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Taj Mahal in India

2016-2017 Faculty-Led International Immersion Experiences (FLIIE) Award Recipients

Winterim 2017 Programs:

  • Ecuador, Culture and Development
  • Guatemala, Social and Environmental Justice
  • India, Globalization
  • India, Global Feminisms
  • Thailand, Hmong Studies

Summer 2017 Programs:

  • Argentina, Society, Culture and Economics
  • China, Globalization
  • England, Public History
  • Scotland, Special Education
  • Taiwan, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Holistic Nursing


Faculty/Staff: Jeff DeGrave
and Shanti Freitas
Program Dates: December 2016-January 2017 (3 weeks)
Abstract: This program allows students to experience first-hand the diverse geographies and cultures of Ecuador through exploring two geographical landscapes (the Andes Mountains and Amazon Jungle Basin). Students will learn about how global forces are impacting the local environment, how cultural diversity exists within a history of inequality and marginalization of indigenous ethnic groups, and how geography and culture maintain an inseparable relationship in this country.

Whitney Maine and Laura Suppes
Program Dates: December 2016-January 2017 (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.

Faculty/StaffGanga Vadhavkar (second faculty TBD)
Program Dates: December 2016-January 2017 (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.

Faculty/StaffAri Anand and Cathy Rex
Program Dates: December 2016-January 2017 (3 weeks)
Abstract: India has its own long and rich history of women's movements and feminist activism. By learning first-hand about gender issues facing their counterparts in both rural and urban India, UWEC students will increase their awareness of best feminist practices in specific cultural situations. UWEC students will take a course alongside Indian students from Miranda House College, University of Delhi, to learn about gender in relation to Indian law and public policy. In addition, all students will work together on field projects with local NGOs in nearby communities.

Faculty/Staff: Ka Vang, Joseph Orser and Crystal Vang
Program Dates: December 2016-January 2017 (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 study the relationship between Hmong Thai, Hill Tribes, and Thai society.

Faculty/Staff: Rose-Marie Avin and Robert Strong
Program Dates: May-June 2017 (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.  

Faculty/Staff: Brenda Thalacker (second faculty leader TBD)
Program Dates: May-June 2017 (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.

Faculty/Staff: John Mann and Louisa Rice
Program Dates: June-July 2017 (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.

Faculty/Staff: Rose Battalio, Art Brandt, and Barb Meier
Program Dates: May-July 2017 (6 weeks)
Abstract: This 6-week summer program begins with two weeks living with host families while observing special education schools/classrooms, which provides students with 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.

Faculty/Staff: Der-Fa Lu
Program Dates: June-July 2017 (3 weeks)

Abstract: This immersion experience allows senior nursing students to learn about and demonstrate an understanding of principles of traditinoal Chinese medicine, observe integrative medicine practice in different clinical settings within an acute care hospital, observe practice at a holistic and alternative birthing center, and learn about holistic nursing at a catholic hospital in rural Taiwan.