Programs by Term: Summer I + Dialogue of Civilizations


Annecy – French Language and Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Annecy, France

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

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

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • CLTR4944: From Middle-Ages to WWII German Occupation: A walk through ancient and Contemporary Culture and History of Savoie (NU Core humanities level 1)
  • FRNH 1302, 2301, 2302, 3301 (depends on student French level)

Description:

The program of this Dialogue consists of two courses: one being a French language immersion, and the other a study of the Regional French culture and history of Savoie. Both courses are held in Annecy, located in eastern France, between Geneva and Chambéry.  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 nested at the foot of the Prealps and on the shore of Lake Annecy, which is one of the cleanest lakes in the eastern Europe.  But Annecy is more than just a beautiful place to explore. It holds a rich history that made this region quite different from many others.  Thus, the objective of this program is to discover and examine the culture and history of the entire region of Savoie.  A trip to Paris will launch this special experience and introduce students to a city of considerable beauty and impressive history.

 

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BRAZIL: Alternative Energy Technology and Brazilian Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Sao Paulo, Brazil


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

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

Term: Summer I

Website: Find out more about this dialogue here.

Courses:

  • GE1201 Alternative Energy Technologies Abroad
  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagement: Brazilian Culture, NU Core arts level 1

Description:

Learn about the different types of alternative energy technologies in a 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, learn survival Portuguese, and participate in cultural activities such as learning how to samba, perform capoeira, and visit many cultural museums. The program will end in Rio de Janeiro, where we will take part in a community service project for two days and see the famous sites and beaches of Rio.

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BRAZIL: Brazil in the 21st Century: An Interpretive Study of the Cultural Layers of a Globalizing Nation

Dialogue of Civilizations | Belo Horizonte, Brazil


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

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

Term: Summer I

Website: Read more about the program here.

Courses:

  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad: Brazilian Culture, NU Core humanities level 1
  • PORT1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/Directed Study: Students will take one of these courses

Description:

 21st Century Brazil- An Interpretive Study of the Cultural Layers of a Globalizing Nation: Examining the Aftermath of the 2014 World Cup for the Brazilian Society as well as the Public and Private Sectors in the Context of Portuguese Language, Brazilian Culture and Experiential Learning.

Several agencies, institutions and organizations including the Cultural Institute Brazil united States (ICBEU), State of Minas Gerais, Consulate of United States in Belo Horizonte, UNA University, Fumec University, FEAD University, and the Military Police, to name a few institutions, support the 2015 21st Brazil program. This unique academic and cultural experiential program offers students immersion into some of the world’s two most dynamic, diverse and growing States in Brazil: The State of Minas Gerais, one of the leading economic regions in the country (it is currently the second wealthiest in terms of GDP with a land mass greater than that of France), as well as the marvelous the state of Rio de Janeiro, which will be hosting the 2016 Olympics.

The states of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2014 World Cup. The state of Minas Gerais is home to South America’s only helicopter manufacturing company, and has Brazil’s second largest automotive hub, being home of, Iveco, Fiat and Mercedes Benz.  The state excels not only on its vast industry. Minas Gerais state school network is among the best in the nation, and it is well recognized for its educational achievements – being the location of some of the best universities in the country.

The cultural immersion is furthered through academic exchange with students from the host institutions whom will act as "buddies" during the program. The academic program will be complemented by numerous guided excursions, including an excursion to marvelous Rio de Janeiro and other important satellite and historical cities in Brazil. In addition, students will also engage in lectures, and field visits with scholarly authorities and local leaders.

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Chile: Hyperspectral Imaging

Dialogue of Civilizations | Santiago, Chile

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

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

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • EECE 3154: Hyperspectral Imaging in an International Context
  •  CLTR4944: Chilean Culture, NU Core humanities level 1

Program Website

Description:

In recent years many engineering and science students have developed an interest in applying their engineering skills to diverse problems in biology, health, environment and remote sensing. At Northeastern, increasing numbers of students are working in imaging, 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 research and development in the US and Chile. This program is designed for students with an interest in optics or signal processing, or both. The program has three main components: (1) Prof. Charles A. DiMarzio at NU, will offer a rigorous 4–semester–hour “technical elective” course in Hyperspectral Imaging to students (2) The faculty at Universidad de Los Andes will offer a 4SH course in Chilean culture . (3) The program will include excursions to historical and cultural sites around Santiago and neighboring areas. (4) Students will participate in cultural activities with UANDES and international students. Each student will have a "buddy" who will help orient and integrate the student into the campus culture. Prof. DiMarzio conducts research in biomedical optics with a group of graduate and undergraduate students and faculty collaborators in ECE and MIE. He has worked 14 years in industry prior to his career at Northeastern, and is strongly committed to introducing undergraduates to both academic and industrial research and development.


China: Chinese Culture and Architecture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Beijing, China

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

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer 1

Courses:

  • ARCH4850 Urban and Architectural History Abroad - China
  • ARTE2501 Art and Design Abroad: History

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 Quanzhou, musicians in Nantong, and students from the College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, 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 four-week long program will be divided into two parts. During the first two and half 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. Weekend excursions can bring students to the nearby cities such as Tianjin and Chengde. During the last 10 days, students will be on a comprehensive tour visiting other significant sites in Chinese art, architectural, and urban histories, including the significant Silk Road city Yinchuan in the culturally mixed Ningxia province in the Northwest, the port city and the beginning of the Maritime Silk Road Quanzhou in Fujian province in the Southeast, the Modern cosmopolitan Shanghai, the typical Jiangnan water towns, and a variety of historic religious sites.


China: Chinese Language and Culture through the Lens of Food

Dialogue of Civilizations | Nanjing, China

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

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Information Session:

Oct. 27th, 6:00pm, 275 Ryder Hall

Flyer

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • CHNS 1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302  Chinese Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad, NU Core humanities level 1

Program Description: Now in its ninth summer, the language-intensive China Dialogue based in Nanjing offers students a chance to improve their Mandarin proficiency and cultural understanding in the best possible way – by speaking and living 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 both a Chinese home where you stay for a week and a workplace while you take part in a Chinese internship program related to your specific major.

This year, the dialogue will have a new focus, food. We will use food as a lens to explore topics relating to Chinese history, society, art, politics, and its relationship to the rest of the world. We will find out the beliefs on food values and taboos, food as medicine and its relationship to religion and environment from the assigned readings and dialogues with the locals and experts. We will visit the urban farmers’ markets and rural farms to learn about the concerns of food safety and security and initiatives from internet activism to sustainable farming; we will learn about the environmental impact of China's large meat industry. Today, one-third of the world’s meat is produced in China and half of all pigs live there. You will get a bite of China by sampling diverse regional cuisines at different locations, from street stands to fancy restaurants, fromtraditional local brands to Big Macs and Starbucks in China, to experience the regional and cultural diversity, the fast pace of urbanization and globalization in the country and their impact on food, business, and the society as a whole. You will listen to farmers to talk about their lives and land, and expatriates from famous design firms on how to design for the emerging Chinese middle class consumers. You will also learn some basic Chinese cooking methods and hone your “knife skills” with a Chinese kitchen cleaver at a culinary school.

This course provides intensive Chinese language training, cultural studies, homestay and internship opportunities in China. You will take Chinese classes for a total of 100 hours, and intern in a Chinese company or institution for a total of 30-40 hours. Placement of internship will try to match your field of study, skills and interests, and cover a wide range of sectors. You will also have the opportunity to experience the daily lives and customs of Chinese by spending a week living with a local family. The program will be based in Nanjing, a historic city with long and influential history as the capital of six dynasties, and is only an hour by train north of Shanghai. The program will visit historic, political, and cultural sites in Beijing, Shanghai, Anhui and Nanjing.

Check out the daily blog sites from the past years, http://neuinchina2014.blogspot.com for 2014, http://neuinchina2013.blogspot.com for 2013,  http://neuinchina2012.blogspot.com for 2012, and http://neuinchina2011.blogspot.com for 2011.

 


CUBA: Cuba y La Fotografìa -CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Havana, Cuba

Come view the Summer 2014 Cuba Dialogue Exhibition!  Beginning Monday, September 29, 2014, West Village H.

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

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

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • ARTE2500 Art + Design Abroad: Studio - Photo Basic
  • 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 Photo Basics for Majors and Non-Majors 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.  A final portfolio is required for successful completion of Photo Basics. The program will begin with an on-campus component in Boston after which, students will travel to Cuba with the group. Cuba


Edinburgh: Cognitive-Communication Rehabilitation in Scotland: Cultural and Health Care System Considerations

Dialogue of Civilizations | Edinburgh, Scotland

Faculty Leader: Dr. Therese O'Neil-Pirozzi (t.oneil-pirozzi@neu.edu)

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

Term: Summer I

Courses:

SLPA4652 Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Abroad

SLPA4991 Research

Description:

Facilitated by Dr. Therese O’Neil-Pirozzi, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), this DOC will engage 12 CSD majors with the culture, civilization, and people of Scotland. Students will be provided with an in-depth and on-site experience, learning the history, anthropology, philosophy, culture, and arts with a special focus on the health care system in Scotland. Students will gain a “global experience” that enhances their Northeastern University academic experience and their career development.


England & France: Exploring Fashion in London and Paris

Dialogue of Civilizations | Paris, France

Faculty Leader: Frances McSherry (f.mcsherry@neu.edu)

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

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • THTR 1233 19th and 20th Century Fashion & Costume
  •  THTR 1240 Fashion Trend Forecasting

Description:

This Dialogue of Civilization will focus on the history of 19th, 20th and 21st century fashion design and the complex field of 21st century fashion forecasting.


England and Ireland: Global Wellness and Mindfulness Studies – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | London, Ireland

Faculty Leader: Jane McCool (j.mccool@neu.edu)

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

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • NRSG1206 Global Wellness
  • NRSG2206 Global Perspectives in Mindfulness

Description:

The lands and cultures of England and Ireland will serve to inspire this Dialogue in Wellness and Mindful Living. This special environment will offer a unique living and learning opportunity that is designed to develop and nurture human wellbeing through authentic presence with the self and in the world.

This program offers 2 courses: NRSG1206 Global Wellness and NRSG 2206 Global Perspectives in Mindfulness; these courses will synergistically offer a holistic immersion in the fields of study. Reflective Experiential Learning and Contemplative Inquiry will inform the program design in an effort to create a learning space for personal introspection and growth. Through conversation and focused study and practice with peers, leaders, and scholars in these intersecting fields, students will explore a whole person model of health and wellness that will incorporate multiple worldviews, thereby learning to challenge and change many attitudes about sustainable human health and global wellbeing.

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England: Comparative Health Care Systems and Communications

Dialogue of Civilizations | London, England

Faculty Leader: Pauline Hamel (p.hamel@neu.edu) and Valeria Ramdin (v.ramdin@neu.edu)

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

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • PHTH 2301 Communications for the Health Professions: Global/UK
  •  PHTH 1261 Comparative Health Care Systems: Global/UK 

Description:

In this London comparative health care Dialogue of Civilizations offered Summer I, 2015, students will have the opportunity to learn about global health commu-nications and health care systems, Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) with comparisons to evolving American health care systems,  development of standards of care and best practice as well as current disease prevention, health promotion and health literacy programs in the UK.  Students who participate in this international experience will gain firsthand knowledge of British history, culture and trends and how they have influenced the development of its health care system. This Dialogue will offer students select visits to private and public institutions, government and non-governmental organizations (NGO), and the opportunity to participate in public health dialogue with various key constituents of health policy and delivery. During the semester, contemporary health communications and systems issues including the affordability of medical care, patients’ rights, health risks and behaviors, disease prevention, quality and access to care,  and trends in employment of health professionals will also be explored and discussed.Students will attend lectures, both in-class and off-site, participate in academic and cultural excursions, and tours focusing on culture, race, ethnicity and health care delivery through the lifespan. Students will also visit several renowned clinical, academic and cultural sites in London and surrounding areas. They will have opportunities to interact with British citizens from Members of Parliament (MP) to local community residents to further familiarize themselves with culture, health beliefs, values and behaviors. By the completion of this London Dialogue of Civilizations, students will have a better understanding of healthcare communications, healthcare systems and delivery, trends and practice as well as related historical, cultural and socioeconomic factors that impact health in the UK.

 

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FRANCE and MOROCCO: Colonial Past, Cultural Change, and Economic Development

Dialogue of Civilizations | marrakesh, Morocco

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

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

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • INTL 3565: Morocco: History, Culture, and Economic Development
  • INTL 4944: Ethnicity, Religious Diversity, and Gender in Morocco (Regional Middle East), NU Core arts level 1

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.


Germany and Poland: Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Dialogue of Civilizations | , Germany

Faculty Leaders: Professor Natalie Bormann (n.bormann@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

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, NU Core arts level 1

Description:

http://nuweb9.neu.edu/germanypolanddialogue/

https://www.facebook.com/GermanyPolandDialogue2013

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 Ghettos in Warsaw and Krakow, 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.


INDIA: Climate Change Science and Policy – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | , India

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

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Website: You can find out more about this dialogue here

Courses:

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

Description:

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.

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INDIA: Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Hyderabad, India

Faculty Leader: C. Sara Minard (c.minard@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Courses:

  • ENTR4512 Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development in India
  • ENTR4514 Development Practice and Global Citizenship in India

Description: The overriding premise of this four-week Dialogue on Civilizations course in India is that the inception and implementation of a social innovation begins by understanding a social problem within a particular context, and developing a systems-based approach to imagining solutions to reduce or solve the social problem. Through a learning-by-doing approach, students delve into critical social problems in the country—gender inequality, financial exclusion, climate vulnerability, environmental degradation, water access, disease, illiteracy, human trafficking, food insecurity, etc.—and working alongside local counterparts in government, private sector and the social sector, they design, develop and test innovative solutions to improve existing systems and help local partners achieve sustainable development. This course has three parts: 1 - a personal journey of establishing communication between heart, mind and experience, between imagination and facts, 2 – a social entrepreneurial journey of researching and designing sustainable economic solutions to social problems, 3 – a global citizen journey of examining what are common human experiences in a globalized world in order to understand how, as global citizens, we can use this awareness to inform decisions in our everyday lives, overcome separation and build communities based on an appreciation of difference.

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IRELAND: Irish Society, Literature and Film

Dialogue of Civilizations | Dublin, Ireland

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

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

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.


Italy: Beyond Food, Fashion and Ruins (Honors) -CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Rome, Italy

Faculty Leader: Carey Rappaport (c.rappaport@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • HONR 3309 Italian Science and Technology in the Second Millennium
  • HONR 3309 Social, Political, and Cultural Factors behind Italy's Scientific and Technological Progress

Description:

Science and technology in the Renaissance was an important factor in bringing Italy and Europe out of the dark ages, establishing the basis for economic and political power, and setting the stage for centuries of innovation and intellectual advancement that remains to this day. This course will rigorously investigate the early scientific philosophy and inventions of Renaissance Italy. and show how the early engineering and mathematical developments have built upon each other leading to the sophisticated technology of modern times. In five weeks, the class will tour key sites in Rome, Florence, Siena, Pisa, Bologna, Turin, Milan and Venice. Key inventions will be viewed in museums (Galileo, da Vinci, Vatican) deconstructed virtually, explaining their operations and functions, advantages and flaws, and discussed in the light of improvements  over existing devices and deficiencies that needed to be fixed. The coupling of art and science will be revealed in paintings, sculpture, architecture and models. Concepts of engineering efficiency and style, established design and traditional craft will be explored and demonstrated with visits to modern factories where the Piaggo (Vespa scooter), Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Parmaigiano cheese are made. Five technical tracts will be considered: Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Chemical/Material, and Mathematical Sciences, by visiting sites and studying technologies including optics, navigation and vehicle design , cathedral dome/tunnel/dam construction, glass making and food science, and the apparatus for demonstrating mathematical behavior. The Dialogue will also examine the social, political, economic and cultural factors that shaped scientific innovation in the Italian context and, in turn, the consequences of progress on the lives of the Italian people.


Italy: Family Business Studies

Dialogue of Civilizations | Verona, Italy

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

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

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

Description: 

Program Videos:

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

Dialogue of Civilizations | Mantova, Italy

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

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • ITLN2301/2302/3301/3302 Italian Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad, NU Core humanities level 1

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. You may get additional information at www.mantovadoc.weebly.com


Italy: Photography and Art History of Rome and Venice

Dialogue of Civilizations | Venice, Italy

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

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I Courses:

  • ARTE 2500 Art and Design Abroad: Studio-Photo Basics
  • ARTE 2501 Art and Design Abroad: Italian Culture through Architecture
  • ARTE 2501 Art and Design Abroad: Italian Culture through Art History

Every student will register for Photo Basics. Students may choose to take either Italian Culture Through Art History or Italian Culture Through Architecture.

Description: The Rome/Venice dialog is in its 10th year. Students become a part of the Italian ethos; they eat, shop, live, take classes, and do business in the cities on a daily basis. Student’s firsts travel to Rome and spend 1 week learning about the city as well as photography in it. Then, by train, we travel to Venice, there we spend 4 weeks studying the culture of this unique city and photographing in it.


Italy: Sustainable Waste Management, European Practices for Resource Recovery and Environmental Protection

Dialogue of Civilizations | Cagliari, Italy

Faculty Leader: Annalisa Onnis-Hayden (aonnis@coe.neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Courses:

  • CIVE 4540: Resource Recovery and Waste Treatment Technologies Abroad
  • CIVE 4541: Waste Management and Policy Abroad

Description:

Humans have a tremendous impact on the environment through simple use of resources, particularly if we look at the equation from cradle to grave. Much resource use results in waste, either as a byproduct or an end result. Solid waste creates a significant environmental problem on many levels. It often signifies inefficient use of resources, it contributes to land use issues (e.g. landfills) and it can initiate pollution in other mediums such as air, soil and water (e.g. incineration or leachate from landfills). We have a mounting problem with solid waste management in our society and world. The two courses will explore the engineering, science, environmental impacts, and policy issues pertinent to waste management in Europe.


JORDAN: Arabic Language & The Arab Uprisings: Jordan and Beyond

Dialogue of Civilizations | Amman, Jordan

Faculty Leaders: Denis Sullivan (d.sullivan@neu.edu) and Muna Ibrahim

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

Term: Summer 1

Courses:

  • INTL 4944 Dialogue of Civilizations (Middle East Studies), NU Core arts level 1
  • 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 CET Academic Programs and an in-depth overview of Jordanian and regional politics, history, culture, and society. Through formal and informal activities, students maintain an Arabic language pledge and 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

Dialogue of Civilizations | Nairobi, Kenya

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

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

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

Description:The Kenya Dialogue is a rigorous and highly interactive experience immersing students into local urban and rural communities in various parts of the country through extensive field visits, stays, sharing and continuous exposure in the course of the program. The Dialogue provides students an unparalleled opportunity to engage in and learn about the major health, socio-economic, cultural, and political issues that characterize the every-day life of the people and communities of Kenya. The program engages local guest speakers and institutional visits that are key actors in their fields in health, politics and culture. Students develop participatory skills in community and problem-based models through these interactions, language instructions, individual research and experiential learning.

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


Lithuania: The Baltic States Before and After Communism

Dialogue of Civilizations | Klaipeda, Lithuania

Faculty Leader: Harlow Robinson (h.robinson@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • HIST 3304:  Topics in History: The Baltic States Before and After Communism
  • INTL 4944: The Baltic States in Transition, NU Core arts level 1

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Description:To understand the human dimensions of the dramatic political changes that have taken place in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia since signing of the Molotov Ribbentrop pact in 1939. What has it been like to live through the rise and fall of Communism, and into the brave—and often frightening--new world of capitalism? By using historical writings, memoirs, novels and films, we will examine the transformation of the societies in this volatile region in pre- and post-Soviet period. How did the USSR attempt to control the local populations? How have these various countries and societies dealt with the difficult transition from Communism to capitalism and joining the European Union? In light of recent events in Ukraine, we will also look at the future of the former Soviet Republics. The goal of the course is to understand better what people gained—and what they lost—when the fences and walls came tumbling down from Berlin to Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn.


London & Edinburgh: English Culture and Documentary Filmmaking

Dialogue of Civilizations | London, England

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

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

Term: Summer I

Courses:

    • COMM3307 - Production Practicum Abroad
    • COMM 3306 – International Communication Abroad - Britain, Empire, and Culture 

 Description: 

The London Dialogue of Civilization – English Culture and Documentary Filmmaking 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 in groups of 5-7 (which will be proposed in the Spring of 2015).

 

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, Churchill War Rooms, 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 journal documenting their learning experience, and they will also write an extensive research paper critically examining a piece of British culture, a historical event, or person.

 

Students will learn all aspects of documentary production from the pre-production process of intensive research and development of story ideas, scriptwriting, and networking to the technical aspects of filming, lighting, sound recording, digital editing, and graphics.  Students will be working with remote equipment that includes HD Cameras, audio and remote editing equipment.

The program requires enthusiasm to explore and research another culture providing students with a deeper, more complex understanding of British culture and history while exposing students to media practices; experience in media production is not a requirement.

 

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LONDON: Creative Entrepreneurship

Dialogue of Civilizations | London, England

Faculty Leader: Antonio Ocampo-Guzman (a.ocampo-guzman@neu.edu)
Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)
Term: Summer I
Courses: 
  • THTR 1127 Improvisation for EntrepreneursTHTR 1165 The Professional VoiceThe 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.

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 aspires to 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.


Multiple Locations: Politics and Culture in International and Comparative Perspectives

Dialogue of Civilizations | Tokyo, Japan

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

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses: POLS4937: Government and Politics - Learning Abroad

POLS 4938 International Politics - Learning Abroad

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.


PERU: Spanish Language and Peruvian Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Lima, Peru

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

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

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • SPNS 1302/2301/2302/3301/3302 Spanish Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad, NU Core humanities level 1

Description:

Spanish Language Immersion (SPNS 1302, 2301, 2302, 3301, 3302): This Spanish immersion program will take place in Lima, (the capital of Peru) and Cuzco. The course consists of 4 hours per day of instruction focusing on developing all the four language skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading), cultural visits museums, cathedrals, historical places in the city, etc.) and activities. The Spanish immersion program will offer intensive Spanish language training to solidify the students' knowledge of Spanish grammar and to 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, Ica and Cuzco have to offer using the Spanish language. Students will complete a service project (Air Force schools) in which they will help Peruvian high school students to practice speaking English and also explain the typical day in the life of a student at an American University. Students from Northeastern will participate in an immersion language program at the Private University UNIFE “Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazon” http://www.unife.edu.pe (Translation and Interpretation Academic Program- Translation/Interpretation and Communication Science School). Studentswill have language partners to share their own culture and to learn Peruvian culture. Students will experience life in Peru as a local Peruvian. Students will stay at Peruvian host families, learning the culture and using the Spanish language in everyday activities.

Peruvian and Hispanic Culture (CLTR 4944): This course will introduce students to the broad spectrum of Peruvian and Hispanic culture through different activities. This Spanish culture class is based on experience-based learning and practicing Spanish. Students will acquire a new understanding of the culture of Peru and the Hispanic World. Students will be immersing themselves in the language and cultural opportunities presented through the in-country immersion experience. About 50 % of the class will be lecture and theory. The remaining 50% will be interactive activities, student participation and visits to historic sites in Lima, Ica and Cuzco. Among the sites included is Machu Picchu (one of the Wonders of the World). This Peruvian and Hispanic Culture class will be held in 3 different cities of Peru: Lima, Ica and Cuzco.

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

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South Korea: K-Pop and Music Business

Dialogue of Civilizations | Seoul, Korea

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

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Courses:

  • MUSC2319 -  K-Pop and Music Business
  • CLTR4944 -  Korean Culture, NU Core humanities level 1

Description: The Korean Dialogue program consists of two courses: (1) “K-POP and Music Business and, (2) Korean Culture. The first course will focus on Korean pop music and the rapid development of its music business from 1970 to present.  Classes during the day will include discussions on the history of Korean pop music, major K-POP artists, and the effect of K-Pop in the music business.  Site visits later in the day will provide context for these works.  The course related excursions will include visits to the recording studios, going to K-POP concerts, and TV stations. The second course, Korean Culture will provide a through examination of the Korean culture - major historical events, comparison between the traditional and the modern way of lives, the growth of the economy, etc. This course will be supplemented by course related excursions such as visit to the DMZ, Bukchon Housing area, National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, etc.


Spain – Spanish Language and Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Seville, Spain

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

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Courses:

  • CLTR4944: Spanish Culture, NU Core humanities level 1
  •  SPNS 2301/2302/3301/3302: Spanish Language and directed study

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/dialogue.Sevilla

Description:

This program is designed to help students improve their language skills and to immerse themselves in the Spanish culture. Students will learn about the different aspects that make Spain such a unique country. During the program, we will stay in Seville for four weeks and one week in Barcelona. We will also visit some of the other nearby cities and towns during weekends, such as historical Granada.

Seville is the capital of the southern region of Andalucía and the third largest city in Spain. It is easy to get around the city and all of the major historical and culture sites and the student’s accommodations and school are within walking distance of each other. The program will be based in here and students will feel more like locals than tourists. Sevillanos (The people of Seville) are friendly and good humored. The climate is warm and sunny and the pace of life is very relaxed. Seville is a city that keeps alive the spirit of its traditions. Seville boasts a variety of modern and traditional architecture with an explosion of colors and sensations. Here, you will experience Flamenco dancing and music, horse shows, bullfighting, tapas and the traditional fiestas.

While in Seville, students will be taking language classes during the morning and followed by the traditional “siestas”, where people tend to relax and enjoy time with their families. This is usually followed 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 mainly in the afternoon. There will be different cultural events and activities organized, such as cooking lessons and Flamenco workshops.

Students will choose from several options to complete the Service Learning component of the Spanish culture course. These were the options for 2014 (please note that options will change for 2015). Students choose one option:

  1. Comedor Social San Vicente de Paul. Help at a soup kitchen managed by Hijas de la Caridad (http://hijascaridad.org).
  2. Banco de alimentos. Help with the collection and distribution of food donations. (http://www.bancodealimentosdesevilla.org).
  3. Cooperación International. Help with the distribution of clothes and food donations to families in need. (http://www.ciong.org).
  4. ONG Paz y Bien. Students work at an institution assisting people with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities. (http://www.pazbien.org).
  5. Centro de mayores. Students volunteer at an elderly assisted leaving home and participate in a variety of activities with the residents.
  6. Clases de apoyo. Assisting kids with their homework in an after school program.
  7. Clases de inglés. Students work as a teacher´s aid for English instruction.

The Spanish Culture course will deal with history, politics, social factors, cultural life and pop culture in Spain from 1936 to the present. It will cover the civil war (1936-1939) and the process of transition into 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 that period.

While in Spain we will visit Barcelona and Granada. Barcelona is the second biggest city in Spain and as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world; it does not need an introduction. 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 see the strong impact this has had in the city. 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.


Spain: Journalism and Photography in Spain

Dialogue of Civilizations | Madrid, Spain

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

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@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. The estimated number of students for this program is no fewer than 15, and no more than 20. All the student work – articles to be published in an online magazine – will be “workshopped” vigorously throughout the program, edited and then posted with visuals and media.


Spain: Religion in Spain – From Moorish Rule to Christian Pilgrimage (Honors) – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | , Spain

Faculty Leader: Prof. Elizabeth Bucar (e.bucar@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • HONR 3309 Honors Seminar Abroad - The Act of Pilgrimage
  • HONR 3309 Honors Seminar Abroad -  Islam and Spain

Description:

Why this DOC?

Much of what we think of as typically “Spanish” has its roots in the tension between Christianity and Islam that came to define Spain. The course provides first hand experiences of role of religion in Spain through two units. First we travel to southern Spain to an area that for centuries was a Muslim country ruled by the Moors and called al-Andalus. Granada, Seville, Cordoba, and Toledo provide a laboratory to explore how Spaniards and the Christian church have historically dealt with the challenges of religious and ethnic plurality. Second we head north to visit the a pilgrimage route the Catholic Church promoted as part of its efforts to push the Muslim Moors out of Spain: the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. For over 1000 years, people of faith have traveled this route, where legends tell us St. James is buried. We will spend two weeks as pilgrims, walking the last 150 miles of the route, and resting in towns that bear vivid material evidence of the popularity of this practice through their ecclesial art and architecture. This unit will allow the student to explore the significance of pilgrimage by performing the actions of a pilgrim

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USA: Inequality, Poverty and the Social Responsibility of Business (Honors) – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | , U.S.

Faculty Leader: Dennis Shaughnessy (d.shaughnessy@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • HONR1205    Inequality and Urban Poverty in the United States
  • HONR3310 The Social Responsibility of American Business in the 21st Century

Description:

This Program addresses the topic of growing economic inequality and poverty in the US, and the role that business can play in potentially reducing inequality and poverty.  Economic inequality in particular is among the most discussed topics in public policy today, particularly as it exists in large and thriving or once thriving cities.  The obligation of businesses to address inequality is certainly one of the most debated topics in the business community, and is all too often the subject of contentious debate.  It is therefore an exceptionally good time to examine the root causes of economic inequality in the US, and the potential that exists within the private sector to lessen its increasingly harsh and irreversible consequences on disadvantaged and vulnerable people and communities.

The material and approach is interdisciplinary, involving concepts and principles from business, economics, sociology and political science.  It is also experiential, with “field work” in five major cities—Boston, Detroit, San Francisco, New Orleans and New York City.