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Taj Mahal in India

2014-2015 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 2014.

STUDYING MULTIMEDIA/MULTICULTURAL JOURNALISM, FRENCH, AND SOCIOLOGY IN FRANCE
Faculty/Staff: Michael Dorsher
Program Dates: July 2014 (4 weeks)
Abstract: UW-Eau Claire students will partner with undergraduates from around North America to practice multimedia journalism and French for one month. Through enrollment in the ieiMedia Nice Program, students will be taught how to find and interview people who work behind the scenes on the Riviera and how to tell their stories using social, mobile, and multimedia. This four-week program includes homestays with French families, weekend excursions around the region, and a visit to report on the Nice Jazz Festival. Students will produce 2-3 multimedia stories to display their abilities to effectively communicate linguistically and culturally – and to examine the power relationships on the French/Italian/English/U.S.-influenced Riviera.

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INDIA AND GLOBAL FEMINISMS
Faculty/Staff: Asha Sen and Theresa Kemp
Program Dates: January 2015 (3 weeks)
Abstract: India has its own long and rich history of women's movements and feminist activism. Partnering with Women's Studies students and faculty at India's premier women's college, Miranda House (University of Delhi), students in this 3-week immersion program will learn about gender issues in the context of Indian higher education and local non-profit social justice organizations. By learning first-hand about gender issues facing their counterparts in both rural and urban India, UW-Eau Claire students will increase their awareness of best feminist practices in specific cultural situations.

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SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE EXPERIENCE TO GUATEMALA
Faculty/Staff: Karen Mumford and Charissa Jakusz
Program Dates: January 2015 (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: January 2015 (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 AND INDIA
Faculty/Staff: Dawna Drum
Program Dates: January 2015 (3 weeks)
Abstract: This program through the College of Business includes exploring the Indian cities of New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. The program 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.

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INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN CHINA
Faculty/Staff: Thomas Sulzer
Program Dates: May-June 2015 (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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WOMEN'S LIVES AND EXPERIENCES IN NICARAGUA
Faculty/Staff: Rose-Marie Avin and Meghan Mehlos
Program Dates: June 2015 (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 struggle to claim their place in the development of their country while promoting freedoms and sexual diversity. Students will meet 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 field trips and cultural experiences, which include visits to women's cooperatives, a flower farm, women's centers, and health care centers.

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PUBLIC HISTORY IN ENGLAND
Faculty/Staff: Kate Lang and John Mann
Program Dates: June-July 2015 (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.

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SPORTS SCIENCES AND KINESIOLOGY IN JAPAN
Faculty/Staff: Saori Braun and Matt Wiggins
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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