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Wintersession 2018

Wintersession destination courses are recipients of University grants, most often the Global Experiential Learning and Teaching (GELT) grant. As such, the cost of participating in a destination course is the same as on-campus and online courses. Essential travel costs (flights, accommodations, most meals, health insurance for international locations, site tickets) are grant-funded. Destination courses are capped at a maximum of 12 students.

Dates reflect when students should plan to be on campus or traveling with their class. Pre-class or post-class work may be required at the instructor's discretion. 

AMST 1906I - Decolonizing Museums: Collecting Indigenous Culture in Taiwan and North America
American Studies
Professor: Caroline Frank
Location: Taiwan
Max Students: 12
Dates: January 2 - January 19, 2018 (Travel Dates: January 6-16) 
Description: This course is a comparative examination of ethnographic collections in Taiwan and North America.  Academic institutions in both the Republic of China and North America house aging collections of indigenous objects, accumulated during periods of colonization and under the rubric of the emerging discipline of Anthropology and Ethnology.  In hands-on and virtual examinations of museum collections, nearby and across the Pacific, students follow ethnographic artifacts from useful circulation to glass cabinets to indigenous cultural heritage sites. Students explore collecting and representation strategies of “ethnic” objects in relation to colonialism, decolonization, ethnic politics, and nationalism.
This course is by application only, due November 1, 2017. Apply here.



BIOL 1980 - HIV/AIDS in Diverse Settings: Focus on Israel
Professor: Rami Kantor
Location: Israel
Max Students: 12
Dates: January 2 - January 19, 2018 (Travel Dates: January 4-14)
Description: Participants in this winter session course will explore HIV/AIDS within the context of Israel’s diverse society, unique demographics and universal healthcare. While in Israel, students will visit clinics, hospitals, and universities, and engage with health care providers, experts in the field and populations with HIV. By the end of the course students will gain research skills and an understanding of this pandemic, its management and challenges in Israel, and how this important disease is modulated through risk factors, healthcare systems, medical innovations, and socio-economic factors. There is no need for prior experience in any associated discipline or any knowledge of Hebrew.
View the course syllabus.
This course is by application only, due November 1, 2017. Apply here.

HIAA 1191 - Living and Material Landscapes of the African Diaspora
Professor: Itohan Osayimwese
Location: Barbados
Max Students: 12
Dates: January 2 - January 19, 2018 (Travel Dates: January 5-16)
Description: Designed to be interdisciplinary, this course will incorporate historical, archaeological, architectural, and anthropological perspectives in order to critically investigate the living legacies of the sugar and slavery colonial system. Visits to historic and cultural sites around the island will challenge students to think about heritage practices, postcolonial development, and diasporic cultures. Through a partnership with the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, students will have the opportunity to visit heritage sites, analyze material culture from archaeological sites, and assess architectural preservation efforts with a critical eye towards the ways in which the afterlives of sugar and slavery make themselves present on the island landscape.
This course is by application only, due November 1, 2017. Apply here.