FeaturedSpring Break 2017

Alt-Spring Break in China

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Course Fee/Price: $500 (includes scholarship and airfare)
Professors: Multiple professors (see description)
Dates: March 11th-19th, 2017
Lib Ed: Multiple (see description)

SPACE IS LIMITED! Apply now. For more information, visit the Office of International Programs.

Join multiple faculty members for a once-in-a-lifetime trip this Spring Break. With co-funding from the Luce Foundation and The Hubert Perry Study Abroad Fund, Whittier is supporting a premiere interdisciplinary environmental studies experience in China this spring.

This course is organized around two literary events focusing on literature and the environment, one in Beijing and one in the city of Dali, Yunnan Province, and a number of other activities related to the research interests of participating faculty. Students on the trip must ultimately prepare a presentation to take place at the URSCA Conference (the Undergraduate Research conference that takes place each spring at Whittier College). This can be anything from a piece of journalism to a short story or poems written about the experience, a visual art presentation, or an interpretive analysis of evidence gathered and what was learned on the trip.

In this course, students will

  • Be involved in a multi-faceted learning setting that integrates an alternate Spring Break trip to China, and work with faculty and students from various constituencies across campus.
  • Learn about the complexities of China’s environmental situation from a variety of perspectives stemming from on-site activities in China itself, in Beijing and Dali in particular.
  • Develop materials for public research presentation at Whittier College’s Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) 2017; selected students will be able to present instead at the AsiaNetwork Annual Conference 2017 in Chicago.
  • Be active participants in the college’s Luce Foundation grant activities, which focus on Asia and the Environment

Students interested in the course must write a short paragraph indicating why they wish to take the course, and then submit it through the OIP application website by Nov 4th. Notice of acceptance will be announced on Nov. 11th, and an application fee of $150 will be due within the week of acceptance. Enrollment in the course is by permission only. Students may take the course for 1 or 0 credits.

Hostel in Shangri-La
Hostel in Shangri-La

An array of faculty working on environmental issues, literature, language and the arts, religion, and history will accompany students on the trip.  Students can expect an interdisciplinary and comprehensive learning experience that starts in their spring semester classes and continues through the semester. Students who go to China have the choice to enroll in a variety of  spring-semester courses: Ecopoetry, Ecological Journalism, as well as courses in History, Religious Studies and Film.

The course is organized around two literary events focusing on literature and the environment, one in Beijing and one in the city of Dali, Yunnan Province, and a number of other activities related to the research interests of participating faculty. Students on the trip must ultimately prepare a presentation to take place at the URSCA Conference (the Undergraduate Research conference that takes place each spring at Whittier College). This can be anything from a piece of journalism to a short story or poems written about the experience, a visual art presentation, or an interpretive analysis of evidence gathered and what was learned.

For those who will write literary works,  students will have a chance to be published in national and international magazines and even, potentially, to be translated into Chinese.
With their travel sponsored by the Luce Foundation, a cohort of faculty will participate in the conference with students and help tie multiple academic fields into a coherent interdisciplinary experience.

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