics in both urban and rural areas are being affected by its progress; you will speak with students, businesspeople, activists, workers and artists about their jobs, lives, and perspectives on the issues facing China and its relationship with the world today; all this while putting the Chinese you learn in the classroom to good use. Best of all, because of the small class sizes, local language partners and always-available evening tutors, this program is open to students of all majors and levels of language proficiency.

The program looks like this:

-        We arrive in Beijing, the last imperial capital and the site of the 2008 Summer Olympics, filled with landmarks both ancient and modern. In the five days of our stay in Beijing, we will explore the city and experience its unique culture, speaking with various NGOs about the issues of rural migrant workers in the city and cultural preservation in the face of ever-increasing urbanization.

-        We then move south to Nanjing, ancient imperial capital, site of the Nanking Massacre, and now at the forefront of China’s transition toward global power. Here we will settle into student life at Nanjing University, one of the country’s premier Sino-Anglo exchange institutions. While in Nanjing, each student will stay with a Chinese family for a week. Besides daily 4-hour language classes, we will hold dialogues with speakers from the media, expatriate community, professional firms and peer college students.  In the final weeks of our stay, students will participate in internships/job shadow around the city for a total of 30-40 hours.

-        After the midterm exam, we will take a long weekend retreat to Anhui, and stay in a rural village with well-preserved historic architecture and culture in Anhui. It is also the home of the China House in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

-        After the final exam, we will relocate to Shanghai, the host city of the 2010 World Expo. Here, at the pinnacle of China’s economic progress. During the four days, we will visit landmarks and multinational corporations, meet with business people, government officials, entrepreneurs, architects and artists to get a feel for what the future of the city and indeed the country might look like, and to expand the network for your future career as well.  We will also meet with the hosts of ChinesePod.com, a wonderful resource for Chinese learners.

Because you will be completely immersed in Chinese language and culture, this Dialogue is not for the faint of heart. However, the results are among the best of any Chinese program offered at Northeastern; former students will tell you that the experience is easily worth the hard work. You can’t understand China without learning Chinese, and you can’t learn Chinese without understanding China. This program is a fast-track to both. We look forward to receiving your application. For more information, check out the daily blogs by the students from the past years (http://neuinchina.blogspot.com [2010], http://neuinchina2011.blogspot.com [2011]), http://neuinchina2012.blogspot.com [2012]), and http://neuinchina2013.blogspot.com [2013] or contact Prof. Hua Dong, h.dong@neu.edu.


China: From West to East: Chinese Language and Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Kunming, China

Faculty Leader: Prof. Qinghong Cai (q.cai@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Session:

Tuesday, November 12th at 6pm (Location: Ryder Hall 275)

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • CHNS 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Chinese Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Program Description:

This Summer II China Dialogue program takes place in 3 exciting Chinese cities and offers intensive and immersive Chinese language training, including practical introduction to Chinese history, culture and businesses. Students who enroll in this program will spend 34 days in Kunming, China; 3 days in Hong Kong & Macau; and 2 days in Shanghai. Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai are famous international cities in East Asia for its economic successes. Hence, students will have the opportunity to experience Chinese culture as a whole in distinctively different regions either developed or developing with each of their own unique governmental structures and different Chinese culture variations as well as customs within this one program.

This program will be based in the Chinese Language Center of Yunnan University, situated in Kunming, which is also known as “City of Eternal Spring”, famous for its perpetual spring like weather with blooms and lush vegetation all year round. It will certainly offer you a not so typical summer.

Participating students will be offered with 100 hours of practical Chinese classes (equivalence to one semester Chinese course in NEU including CHNS 1101), which is 4 hours per weekday, and 50 hours of cultural classes, which is 2 hours per weekday. In addition, each student will be accompanied by a Mandarin native speaker as a language partner whose major is teaching Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language, throughout their 34-day stay in Kunming except during class lessons. Students will have lots of opportunities to interact in depth and practice their Chinese with their language partners.

The 2-hour per weekday cultural classes in this program offers interesting introduction to one of the oldest and most complex culture in the world. This includes activities such as Introduction to Chinese Martial Arts, Walking and Sitting Meditation, Calligraphy, Chinese Paintings, Chinese Tea Ceremony, Chinese songs and so on. We also provide optional workshops, such as HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) workshop & Chinese movie workshop.

Kunming’s average highs are around 75 °F in summer, thus Kunming is the most favorable city weather-wise during summer time in China. Besides the 150 hours of practical Chinese and Cultural lessons mentioned above, during weekends (per program schedule), you will get to visit nature wonders and historical sites such as Stone Forest & Jiuxiang Karst Caves.

In this program, we may also arrange additional post-dialogue trips to Shanghai. These trips will present opportunities for students to test and practice their Chinese after 34 days of intensive Chinese lessons in Kunming.

You are welcome to access Summer II China Dialogue Presentations on YouTube via: http://www.youtube.com/user/NEUChinaDialogue#p/u

 


COSTA RICA AND NICARAGUA: Social and Environmental Sustainability in Central America (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | , Costa Rica

Faculty Leaders: Lori Gardinier (l.gardinier@neu.edu) and Ron Sandler (r.sandler@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • HUSV4945 Leadership & International Program Development
  • PHIL1181 Environmental Ethics Abroad

Description:

This interdisciplinary program explores contemporary issues in social and environmental sustainability in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  Students will examine how economic development and globalization influences the social and ecological environments.   Participants will engage in service-learning within non-profit organizations, visit agricultural and environmental programs, and refine their Spanish language skills all while living with Costa Rican families.   They will also study and analyze alternative approaches to ecosystem management, including species conservation, and agriculture, with an emphasis on the values that underlie them and the challenges that human impacts on the environment (particularly global climate change) pose to them.   Particular attention will be giving to the ethics and practices within the ecotourism industry, the role of public private partnerships, the relationship between social and environmental sustainability, and the ecological and social roles of national parks.   Using lectures, presentations, case studies, field trips, and service-learning this program will expose student to the theoretical and ethical frameworks used to explain and evaluate social and ecological systems and practices.  While in service-learning placements students will develop and apply skills and techniques for program development and implementation in the nonprofit sector.  This experiential program focuses on program evaluation techniques within nonprofits, ethics in international volunteerism/foreign nonprofit interventions, globalization and its influence on the nonprofit sector, and ethical issues in ecosystem management, biodiversity conservation, and ecological sustainability.


CUBA: Photography and Cuban Culture (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Havana, Cuba

Faculty Leader: Luis Brens (l.brens@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Information Session: November 5 at 6:00pm, 305 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • ARTE2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio - Photo Basic OR ARTE2500 Art & Design Abroad: Documentary Photography
  • ARTE2501 History - Cuba Cultural History

Description:

All Students in the Cuba Dialogue will be enrolled in Cuba Cultural History, a class with a focus on the culture, music and visual arts, while engaged in an intensive photographic program. Weekly assignments that encourage engagement with the local culture will be assigned.

Students will take either Photo Basics for Majors and Non-Majors or Documentary Photography. Photo Basics will cover current photographic software and digital camera usage and is open to the entire university. It is designed for students with no prior knowledge of photography.  Documentary Photography students must show a portfolio to be take this section.  This class is designed for students with significant background in photography.  A final portfolio is required for successful completion of both classes.


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND CUBA: Microfinance Field Research Program (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Faculty Leaders: Dennis Shaughnessy (d.shaughnessy@neu.edu) and Gordon Adomdza (g.admomdza@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 29 from 6-7PM in 170 Dodge Hall RSVP HERE
  • Thursday, November 7 from 6-7PM in 225 Richards Hall  RSVP HERE
  • Tuesday, November 12 from 6-7PM in 170 Dodge Hall RSVP HERE
  • Thursday, November 14 from 5-6PM in 425 Hayden Hall RSVP HERE

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • ENTR 3316 - Microfinance and Economic Development in Latin America
  • ENTR 3318 - Business, Economics, and History of Hispaniola and Latin America

Description:

The Field Research Program in the Dominican Republic & Cuba is a practical, hands-on, field research program built on the principles of the Grameen Bank model of micro-finance which emphasizes group liability, social collateral, and solidarity with the poor. In Module 1, the program focuses on village banking in rural communities called “bateyes” which are typically comprised of Haitian migrant sugar cane workers in the Dominican Republic. Students will also have the opportunity visit microfinance associates and their businesses in urban settings. In Module 2, students will compare and contrast their experience of microfinance PLUS models in the Dominican Republic with associates in Cuba, and explore how modern day socialism impacts the growth of small businesses and entrepreneurship.

 

In Module 1, classes commence Monday through Friday for two weeks at the premier business and technology campus in the Dominican Republic called INTEC (Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo). Northeastern students will study side-by-side with local Dominican and Haitian students enrolled in this elective course. The academic portion of the program includes topics of study such as social entrepreneurship, micro-enterprise development, micro-finance, and impact measurement. Classes are supplemented with site visits to social businesses throughout the country, including other micro-finance organizations, agricultural co-operatives, and development organizations. Students will also be given the opportunity to visit Esperanza’s microfinance PLUS programs, such as their public health iniatitives, education programs, and home improvement loan portfolio.

 

In the afternoon, students work “in the field" in either urban, semi-urban, or rural communities to interview current microfinance associates of Esperanza International , the University’s field partner in the Dominican Republic. Esperanza is a leading microfinance organization in the island of Hispaniola and is an active Kiva field partner. The purpose for this field exercise is to collect both qualitative and quantatitve impact metrics for Esperanza to better understand how they are serving their clients.

 

In this micro-consulting research project, students design a metric tool to assist Esperanza with measuring social impact for the organization's 18,000 active borrowers and $20m loan portfolio. Students also create a final presentation with a deliverable to include recommendations to the senior management for best practices.

 

In Module 2, students will travel to the island of Cuba, where they will learn about the historical roots of socialism in order to better understand the modern day implications of business, entrepreneurship, and human development. Students will also visit historical sites, meet with leading economists, visit urban farms and agricultural cooperatives, and learn from experts in Cuban politics and history. Students will also interview recipients of microfinance loans in Cuba, and contrast their knowledge of microfinance in the Dominican Republic. Students will also have the opportunity to compare and contrast public health systems and education systems in both countries to better understand human centered design in the role of development.  This portion of the program will be based in Havana, with a weekend trip to Vinales Valley in Western Cuba.

 

This program is supplemented with service learning opportunities, as well as site visits, and weekend trips/excursions.

 

To watch an informational video about the Dominican Republic Field Research Program, please visit: please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA3cWPbY-ZE

 


FRANCE and MOROCCO: Colonial Past, Cultural Change, and Economic Development “CLOSED”

Dialogue of Civilizations | marrakesh, Morocco

Faculty Leader: Prof. Peter Fraunholtz (p.fraunholtz@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Sessions:

  • 11/5, 6-7:15 PM in 267 Ryder
  • 11/6, 1:35 - 3:00 PM in 296 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • INTL 3565: Morocco: History, Culture, and Economic Development
  • INTL 4944: Ethnicity, Religious Diversity, and Gender in Morocco (Regional Middle East)

Description:

As part of Africa and the Arab Middle East, with ties to an ancient and adaptive Amazigh culture, firmly integrated into the Islamic world, and linked to the French colonial past as well as the EU, Morocco offers a unique set of opportunities and experiences for history and international affairs students in general, and those interested in Islam, Multicultural Societies, Imperialism, and Post-Colonial Development in Africa and the Middle East in particular. The Morocco Dialogue Program engages students with the culture, civilization, and people of Morocco, and Moroccan immigrants living and working in France. The main themes of this year's program will focus on issues of economic development as shaped by the colonial past as well as post-colonial/Cold War and post-Cold War (globalization) dynamics.

Morocco was under French rule from 1912 to 1956, but French economic and cultural influence in the region goes well back to the mid-19<sup>th</sup> century and is still very much a factor today.  We will begin in Paris where we will examine issue of North African/Moroccan immigration as well as the challenges facing the French Republic concerning the prospects for and limits on integration of the growing Muslim population.  Site visits include the Grand Mosque of Paris, the Institute du Monde Arab, and the National Museum of the History of Immigration as well as various immigrant/North African neighborhoods.

We will spend most of our time in Marrakesh, the “Red City.”  The old Southern capital of Morocco, Marrakesh was and still is the cross roads for Arab, Berber, and Sub-Saharan African, and Jewish peoples and cultures that continue to shape Moroccan society today.  It was a key outpost in the French effort to rule the southern regions and that influence is still seen and felt in Marrakesh today.

The Marrakshi are a warm and very hospitable people and our students will get to see this first hand by living (in pairs) with Moroccan families during our stay in the city.   Among other things, our host institution, The Center for Language and Culture, teaches English to Moroccans and our homestay families are from among those in the CLC community who want to open their homes to native English-speakers.   Marrakshi families are known for their warmth and their amazing home cooking.

While in Marrakesh, students will become well acquainted through site visits and tours with the New (French) city and as well as the ancient medina and famous main square, Jma al-Fnaa.  They will participate in 8 hours of survival Arabic, lectures by the Faculty leader as well as guest lectures on Moroccan economic development in the context of French imperialism, post-colonial challenges in the shadow of the EU, and in the struggles to manage the pressures of globalization.  Lectures and others activities also focus intently on issues of gender and women’s evolving roles in Moroccan society.

While in Morocco we will also engage in a two day Intercultural Dialogue with a group of English-speaking Moroccan students, a four day visit to a Berber (Amazigh) village in the High Atlas Mountains, and a four day stay in Fez, the religious and cultural capital of Morocco and itself shaped markedly by waves of immigration from Spain from the 12<sup>th</sup> to 16<sup>th</sup> centuries.


Geneva: Disarmament Diplomacy, International Negotiations and Humanitarian Action (CLOSED)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Geneva, Switzerland

Faculty Leader: Professor Denise Garcia -Political Science and International Affairs (d.lapon@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • INTL 4945 Dialogue of Civilizations: Global Issues in Comparative Perspective
  • POLS 4938 International Politics - Learning Abroad

Description: 

The Geneva Dialogue is titled Disarmament Diplomacy, Humanitarian Action, and International Security. It started in 2007 by Professor Denise Garcia with the aim of exposing students to the practice and real life of diplomacy and negotiation of key world politics issues at the highest level that occur in the city of Geneva, capital of humanitarian diplomacy. Geneva is where two-thirds of all United Nations activities take place. The Dialogue also aims to provide students with opportunities and possibilities of interacting and networking for future professional possibilities. Since the beginning of Dialogue, several co-op opportunities began with at least three students in co-op at a time each semester. The focus of this Dialogue is on pressing issues of disarmament, arms control, international humanitarian law, and human rights law, and international security in general. A typical day includes engagement with the local community of international diplomats, locally-posted United Nations personnel, researchers, and other negotiators, academics, and non-governmental organizations, as well as advocacy groups.


Germany and Poland: Holocaust and Genocide Studies – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Berlin, Germany

Faculty Leaders: Professor Natalie Bormann (n.bormann@neu.edu) &  Veronica Czastkiewicz (v.czastkiewicz@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Sessions: 

  • Monday, October 21st 1.30 - 2.30 in 306 Meserve (Political Science Department)
  • Thursday, October 24th 1.30 - 2.30 in 306 Meserve (Political Science Department)
  • Tuesday, October 29th 4.15 - 5.15 in 306 Meserve (Political Science Department)

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • POLS4937: Government and Politics Learning Abroad in Germany and Poland
  • INTL4944: Dialogue of Civilizations: The role of Trauma and Collective Memory in Europe today

Description:

This program offers students immersion into the role and legacy of the Holocaust in Germany and Poland – as one of the most significant and traumatic topics of Europe’s shared history and politics.  Students will travel to Munich, Nuremberg, Berlin, Warsaw and Krakow – cities that played central roles during the Holocaust and that continue to be central as sites of remembrance, memory and trauma.

The program consists of visits to key sites of trauma and memory, including the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau, the Nuremberg trial courtroom, Schindler’s factory, the former Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, Villa Wannsee, and many more sites.  These visits are complemented by lectures, seminars, guided tours – given by faculty of the University of Munich, the Free University Berlin and the Jagiellonian University Krakow - interviews with Holocaust survivors, and by archival research.

 


Germany: German Language and Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Berlin, Germany

Faculty Leader: Maren Blanchard (m.blanchard@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Meeting with the Professor: Students are encouraged to visit prof. Blanchard every Wednesday at 1:15 pm in 264 Ryder Hall or make an appointment directly

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • GRMN 2301/2302/3301/3302 German Language Immersion
  • CLTR 4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Program Description:

The Berlin Dialogue provides students with an intensive instruction in German. Students will attend intensive language classes each weekday morning at a highly - accredited language institute.

In addition students will get an inside view of German Culture, engage with Professor Blanchard while experiencing a variety of things, such as: many interesting guided tours, meeting students their ages of different heritage (who were born and grew up in Berlin), talking to witnesses to history, getting to know the historical and modern Berlin.

Berlin has always been a vibrant and exciting city but since the reunification in 1989, Berlin has developed into one of the most fascinating cities in the world.


GREECE: Then and Now *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | Athens, Greece

Group Leader: Prof. Richard A. Katula (r.katula@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Session: October 29, 2013, 6:00-8:00 pm, 325 Shillman

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • COMM 3306: International Communication Abroad
  • INTL 4944: Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement

Description:

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the people and the culture of Greece, from ancient times to the present.  The special emphasis of this Dialogue is the Greek people and the economic crisis they face today. Students will attend lectures or events on the Greek economic crisis, Greek politics (present-day), culture (art, music, literature, film), and history (ancient and contemporary).  In addition to the lectures and live events, students will visit historic and archaeological sites in the following venues: Athens, the Peloponnese, Crete, Santorini, Corfu,Cephalonia, Lias, Delphi, and Meteora.  At some of these sites, students will go on tours to antiquities such as the Parthenon, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphic Oracle, Meteora, Knossos, The Achilleon Palace, Nafplion, Lias Village, etc.  At other sites, students will interact with local citizens and students from around the world, discussing issues common to them and controversies affecting the region.  During the course, students will maintain a photo-journal, write three book reports, and write two reaction papers on topics associated with lectures or places from our travels.


Grenada and Carriacou: Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | St. George, Grenada

Faculty Leader: Prof. Leonard Brown (l.brown@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Sessions WITH PIZZA and DRINKS:

Thursday, January 23rd, 6:00 p.m.  West Village F Room 114

For information, contact: Leonard Brown (l.brown@neu.edu) or Drew Wilcox (afjwilcox@gmail.com)

Term: Summer I

This program will begin in Boston on the Northeastern campus.  Students will be provided on-campus accommodations (typically a freshmen residence hall) between May 4, 2014 and May 10th.  Students will depart for Grenada on May 10th for the remainder of the program.  Please note that meals are not included and students will not have access to kitchens.  Students may opt to use on-campus dining facilities during this time, but the cost will be the student's responsibility. Please note dates are subject to change.

Courses:

  • AFAM 4939: Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project
  • AFAM 4710: Field & Lab Methods for Researching Black Music

Description:

The Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project, an initiative of the Department of African American Studies, is a four to five week faculty-led program offering students the opportunity to experience and study Afro-Caribbean Music and Culture in the Caribbean. The site for the Summer 2014 will be the island nation of Grenada including the sister site of Carriacou. Past research excursions have been to St. Croix, USVI (2009), Trinidad (2010), Tobago (2011) and Grenada (2012).  Students will learn and apply appropriate field research principles and practices in conducting ethnomusicological fieldwork. Students will focus attention towards the African retentions within traditional music forms as well as contemporary and current musical traditions. Students will have sessions on the history and legacy of music and dance in Carriacou and Grenada, the importance of linguistics in understanding messages within the music studied as well as the impact of trans-Atlantic slavery on the musical idioms and genres that derive from the Caribbean. The experience will include lecturers by leading scholars, musicians and experts from the Caribbean. Students will also have "dialogues" with area musicians, professionals and inhabitants of Carriacou and Grenada. Tours of historic sites, museums and important musical venues will be scheduled throughout the trip.  Summer 2014 will be exciting, as the research trip will include both Carriacou and Grenada. Carriacou is the home of some of the most unique manifestations of Africanisms in the Caribbean, specifically the Big Drum and the Maroon String Bands.  It is the goal of ACMRP to offer students a glimpse of Carriacou and Grenada through a well crafted, safe and intense immersion experience.  We will live amongst, talk, eat with and share space with the communities of and Grenada as we not only learn about the inhabitants but also share of our own lives and experiences.  The culmination of our research excursion will be a presentation of group projects to a community of scholars, local inhabitants and new friends.  At the end of the program students will compile their oral histories, video recordings and other accumulated field research, leaving a complete set of the recordings at a major research repository in Grenada as well as depositing a complete set in the Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project Collection in the Snell Library.


Iceland: Field Study of Volcanic and Glacial Processes *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | , Iceland

Faculty Leader: Mal Hill (m.hill@neu.edu)
Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)
Information Session: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 6:00-7:00PM Room 231 Forsyth Building
Monday, October 28, 2013 6:00-7:00PM Room 231 Forsyth Building
Term: Summer II
Courses: 
  • ENVR 5201 Geologic Field Seminar
  • ENVR 5202 Environmental Science Field Seminar Abroad

Description: 

Iceland’s location on an active plate boundary (the Mid-Atlantic Ridge) and its location near the Arctic Circle makes it a great destination for environmental field study of young lava flows and volcanoes; older, uplifted and more deeply eroded rocks to the east and west sides of the active rifts; and study of both modern and ancient glacial processes.  Volcanic landforms and eruption styles differ, depending on whether magma erupts on land, beneath the ice, or flows into water, and we study examples that formed in each environment.  Glaciers erode the landscape, transport and deposit sediments, and melt gradually to form rivers (much of Iceland’s electricity derives from hydropower).  Sometimes, when lava erupts beneath a glacier, rapid melting of the base of the glacier forms disruptive, magma-induced floods (known as jökulhlaup).  In addition to focusing separately on volcanic and glacial processes, we will consider the ways that magma and groundwater interact to create geothermal energy; how magma and glaciers interact; and how Icelandic society is influenced by these and other environmental factors.  This is a field-based experience, and most days involve some or much hiking to get to and from the study area for that day.  We spend most nights in tents in campgrounds, and Iceland is known for having occasionally windy and rainy weather.  Interested students can contact Mal Hill (m.hill@neu.edu) in the Department of Marine & Environmental Sciences for additional information.


INDIA: Climate Change Science and Policy (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | , India

Faculty leader: Auroop Ganguly (a.ganguly@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • CIVE4777 Climate Hazards and Resilient Cities
  • CIVE4778 Climate Adaptation and Policy

Climate change has been described as a “clear and present danger” to humankind by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and as “the only thing that … has the power to fundamentally end the march of civilization as we know it” by former United States President Bill Clinton. The two courses will explore the science, impacts, and policy issues pertinent to climate change.

SDS Lab Website: http://www.northeastern.edu/sds

 


INDIA: Marketing in Asia and India Dialogue “CLOSED”

Dialogue of Civilizations | , India

Faculty Leader: Lefevre, Duane (d.lefevre@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 29 @ 1pm: Curry #342
  • Tuesday, October 29 @ 6pm: Curry #332
  • Wednesday, November 6 @ 6 pm: NU YMCA #109
  • Thursday, November 7 @ 11am: Curry #334

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  •  MKTG4220, Marketing In Asia
  • INTL4944 “Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagment: India and its Glorious Contradictions

Description:

India has one of the most fascinating cultures in the world. You’ll find the origins of the Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh religions here as well as World Heritage sites as diverse as Qutb Minar, the Ajanta and Ellora Buddhist Caves, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Victoria Terminus and of course the Taj Mahal (one of the seven wonders of the world). From a business perspective, over a billion consumers live there and it has had one of the fastest growing economies in the last twenty years. What was once the biggest market in the world for Rolls Royce is now a must win market for P&G, Ford, IBM and Boeing. It is also a growing source of the world’s software and major destination for business process outsourcing.

The India Dialogue takes an in-depth look at India from both cultural and business perspectives. The cultural component includes a comprehensive overview of Indian history, culture, religion, politics, food and society. The business component delves into marketing and business in the second most populous nation on earth. The Marketing in Asia course will explore India’s evolution into a must win market, its burgeoning middle class and the ‘Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid’.

There will be extensive dialogue with Indian students and business people and site visits to:

  • Local Advertising Agencies in Mumbai
  • Conde Nast India and a Public Relations Agency
  • Reliance Communications BIG FM radio studios and the NDTV cable news network studios
  • A guided tour of the Dharavi slum (Asia’s largest) and its amazing economic ecosystem
  • Greenlight Planet which manufactures and distributes low-power LED lanterns via innovative distribution networks to rural India
  • The Bannerghatta Tiger and Lion Reserve in Bangalore
  • Taj Mahal the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the seven wonders of the world
  • Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned city; one of the best preserved examples of Mughal architecture
  • The Amber Fort known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu and Rajput elements
  • The village of Channapatna in rural Karnataka where local craftspeople specialize in brightly colored wooden toys

We’ll base ourselves in India’s financial and marketing capital (Mumbai) for two weeks moving on to a week in its silicon valley (Bangalore) with our final week in the rich historical golden triangle in the North (Delhi/Agra/Jaipur).


IRELAND: Irish Society, Literature and Film (CLOSED)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Dublin, Ireland

Faculty Leader: Patrick Mullen (p.mullen@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Information Session: November 4, 5-6 pm, 400B Holmes (there will be pizza!)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • ENGL3487: Film and Text Abroad: Irish Cinema
  • ENGL2600: Irish Literary Culture Abroad

Description:

In this program students will be introduced to modern Irish culture and society through its vibrant traditions of literature and film.  Students will focus on the exploration of Irish novels, short stories, and films using these as gateways to explore the island’s history, politics, monuments, architecture, landscapes, music, food, and folk culture.  Literature has long held a uniquely important place in Ireland, so students will have the opportunity to read Irish greats such as Wilde, Yeats, and Joyce, and modern prize-winners such as Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, and Colm Toibín.  Students will learn techniques of literary analysis and discover how literature situates itself in the rich life of the island.  Irish film production took off in the 1990s, but the explosion that brought the world powerful films such as In the Name of the Father and The Magdalene Laundries grew out of a long relationship between Ireland and cinema.  Students will be invited to explore this cinematic history as well as contemporary film production both experimental and mainstream.


IRELAND: Studio Art, History, and Culture in Ireland

Dialogue of Civilizations | Ballyvaughn, Ireland

Faculty Leader: Mira Cantor (m.cantor@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Information Session: January 22, 2014, 5:15 pm, 399 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • ARTE2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio - Art Studio in Ireland
  • ARTE2501 Art and Design Abroad: History - History and Culture in Ireland

Description:

This is a 4 weeks studio hands on experience where students are provided a studio to create a project using any art medium. The first week is very structured by the faculty. Students will participate in a series of exercises, hike, listen to lectures and discuss readings. Weekend: to Aran Islands. The second week students discuss their projects and begin working on them. There are intense critiques every other day by faculty. Weekend :a day at the Galway Arts Festival. The third week the work continues with Celli dancing and lectures in between. The fourth week we prepare for the final exhibition of all student work.  Weekend: Dublin

A video for the program can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2llaQ1mU-LU.

 


ISRAEL: Contemporary Israel and its Complexities – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Tel Aviv, Israel

Faculty Leader: Lori Lefkovitz (l.lefkovitz@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Term: Summer II

Website: Read more about the program and past student experiences here

Courses: 

  • INTL 4944 Israel in Literature & the Arts
  • POLS 4937 Politics & Communication in Today’s Israel

Description:

Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the modern State of Israel, this Dialogue will explore the complexities of Israeli society, politics, and culture and how they are presented in journalism, art, and literature.  What are the key narratives and characteristics of Israeli society?   How do journalists and creative artists shape our perceptions of Israel’s complex reality?  How do various Israeli authors and artists grapple with such issues as diversity within the population, the conflicts between Israel and her neighbors and between Israelis and Palestinians, and how does Israel negotiate its Jewish identity with liberal democratic values?  Students will meet with leaders, journalists, artists, and academic experts.  Special focus will be on the city of Jerusalem, our host city, a multicultural center of three religions and multiple ethnic groups, but we will also travel to and study these issues as they are reflected in the South, Tel Aviv, and the North of Israel. 


Istanbul and Bodrum-Mugla: Urban Space and Religion in Turkey *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | Istanbul, Turkey

Faculty leader: Prof. Berna Turam (b.turam@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session: Jan 17th 3:30-4:30PM Renaissance Park (Second Floor Kitchen Area)

Term: Summer: II

Courses: SOCL3471 Social Conflict & Community Services Abroad

INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations

Description:

This course is designed as a fieldtrip research course, in which students develop their independent research projects in close collaboration with the Faculty Leader.  The driving interest of the research projects is to explore the increasingly controversial relations between the new pious Muslim elite and the old secular elite.  We will conduct hands on research on the fault-lines that divide the residents of the highly contested neighborhoods, such as Tesvikiye, Eyup, Taksim and Beyoglu in Istanbul.  How do ordinary people contest the borders that separate religion and politics?  How and why is secularism (separation of religion and politics) so controversial in the context of Turkey and the Middle East?

As most of the contestation against the pro-Islamic government has taken place in Istanbul, our focus will be on in urban space and religion.  Broadly speaking, we will explore how urban space, specifically neighborhood, is contested by ordinary residents, who differ and/or disagree over religion and the type of secularism.  However, we will also bring in gender, class age and possibly ethnicity as other factors influencing political discontent and contestation.  Students will read an exciting literature and be encouraged to ask questions about politics of Islam, religion, piety and secularism.


Italy: Family Business Studies – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Verona, Italy

Faculty Leaders: Prof. Justin Craig (j.craig@neu.edu)

Office Location: 209A Hayden Hall Office Hours: Tuesday 5:00-6:00 p.m. and Wednesday 8.30-9.30 a.m.

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Session:

Learn more about the Italy Info Session! Date: Tuesday, November 5th Time: 6-7pm Location: 12 Hayden

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • ENTR3346: Family Business in Italy
  • ENTR3348: Family Business: A Global Perspective

Description: 

The Family Business Studies Italy Dialogue provides students with:

  • a comprehensive contemporary overview of Italian family business dynamics, politics, history, culture ,and society, with an intentional focus on the comparisons between Northern Italy versus Southern Italy. Through formal and informal activities (lectures, company and historical site visits, dialogues), students engage with NU professors, plus guest lecturers, and Italian family business leaders in dialogue and discussion of contemporary challenges sustaining business across generations as well as related topics concerning impact of current events, culture, history, and global issues.
  • an understanding of: why families continue to play such a large role in some of the most prominent firms in emerging and mature economies? how families in business manage to maintain ownership control, yet divest of unrelated business ventures? how Italian family businesses internationalize yet maintain control?

Italy: Italian Language and Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Mantova, Italy

Faculty Leader: Prof. Alessio Tognetti (a.tognetti@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Sessions:

Friday, November 8th at 1:00 p.m. in 273 Ryder

Tuesday, November 12th at 1:00 p.m. in 273 Ryder

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • ITLN2301/2302/3301/3302 Italian Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Description: 

Have you been in Italy before ? Had a great time, but came back feeling like deep down you never really left the US? You are not alone. That is what  our Dialogue of Civilization is tailored for.  During this 1 month program  you will not only get to follow intensive language and culture courses, but you will get to experience the true “secret life” of Italy, the one that you do not get to see on tv or in movies. Our program main location, Mantova is uniquely suited for this task: Mantova is a small but rich city, it numbers only 50,000 inhabitants, but it has all the comfort of a larger metropolis: restaurants, museums, bars, café, internet etc. Despite its modernity, Mantova still maintains extremely close ties to its cultural past, and for a city that is 4000 years old , there is lots of that .  This unique blend will allow for one of the best cultural and linguistic immersion: the kind that provide authenticity without compromising safety or comfort.

The experience will be 4 fold:  1 = intensive Italian courses  5 days a week 5 hours per day.  2 = Culture class 3 days a week 2 hours  per day. 3 = Field trip and exploration. Every weekend using Mantova as our home base we will explore the territory of northern Italy , from Romeo & Giulietta Verona, to the lakes and the alps. 4 = free time, this is where you, the student, has the opportunity to get their feet wet in the culture and language.


Italy: Photographing and Art History of Rome and Venice – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Venice, Italy

Faculty Leaders:  Andrea Greitzer (a.greitzer@neu.edu) and Andrea Raynor (a.raynor@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Sessions:

October 17th 6:00pm in 305 Ryder

October 29th 6:00pm in 243 Ryder

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • ARTE 2500 Art and Design Abroad: Studio-Photo Basics
  • ARTE 2500 Art and Design Abroad: Studio-Documentary Photography
  • ARTE 2501 Art and Design Abroad: History -Art History of Rome and Venice

Students will enroll in either section of ARTE2500 and ARTE2501 for a total of 8 NEU credits.

Description:

With one week in Rome and four weeks in Venice, students become a part of the Venetian ethos; they eat, shop, live and do business in the city on a daily basis. Four courses will be offered, Photo Basics, Documentary Photography and 2 sections of Art History of Venice. The Photography classes will be held on site as well as in the classroom. The Art History classes are held entirely on site discussing how artist of the past, have shaped the city and the art culture of today.

Check out the 2013 Venice Blog!

 


JORDAN: Arabic Language & The Arab Uprisings: Jordan and Beyond “CLOSED”

Dialogue of Civilizations | Amman, Jordan

Faculty Leaders: Denis Sullivan (d.sullivan@Neu.edu) and Heather Browne (h.browne@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer 1

Courses:

  • INTL 4944 Dialogue of Civilizations (Middle East Studies)
  • ARAB 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301, or 3302 Arabic Language Immersion

Description: 

The Jordan Dialogue provides students with intensive instruction in Arabic (Jordanian dialect), at SIT/World Learning (Amman) and an in-depth overview of Jordanian and regional politics, history, culture, and society. Through formal and informal activities, students engage with NU professors, plus guest lecturers, and Jordanians in dialogue and discussion of current events, culture, history, and bilateral (Jordan-US relations) as well as global issues. Will Jordan undergo its own "Arab Spring" (Uprising)? How has it been impacted by the Arab uprising in Syria, the continuing violence in Iraq, efforts at peace-making between Israel and Palestine? Guest lectures/topics include:

  • Jordanian history, politics and society (Bedouins, Tribes, Palestinians, Christians)
  • Jordan as regional peace-maker and military partner
  • Jordan-U.S. relations
  • Syria's crisis and the impact on Jordan - refugees, military preparations, economic dislocation
  • Women in Jordanian society

Kenya: Interdisciplinary Program on Public Health, Politics, Culture and Swahili – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Nairobi, Kenya

Faculty Leader: Prof. Richard Wamai (r.wamai@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Session: 

Friday, November 1st 206 Lake Hall 6-8pm

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • AFRS2900 Politics, Culture and Swahili in Kenya
  • AFRS4939 Community Health and Development in Kenya

Description: The Kenya Dialogue is a highly interactive experience immersing students in public/community health and development, culture and politics in local urban and rural communities in different parts of the country through field visits, stays, sharing and continuous exposure in the course of the program. The program engages local guest speakers and institutional visits that are key actors in their fields in health, politics and culture. Students with have an opportunity to develop participatory skills in community problem-based models through these interactions, Swahili language instruction, individual research and experiential learning.

For more information: Contact Prof. Wamai, r.wamai@neu.edu, Tel. 617-373-4130


LONDON: England, Embodied Creativity: Applied Theatre Training for the Global Entrepreneur “CLOSED”

Dialogue of Civilizations | London, England

Faculty Leader: Antonio Ocampo-Guzman (a.ocampo-guzman@neu.edu)
Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)
Information Session: October 28, 2013, 372 Ryder Hall 6:00-7:00PM
Term: Summer I
Courses: 
  • THTR 1135 Actors and Acting
  • THTR 1165 The Professional Voice

The two courses both satisfy Arts & Humanities Core Level 1. Please confer with your academic advisor to make sure the courses fit into your program of study.

Description:

A creative way to enhance your education at Northeastern, this Dialogue will give you specific practical tools to explore the way that you communicate, collaborate and create with others. Using theatre games, improvisation, ensemble building, voice & speech relaxation and concentration techniques, you will gain self-confidence, self-awareness and a passion for persuasive and articulate communication of your thoughts and ideas which will benefit you as a professional in the 21st century.

 



London: English Culture and Documentary Filmmaking *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | London, England

Dialogue Leader: Professor Michelle Carr (mi.carr@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session: Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 6:00 - 7:30 in 206 Lake Hall

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • COMM 3306 – International Communication Abroad
  • INTL 4944 – Dialogue of Civilization – Globalization and Social Sciences

 

The London Dialogue of civilization has two main focuses for students. First, to familiarize students with the people and the culture of England and the British Empire, with an emphasis on the city of London and its vast history.  Second, to interact with local citizens to produce and edit a 10-12 minute documentary on a subject of their choice (which will be proposed in the Spring of 2014).

Students will attend lectures about the culture and history of England in many of the key sights in London and the country. These sites include: The Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Westminster Abbey, Museum of London, Victoria and Albert Museum, HMS Belfast, Imperial War Museum (London and Duxford), and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. We will also visit Edinburgh, Scotland to discover the close connection between the two cities visiting Edinburgh Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

During the dialogue, students will maintain a blog documenting their learning experience, and they will also write extensive reaction papers on two topics associated with the lectures or places from our travels. They will also work in groups to produce a documentary, which will include: location scouting, proposal writing, script writing, filming, and editing.

Experience in media production is not a requirement but students must have enthusiasm to explore another culture and to experience first hand how theory can provide a deeper, more complex understanding of British culture and history.

 


Lyon – French Language and Culture (CLOSED)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Lyon, France

Faculty-Leader: Prof. Sali Ziane (s.ziane@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session: Monday November 4, 2013 6PM-7PM 315 BK

Term: Summer II

Courses: CLTR 4944 French Culture

FRNH (Multiple Levels offered) 2201, 2202, 3201, 3202

Description: 

The summer language course will include 80 hours of classes in addition to the cultural and historical immersion. Those classes will cover different levels of French in order to satisfy the students’ level. The students will be exposed to intensive oral and written skills.

The program includes:
- Language practice through various activities inside and outside the classroom: - Introduction to life in Lyon.
- Visits of historical sites, museums, parks, etc...
- Cultural activities.

The cultural part will cover the “Immigration in France”:

The immigrants played a significant role in France’s development as well as its laws throughout generations. Before the first and the Second World War and after the decolonization in Africa, lots of immigrants came to France to seek employment and a new life. Nowadays, the French immigration’s policy has changed. The European workers are more accepted than Africans. Because of xenophobic view and conservatism from the right wing (Le F.N.) the French government modified the laws in regards of immigration and citizenship.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • The history of immigration.
  • Cause and effect of the immigration.
  • The role of immigration in the development of France.
  • The political participation and impact of immigrants in France
  • The immigration policy.
  • Controlled Immigration, Racism and citizenship in Modern France
  • The problem of integration/assimilation of immigrant groups in France.
  • Chosen immigration.
  • The challenge of French diversity.

Multiple Locations – Japanese Language and Culture *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | Tokyo, Japan

Faculty leader:  Kumiko Tsuji (ku.tsuji@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session: Thursday, November 7th, 3-4 PM in 220 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer II

Courses: CLTR 4944 Dialogue of Civilizations: Globalization, Humanities, and Cultural Studies

JPNS 2101, 2102, 3101, 3102, 4101, 4102 (Multiple Levels)

Description:

The Dialogue program in Japan is an immersion course in language and culture. It will be held in two key cities, Tokyo and Kyoto, including visits to Hiroshima, Miyajima, Nara, Himeji, and Hakone.

First, we will visit Kyoto, the old capital of Japan, where there are many historical and well preserved temples and shrines.  Students can learn about the development of Japanese wooden architecture and the art of Japanese gardens. Cultural seminars such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and calligraphy will be offered at Doshisha University. During the stay in Kyoto, we will visit Nara,  another ancient capital, and Himeji, the city famous for the Himeji Castle, the UNESCO World Heritage site.

We will also stay in Hiroshima and visit the A-Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Museum.Students will have an opportunity to think about the importance of peace in our society. We will also visit Miyajima, a small island that is famous for the beautiful shrine gate.

Next, we will visit Tokyo, the modern capital of Japan. Students will have a chance to see two faces of Tokyo: traditional and contemporary.    In Tokyo students will take intensive language courses at Seijo University. Also, they will attend the lectures on the related subjects. Students will also have an opportunity to live with Japanese host family for a few days. It will be a wonderful experience, as they can learn the custom and culture through homestay.

We will also visit Hakone, part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Students will enjoy a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji, that was selected as UNESCO’s World Heritage site in 2013, and relax in hot springs.

Both in Kyoto and Tokyo students will have an opportunity to interact and practice Japanese with local college students on daily basis. It will give students a chance to practice Japanese and learn the life, ideas, and interests of Japanese college students.


Multiple Locations: Politics and Culture in International and Comparative Perspectives *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | Tokyo, Japan

Faculty Leader: Philip D'Agati (p.dagati@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses: POLS4937: Government and Politics - Learning Abroad

INTL4944: Dialogue of Civilizations Globalization and Social Sciences

Description:

Students who participate in this Dialogue will be immersed in the politics and culture of Japan. They will have the opportunity to learn about the politics and culture of Japan while exploring important sites in and around Tokyo, Nagano, and Hiroshima.  Students will also participate in a political and cultural dialogue with students from Meiji University while staying three days at a traditional guesthouse near Mt. Fuji.  Students will continue to develop their knowledge of Japanese society and culture through directed visits to Japanese sites of political, historical, and cultural importance.  Meiji University students often accompany our students, providing a unique opportunity to augment the site visits with a local Japanese perspective.  Written work and group projects will compare Japan and the U.S. on a host of domestic and international topics.


NETHERLANDS: Sustainable Urban Transportation *Closed*

Dialogue of Civilizations | Delft, Netherlands

Faculty Leader: Prof. Peter Furth (p.furth@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Information Session: November 12, 2013, 5:15 pm, 158 RY

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • CIVE 4566 Design for Sustainable Urban Transportation: European and U.S. Perspectives
  • INTL 4944 Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagement

Descriptions:

While the Netherlands is as affluent a country as the US, the Dutch drive cars half as much as we Americans do, ride trains 10 times as much, and ride bikes 40 times as much as Americans. They also have the world’s best traffic safety record, killing only 1/3 as many people (per capita) as we do on US roads. Dutch bicycling infrastructure makes it safe for everyone – children and elderly as well – to ride bikes anywhere, and is a major reason that more than 25% of trip nationwide, and more than 40% in cities like Delft and Amsterdam, are made by bike. The goal of this course is learn Dutch principles for planning cities and designing bikeways, roads, and transit networks that make ABC (all-but-car) transportation so attractive.

 

Students will stay at a hostel in the center of historic Delft, hold classes at Delft University, and will ride bicycles daily for commuting and for field trips. About 1/3 of the time will be spent in classrooms, 1/3 on field trips, and 1/3 working on projects. Lecture speakers include experts and local officials responsible for urban planning, bikeway design, and transit planning. Field trips, almost all done by bicycle, are visits to cities to see good examples of urban planning, bicycling infrastructure, and high quality transit, often including meetings with city officials. Field trips to more distant cities (e.g., Amsterdam, Rotterdam)  involve train travel as well. Students do two kinds of projects. One kind is documenting Dutch practices and examples, contributing to a web site intended to introduce an American audience to new ideas about sustainable transportation planning. The other kind is design projects in which students apply Dutch principles and practices to redesigning a Boston-area street or area. To see projects completed in 2011 and 2012, see http://wiki.coe.neu.edu/groups/nl2011transpo/


Northern Ireland: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Belfast, Northern Ireland

Faculty Leader: Sheila Kohanteb (s.kohanteb@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Information Session: November 21, 2013, 5pm, at the SJRC, 106 St. Stephen St.

Term: Summer I

Classes:

  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations: Regional Engagement
  • SOCL3471 Social Conflict and Community Services Abroad

Description:

The Primary objective of this program is to assist students in learning about the causes, consequences, and possible solutions for social conflict in Northern Ireland. The academic portion of this Dialogue will cover readings from sociology, political science, gender studies, education, and history (and more), about the nature of the conflict and conflict resolution in Northern Ireland. Attention is also given to helping students see beyond their customary social experiences and academic disciplines. The students will work on projects that deal in some way with social conflict, broadly defined.  A portion of their research will be tied to performing community service in a specific organization in Belfast as well as working with Northern Ireland youth on a group project. In-depth reflection on their work, individual experiences, readings, and related social issues will occur through group interactions, reaction summaries, and focused discussions in class seminars. Each student will write an analytic paper that ties in theoretical issues with their research experiences. Students will be hosted at Queens University in Belfast, and will travel throughout the country visiting important historical and cultural sites.

 


PERU SUMMER II: Spanish Language and Peruvian Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Lima, Peru

Faculty Leader: Prof. Yanet Canavan (y.canavan@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Sessions:

Monday, January 13, 2014  6-7 p.m. 431 Ryder Hall

Thursday, January 23, 2014 4:30 - 6 p.m. 155 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • SPNS 1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Description:

This Spanish immersion program will take place at a language center in Lima and at Amauta Language School in Cuzco (the capital of the Inca empire). The course consists of 4 hours per day of instruction focusing on: developing all of the four language skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading), cultural visits (museums, cathedrals, historical places in the city, etc.) and activities such as dining at fine restaurants and experiencing Lima's and Cuzco's night life. The Spanish immersion program will offer intensive Spanish language training to solidify the students' knowledge of Spanish grammar and teach them to speak the language fluently. During this 5 week program, students will speak Spanish, participate in cultural activities and interact with local people. It is an exciting way to explore the Spanish language and to experience another culture's people, ideas, customs and beliefs. Students will sample all that the cities of Lima and Cuzco have to offer while using the Spanish language. Students will complete a service project (in a Language School or in the Air Force School) in which they will help Peruvian students to practice speaking English and also explain to them a typical day in the life of a American college student. Students from Northeastern will have Peruvian language partners. Students will experience life in Peru as a local Peruvian. Students will stay with Peruvian guest families, learning their culture and using the Spanish language in their day-to-day activities.

The itinerary is tentatively scheduled as such:

  • 3 weeks in Miraflores, Lima
  • 4 days in Ica - Nazca
  • 1 week in Cuzco

For more information: Contact Prof. Yanet Canavan (y.canavan@neu.edu)

https://www.facebook.com/PeruDialogueofCivilization


PERU: Spanish Language and Peruvian Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Lima, Peru

Faculty Leader: Prof. Yanet Canavan (y.canavan@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Session:

Thursday, November 7th at 5:00 p.m. Location: Richards 231

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • SPNS 1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Description:

This Spanish immersion program will take place at a language center in Lima and at Amauta Language School in Cuzco (the capital of the Inca empire). The course consists of 4 hours per day of instruction focusing on: developing all of the four language skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading), cultural visits (museums, cathedrals, historical places in the city, etc.) and activities such as dining at fine restaurants and experiencing Lima's and Cuzco's night life. The Spanish immersion program will offer intensive Spanish language training to solidify the students' knowledge of Spanish grammar and teach them to speak the language fluently. During this 5 week program, students will speak Spanish, participate in cultural activities and interact with local people. It is an exciting way to explore the Spanish language and to experience another culture's people, ideas, customs and beliefs. Students will sample all that the cities of Lima and Cuzco have to offer while using the Spanish language. Students will complete a service project (in a Language School or in the Air Force School) in which they will help Peruvian students to practice speaking English and also explain to them a typical day in the life of a American college student. Students from Northeastern will have Peruvian language partners. Students will experience life in Peru as a local Peruvian. Students will stay with Peruvian guest families, learning their culture and using the Spanish language in their day-to-day activities.

The itinerary is tentatively scheduled as such:

  • 3 weeks in Miraflores, Lima
  • 4 days in Ica - Nazca
  • 1 week in Cuzco

For more information: Contact Prof. Yanet Canavan (y.canavan@neu.edu)

https://www.facebook.com/PeruDialogueofCivilization


Poland: From Occupation to Resistance – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Warsaw, Poland

Faculty Leader: Prof. Jeffrey Burds (j.burds@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Sessions:

Wednesday, November 6th 4:00 p.m. in 206 Meserve Hall

Wednesday, November 13th 11:00 a.m. in 206 Meserve Hall

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • HIST4946 Central Europe Abroad (Field Research)
  • INTL4944 Dialogues of Civilization/Regional

Description: 

Warsaw is rapidly becoming a second Prague in Europe—safe, negotiable in English, a beautiful and haunting 1200-year old city that represents the very best of several European cultures.

This Summer II Dialogue will examine the history of the Second World War in Poland--from the German invasion in September 1939, the Polish national resistance, the Holocaust,  the Warsaw Uprising, the Soviet occupation of Poland from autumn 1944, and the Solidarity Movement that brought Polish independence in the 1980s.  Based at Warsaw University, the program includes regularly scheduled classes with lectures by the Dialogue leaders and local scholars, plus visits to relevant historical and cultural sites around Poland.  Excursions are planned to the concentration camps at Auschwitz; Krakow (the site of the main school for training Nazi collaborationist police and prison guards); Zakopane—a mountain resort town where the Nazis had schools for SS and Abwher (military intelligence) assets; and Gdansk, the site of the Solidarity Movement that brought liberation of Poland from Soviet power in the 1980s.  The program will include a visit to Zelazowa Wola, the birth place and museum of Chopin, and attendance of a performance of his music. More than any other, Chopin is the Polish composer who created the soundtrack of the Polish national resistance struggle.

The Program leader is Professor Jeffrey Burds, an award-winning teacher and scholar whose work on the history of the Soviet secret police throughout Eastern Europe has earned him an international reputation. Program co-leader is Izabella Burds, a native of Warsaw, with an advanced business degree and more than 20 years of experience in Polish corporate life during the transition from Soviet satellite to one of the most successful of all post-Soviet economies. The program Resident Assistant is a member of the cultural section in the U.S. embassy in Warsaw, Miss Paulina Sieradzan.

Jewish Studies Students: The Jewish Studies Program will offer 8 full credits in their program for the Polish Dialogue of Civilization to any student who pursues a special project on some aspect of Jewish history or culture, or the Holocaust. For details, please contact Professor Jeffrey Burds.

Blogs on the 2013 program:    

Blog1-Poland-2013

Blog2-Poland-2013

Blog3-Poland-2013

 

 

 


Russia and Ukraine: Russian Language and Culture – A Tale of Three Cities – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Moscow, Russia


Faculty Leader:
Ekaterina (Katya) Burvikova (e.burvikova@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Sessions: 

October 30th   at 6 pm in 220 Ryder
October 31st  at 5.50 pm in 220 Ryder
November 6th at 5.50 pm in 220 Ryder

 

Term: Summer II

Courses: 

  • RSNN 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Russian Language Immersion (multiple levels)
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Program Description:

The program will be an ambitious journey into the heart and soul of Russian culture, by exploring the history, culture and streets of three of Eastern Europe’s most historic and interesting cities: Moscow, St Petersburg and Kiev.

The program will begin in Moscow with an exploration of the most significant city in modern Russia. Academic classes will begin as an overview of the program with lessons in History, Culture, and Language. Meanwhile, daily trips around the city will bring these lessons to life.

In the second week the students will visit St Petersburg, the historic capital of the Russian Empire, and cultural capital of Russia. The home of the Russian Revolution, The Hermitage (the Tsar’s Palace which is now the home to one of the world’s greatest museums) and experience the legendary white nights on the shores of the historic Neva river.

Then the students will return to Moscow for more academic classes and trips to historic site in the surrounding areas. The program will end with a trip to Kiev, Ukraine, the historic home of the Kievan Rus and the beginning of Russian civilization in the 9th century.  Here, we will explore ancient Russian civilization as well as the modern capital of the newly independent Ukraine, a former Soviet Republic.

The theme of the program is dialogue, not just in language but the dialogue between history and geography, culture and tradition, as well as your own experiences and your experiences in Russia.

In just 35 days the students will experience a whirlwind exploration of the Russian Empire, Soviet Union and modern Eastern Europe through hands on study and exploration of these three historic capitals of Russian civilization.

Students will receive some pre-departure online tasks like readings (including reflections in a diary/blog), during the in-country stay they will have daily field-trip to get familiar with Russian culture and life. Each field trip will be followed by a discussion to find essential traits of Russian culture.  As the final task students will be asked to create a presentation on a topic of their interest.


Salzburg: Classical Music and Cultural Business *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | Salzburg, Austria

Faculty leader: Professor Won-Hee An (w.an@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session: 

January 22nd 5:30-6:30
Ryder Hall room #354

Term: Summer 1

Courses: MUSC 2137 Viennese School

BUSN 1990  Salzburg College course, "Cultural Business and Marketing"

Description:

This program consists of two courses.  One is a music course (MUSC2137), “Viennese School I” and the second course (BUSN1990) is Salzburg College's  “Cultural Business and Marketing”.  The first course will focus on music from the mid 18th century to the mid 19th century, specifically the music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.  Classes during the day will focus on specific genres as well as specific works by major central European composers.  Site visits later in the day will provide context for these works.

The second course is designed to give the students a survey of the cultural industry, visualizing its functions and proceedings with first-hand accounts of professionals in one of the top “music cities” worldwide. It also aims at providing a more advanced and active view of the major areas of cultural marketing that all artists and managers have to understand to create an effective (worldwide) marketing strategy. Salzburg offers the backdrop to an insight into career possibilities in the performing arts and music industry, laying a particular focus on the specifics of the business side of the industry. Students will get in touch with local artists and managers who perform at or work for such prestigious institutions as the Salzburg Festival, the International Foundation Mozarteum, or the Salzburg Museum and thereby experience an insider’s perspective on the business and marketing side of culture.

Students will also be introduced to Austrian culture on many levels.  They will stay in Salzburg with host families, and will make trips to different Austrian cultural sites around Salzburg.  Students will spend 4 days in Vienna and will be able to see concerts at the Musikverein and Vienna State Opera as well as visiting different cultural sites there.  A trip to Eszterhazy Palace is also an option.  Student accommodations on this trip will be a student hostel, where they will live and interact with other European students.


SOUTH AFRICA: Health and International Medicine (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Cape Town, South Africa

Faculty Leader: Adam Thomas (ad.thomas@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Frequently Asked Questions

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations – Regional Engagement: South Africa
  • PT6239 Intercultural Health Care Delivery

Description:

In this Summer 1 Dialogue in South Africa, the students will be able to explore the South African health care system as well as attend lectures, excursions, and tours on South Africa culture and history. Students will visit many cities and townships within the country and have access to public and private medical facilities. By the end of this dialogue students will have a better understanding of social and economical impacts on health care systems and delivery. This Dialogue in South Africa will allow growth culturally as well as educationally, and will be a great learning opportunity for any student interested in health care.


SOUTH AFRICA: Social Entrepreneurship Field Research Program (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Cape Town, South Africa

Faculty Leader: Dennis Shaughessy (d.shaughnessy@neu.edu) and Gordon Adomdza (g.adomdza@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday, October 29 from 6-7PM in 170 Dodge Hall RSVP HERE
  • Thursday, November 7 from 6-7PM in 225 Richards Hall  RSVP HERE
  • Tuesday, November 12 from 6-7PM in 170 Dodge Hall RSVP HERE
  • Thursday, November 14 from 5-6PM in 425 Hayden Hall RSVP HERE

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • ENTR3306 Global Development Entrepreneurship
  • ENTR3308 Business Economic History of Modern South Africa

Description:

The Field Research Program in South Africa is a hands-on, field based research program which is focuses on social entrepreneurship in Cape Town, South Africa. Developed in 2008 by Professor Dennis Shaughnessy, this academically rigorous program will enable students to learn more about global development and how entrepreneurship can lift families out of poverty.

In Module 1, students will work directly with urban entrepreneurs from township communities to help grow their micro-businesses through the Entrepreneurs Consultation Project. Students will work in consulting teams with local students from the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA), which is a free business degree program for low-income students from the townships. At the end of Module 1, student teams will present a deliverable on behalf of their entrepreneur; select teams are eligible to receive funding of up to $10,000 USD from the NU-TSiBA MicroVenture Fund to support their entrepreneur’s business. This portion of the program allows students to gain real life "consultation" experience and also provides students with an understanding of real life venture capital for business development, particularly in an emerging market country such as South Africa.

In Module 2, students will study with Professor Gordon Adomdza at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business to learn about human centered design and social innovation for the base of the pyramid (BoP) market. Students will have the opportunity to consult directly for high impact social enterprises and nonprofit organizations in the Cape Town area. There will be a mid-semester break in Module 2 during which students will travel to Johannesburg to visit other large industries, social businesses, and enterprises.

The academic portion of the program includes subject material such as social entrepreneurship, social enterprise development, micro-finance, impact investing, and small business management. Classes are supplemented with site visits to social businesses and enterprises in the surrounding Cape Town or Cape Flats area. Site visits also include guest lecturers from local social enterprises and businesses, visit(s) to Robben Island, Parliament and other historical/cultural sites. Students also attend guest lectures by South African historians, politicians, journalists, faculty, venture capitalists, doctors and researchers to engage students in discussion of topics relevant to South African history post-apartheid, and how the country’s controversial history has led to its modern day business climate.

Weekends include student led service learning projects and thoughtful community service. In this service learning exercise, students are encouraged to research which organizations they wish to support, and fundraise towards their project goal; this component of the program enables students to see impact of their own strategic social investing.

Weekends also include excursions, hiking trips, and an overnight safari.

To watch an informational video about the South Africa Social Entrepreneurship Field Research Program, please visit: please visit: http://www.youtube.com/northeastern#p/u/11/AsEnILQFiY8


Spain and Morocco: Spanish Culture and Language – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Seville, Spain

Faculty leader: Tania Muino Loureiro (t.muino-loureiro@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Session:

Wednesday, November 6th 6-7 p.m. in 121FR 

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad
  • SPNS 2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion and Directed Study

Description:

This program is designed to help you improve your language skills and immerse yourself in Spanish culture, also to better your understanding and appreciation of all things Spanish. During the program we will stay in Spain (Seville, Granada and Madrid) and Morroco (Marrakech and Ouazazate).

We will spend most of our time in Seville. Seville is the capital of the southern region of Andalucia and the third largest city in Spain. It is an easy city to get around and all the major historical and culture sites, as well as the student accommodation and the school are within walking distance. The program will be based here and it will give you the opportunity to feel more like a local instead of a tourist. Sevillanos (The people of Seville) are known as being friendly and good humored. The climate is warm and sunny and the pace of life very relaxed. Seville is a city that keeps alive the spirit of its traditions, an explosion of colors and sensations, a city where contrasts between the modern and the tradition are everywhere. Here you will be able to experience Flamenco dancing and music, horse shows, bullfighting, tapas and the traditional fiestas.

While in Seville, students will be taking language classes (grammar and conversation) in small groups (8-10 students per class) Monday to Friday 9:15am until 1pm. Classes will take place at Clic International House Sevilla. After classes you will get to experience the tradition of “siestas”. Spaniards like to relax and enjoy time with their families during lunchtime (1- 4pm), with a nap when possible, during the warmest part of the day and while most shops and establishments are closed. The culture classes and service learning (community service) will be taking place in the afternoon. Service learning will take 3-4 hours per week and the culture course and cultural visits another 3-4 hours per week. There will be different cultural events and activities organized like cooking lessons and Flamenco workshops.

The Spanish Culture course will deal with history, politics, social factors, cultural life and pop culture in Spain from 1936 until present. It will cover the civil war (1936-1939) and the process of transition to democracy that followed Franco's death in 1975. It will also examine the new freedom from censorship after Franco died, the new cinema and the radical changes and modernization in values, family, sex and religion that occurred after the restoration of democracy.

While in Spain we will also visit Madrid and Granada. Madrid is the capital of Spain and one of the biggest and most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. In Granada, you will experience life in a beautiful city full of history and culture. Granada was the last part of Spain to be under Moorish rule and you will still be able to see the strong impact this has had and still does. We will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful La Alhambra palace, a World Heritage site and the inspiration for Washington Irving’s Tales of La Alhambra.

Towards the end of the program we will visit Morocco where we will spend five days. We will be staying in Marrakech where you will have the opportunity to engage in community service as part of the service learning component of the culture course. From Marrakech we will travel to to Ouazazate, also known as “The door of the dessert” a town inhabited by Berbers and a noted film-making location (Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Babel…)

Medieval Iberia (modern-day Spain) was under Islamic rule from 711 until The Reconquista by Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492. This had an enormous impact on all parts of Spanish life; the language, architecture, customs, science, music, food and so much more. The visit to Morocco will give us the opportunity to learn and experience how the Islamic rule of Spain and Moorish culture have influenced Spanish culture and language.

Spain 2014 Itinerary


Spain: From the Capital to the Coast – Spanish Language and Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Valencia, Spain

Faculty Leader: Prof. Maria Brucato (m.brucato@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Sessions:

Tuesday, November 5th 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Ryder 427

Wednesday, November 13th  6:30 p.m. in Ryder 431

Term: Summer II

Courses:

  • SPNS2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion (multiple levels)
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad

Description:

Our Dialogue begins with a week in Madrid, Spain’s vibrant capital, where students will experience an intensive cultural immersion, attend classes and provide service within the community. Next, we head to the Mediterranean coast for 3 weeks where students will lodge in the University's student residence, attend the Costa de Valencia language institute, and engage in Community Service. Finally, students will enjoy a 2-day excursion to the exquisite Moorish city, Granada, located in Spain's southern region, Andalusia.


Spain: Journalism in Spain – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Madrid, Spain

Faculty Leader: Prof. Carlene Hempel (c.hempel@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • JRNL 5360 Global Reporting
  • SPNS 1301/2301 Elementary/Intermediate Spanish Language Immersion

Description:

Students participating in this program will function as a traveling press corps. As international correspondents, they will find and pitch stories and report and write them (in English) on deadline for an online magazine created to showcase the course material. Students will also be expected to take photos for their stories, as well as provide video and audio when necessary and appropriate. Topics could include articles related to government, politics, religion, arts, sports, business and lifestyle.


TAIWAN: Biomedical Optics in Taipei – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | taipei, taiwan

Faculty Leader: Charles DiMarzio (c.dimarzio@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Information Session: Wednesday, 4 December, from 6:00 to 7:00PM in 352 Egan

Term: Summer 2

Courses: 

  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagement: Chinese Culture in Taiwan
  • EECE4648 Biomedical Optics in an International Context

 Description:

In recent years many engineering and science students have developed an interest in applying their engineering skills to biomedical problems. At Northeastern, increasing numbers of students are working in biomedical optics, through courses, research projects, and cooperative education assignments. Students wishing to work in this discipline in the future require not only strong technical skills (which transcend national borders), but a knowledge of the financial, political, cultural, and social issues that vary from one country to another. The theme of this program is international biomedical research and development in the US and Taiwan.

This program is designed for students with an interest in optics or biomedical instrumentation, or both. The program has three main components: (1) Prof. Charles A. DiMarzio at NU and Prof. Snow Tseng at National Taiwan University (NTU), will offer a rigorous 4–semester–hour “technical elective” course in biomedical optics to students from both NU and NTU. (2) The program will also offer a 4SH social–science course, Chinese Cultures in Taiwan. In this course we will explore such topics as the Cross-straits tug of war for Formosa, the diverse cultures of the Taiwanese people, history of the island, occupation by other countries, modern times (1945–present) and Taiwan in 2014. (3) The program will include excursions around Taipei and neighboring areas to provide an experience of living and traveling abroad, along with a brief exposure to the language, calligraphy, and customs of the country.