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Taj Mahal in India

2015-2016 Faculty-Led International Immersion Experiences (FLIIE) Award Recipients

Click on program title to be taken to the CIE website for each program, if available. Programs below listed in chronological order, starting in July 2015.

SPECIAL EDUCATION IN SCOTLAND
Faculty/Staff: Rose Battalio and Art Brandt
Program Dates: May-July 2015 (6 weeks)
Abstract: This 6-week summer program offers the chance to spend two weeks living with Scottish school personnel while observing their hosts' special education school/classroom. This experience provides a look at both the culture of Scottish families and the framework of the national education system. The next three weeks consist of a course at the University of Aberdeen about Emotional Behavior Disabilities, and the final week focuses on cultural activities in the Scottish Highlands.

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SPORTS SCIENCES AND KINESIOLOGY IN JAPAN
Faculty/Staff: Saori Braun and Yoonsin Oh
Program Dates: July 2015 (2 weeks)
Abstract: The goal of this program is to allow opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the Japanese culture as well as other cultures outside of the United States by attending the program offered by the University of Tsukuba called "Tsukuba Summer Institute." This one week institute brings in students who are majoring or minoring in the Kinesiology discipline from overseas. The program will include attending workshops taught in Japanese and English on topics related to health and sports sciences, participating in Japanese traditional sports, and interacting with the campus community through evening social activities. During the second week, students will visit Tokyo to further their understanding of Japanese culture and visit the site of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

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HMONG STUDIES IN THAILAND
Faculty/Staff: Ka Vang and Joseph Orser
Program Dates: Winterim 2016 (3 weeks)
Abstract: This immersion will allow students to learn about the Hmong living in Thailand from a variety of different perspectives. Thailand has the fourth largest population of Hmong in the world, and students travel to several provinces in the country -- Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phetchabun -- to connect the experiences of the Hmong people in Thailand to those living in the United States. Students will observe and participate in everyday life in Hmong villages, discuss contemporary issues with locals, and observe a process of cultural production in which Thai Hmong are active in creating representations of Hmong culture for distribution and consumption globally.

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SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE EXPERIENCE TO GUATEMALA
Faculty/Staff: Karen Mumford and Whitney Maine
Program Dates: Winterim 2016 (2 weeks)
Abstract: This international immersion experience to Guatemala will provide students the opportunity to study and engage in social and environmental justice and sustainability initiatives within the context of Latin America. Students will experience an intensive immersion experience in a developing country where they will work in solidarity with the Guatemalan people to exchange ideas about equality, sustainability, and development in a different culture. Through this interaction, students will observe issues of equity and justice associated with the distribution of resources, local and national governance, and power in Guatemala.

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TRANSNATIONALISM IN JAMAICAN CULTURE
Faculty/Staff: Carey Applegate and Cathy Rex
Program Dates: Winterim 2016 (3 weeks)
Abstract: This course will explore transnationalism as it plays out in Jamaican educational settings, Jamaican history, its tourism industry, and its historical and contemporary music cultures. Students will visit Montego Bay and Kingston, as well as areas outside of the two cities, and explore various sites of cultural production. While staying in Montego Bay, students will take excursions into rural Jamaica to visit farms, Maroon colonies (communities of historical freed slave settlements), Rastafarian communities, and historical mansions. Students will also explore tensions within Montego Bay itself, and how it is constructed as "local" and "authentic," but also as a mediated site for tourism. While in Kingston, students will visit sites of cultural production and situate contemporary constructions of Jamaican culture and identities within frameworks of transnationalism.

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GLOBALIZATION IN INDIA
Faculty/StaffAnn Rupnow
Program Dates: Winterim 2016 (3 weeks)
Abstract: This program through the College of Business includes exploring the Indian cities of New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. The course will cover topics related to business, economy, politics, society, religion, history, and culture in India.  Students will spend two weeks at Shri Ram College of Commerce in New Delhi, and have lectures and business visits related to globalization, international business, and commerce. Students will have a chance to interact with Indian students and visit local cultural sites in New Delhi. A weekend excursion to the Taj Mahal and other cultural sites is included to explore the diversity within Indian culture.

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WOMEN'S LIVES AND EXPERIENCES IN NICARAGUA
Faculty/Staff: Analisa DeGrave and Meghan Mehlos
Program Dates: Winterim 2016 (3 weeks)
Abstract: The objective of this program is to give students an understanding of the struggle for women's rights in Nicaragua. Students will develop an understanding of women's struggles to claim their place in the development of their country while promoting freedoms and sexual diversity. Students will meet urban and rural women who had and continue to have important roles in Nicaraguan history, the revolution, the economy, and social movements. Central to the program is a focused analysis of the intersections of gender, race, and class within a uniquely complex socioeconomic environment. Students will live with host families and interact with the local community through various presentations, field trips, and cultural experiences, which include visits to women's cooperatives, women's centers, and one health care center.

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GLOBALIZATION IN CHINA
Faculty/Staff: DeeAnne Peterson-Meyer
Program Dates: May-June 2016 (3 weeks)
Abstract: Students participate in 15 hours of pre-travel instruction on Chinese culture, history, business, social structure, economy, transportation, and food. During the travel to China, UW-Eau Claire students will partner with students from Jinan University while they attend classes and work on projects together. This partner school provides a rich curriculum of classes and cultural experiences, and UW-Eau Claire students develop friendships with peers and experience college life in China. Students also have business site visits in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong to learn about how Chinese businesses operate in the global market.

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PUBLIC HISTORY IN ENGLAND
Faculty/Staff: Kate Lang and John Mann
Program Dates: June-July 2016 (4 weeks)
Abstract: UW-Eau Claire has a long-standing relationship with Harlaxton College in which we send both students and faculty to study and teach in England. Harlaxton Manor, where these faculty and students live and learn, is also a historic structure that presents challenges in terms of preservation and use. During this course, which begins and ends at Harlaxton College, students will work with English experts to study how history is preserved and interpreted in England in manor houses, workhouses, cathedrals, castles, museums, public parks, and historic neighborhoods. They will be asked to consider whose history is told, and whose is forgotten, as they explore issues of memory, race, and class. In addition to time at Harlaxton, students will also travel to London, Liverpool, and York.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Faculty/StaffCathy Thorsen
Program Dates: June 7-July 1, 2016
Abstract: This 6-week immersion experience will promote a broader understanding of the early childhood profession through interaction within a different social, educational, and economic environment. Students will volunteer at an English immersion primary school in Prague, to critically analyze and reflect upon behaviors and attitudes related to teaching children from diverse linguistic ability, socioeconomic and culture backgrounds. Students will live in homestays with local families to become immersed in Czech culture. Students will also have the opportunity to travel on excursions to Germany, Austria, and Poland.

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CULTURE, SOCIETY AND ECONOMICS IN ARGENTINA
Faculty/Staff: Rose-Marie Avin and Elena Izaksonas
Program Dates: May-June 2016 (3 weeks)
AbstractThis immersion will provide students with an introduction to contemporary Argentina and its role in the global economy. During the fall preparation course, students will gain a foundation of knowledge through lectures, videos and discussions. The in-country portion will take place in Mendoza, Argentina where students will live with local host families. The course will include lectures from local Argentinian faculty in English, field trips to various sites within Mendoza, and excursions to nearby cultural sites in the area to explore the culture, history and economy of the region.  

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