W'International Destinations and Descriptions

W’Internationals 2014-15

Fall 2014

1.  Dublin, Ireland:  Emerald Isle: Understanding Irish Culture -- Dr. John Blizzard

The Republic of Ireland is a source of fascination for many Americans, and about 12% of the U.S. population can even trace their ancestry to the Emerald Isle. Elements of the folk music of Ireland can be heard throughout this region of the country as well, especially in Appalachian bluegrass, and tracing this music’s roots will be enlightening for the student traveler, giving a much greater appreciation for the music and insight into why the music sounds the way it does. Additionally, students will gain greater understanding of the popularity of contemporary music in Ireland, as well as that of Irish traditional music on a global scale. In this course students will learn more of what makes Ireland tick, what is important to its people, what they hold most sacred, and how these values came to be. Come to Ireland and experience Irish culture for yourself. “La brea ata ann!” “It’s a lovely day” – to discover Ireland!  Dec. 31 – Jan. 9

2. London: Ghosts of Fleet Street: News Media Past & Present in London and the U.K. -- Dr. Keith Cannon

The BBC and the legendary British tabloid newspapers are familiar to news media consumers all over the world. And for more than 200 years, the term “Fleet Street” was synonymous with British journalism, symbolizing both thoughtful and aggressive reporting. Sadly, the newspapers have left Fleet Street, but the news media in London still give the rest of the world a window on English life and culture. This course will give an overview of the past, present and future of Great Britain’s news media and its role in that country’s development into a world power.  Dec. 31 – Jan. 9

3. Spain: Glorious Art, Architecture, Culture. A Colorful Blend, Like No Other -- Dr. Marilyn Hartness

This W’International program will travel to Spain to see the country’s beautiful architecture, art work, creative designs and diverse culture. In the classroom we will prepare ourselves to see beauty in Madrid and in Barcelona while learning Spain’s history, from the time of the Roman occupation to the fall of the Roman Empire. Any traveler’s trek around Madrid and Barcelona involves seeing a combination of the old and the new in designs of buildings, public spaces, bridges, statues, roads, and cathedrals. Spain has taken great efforts to protect and restore its unique and priceless heritage, and we will visit museums and parks (Picasso to Gaudi), as well as national landmarks. We will also sample delicious Spanish tapas and experience a powerful flamenco performance.  Come to Spain and experience art in all its magnificent forms.  Jan. 1 – Jan. 10

Spring 2015

1. Turkey: Crossroads of Civilizations: Commerce & Culture in Istanbul and Beyond -- Dr. Peter Frank

In this course students will study the rich history, culture, and economic importance of the extraordinary city, Istanbul, and region of western Turkey. We will begin by examining the importance of the region in the classical Greek and later Roman period leading to the rise of the Ottoman Empire into the modern Turkish Republic. This historic journey will include reading and discussion on the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity, the Byzantine Empire, the Mongols and the Ottomans and the spread of Islam, and the formation of Turkey following the First World War Finally, students will delve into the economic significance of this part of the world as it is tied to the Bosphorus which represents one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and has contributed to the battle for strategic control of Constantinople and now Istanbul. Join me as we embark on this exciting journey together.

2. Italy: An American Experience -- Dr. Casey Pratt

Since America’s founding, traveling to Italy has been a favorite national pastime. Long before America became the world’s major cultural and economic powerhouse, the city-state of Florence—itself a center of artistic innovation and financial power—was the engine at the center of a cultural Renaissance that spread across Europe.  Students will see firsthand Florence’s soaring architecture and legendary art galleries, but it has always been Rome that resonates mostly deeply with traveling Americans.  To get a sense of America’s long fascination with Italy, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The Marble Faun, will be for this course what it was for so many Americans in the 19th century: a travel-guide.  Following Hawthorne’s unforgettable characters, we will visit the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Appian Way, Vatican City, and even the Tuscan village of Siena. In Rome, students will visit the Galleria Barberini, which houses the famous portrait of Beatrice Cenci that inspired Hawthorne in The Marble Faun. There will be history, beauty, and of course—such food! 

3. London: Shakespeare in Print, Paintings, and Performance -- Dr. Allison Lenhardt

This course is designed to develop students’ understanding of Shakespeare’s plays and the many ways in which his works have been adapted for performance, film, and art. Students will study and view performances of plays from various genres and examine the different interpretations that Shakespeare, and his works have undergone over the years. Students will learn about different directors’ styles, film and stage techniques, theater and cinema history, and the changing film and theater industries. The class will also introduce students to paintings by William Blake and etchings by Henry Fuseli, among other artwork, as artists’ interpretations of Shakespeare’s plays are also important in inspiring students to appreciate how Shakespeare has influenced generations of readers. We will also examine the cultural, historical, political, and social changes that influenced Shakespeare’s writing as well as critics’ and artists’ responses to his work. The W’International trip to London, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Oxford will be the culmination of these various learning experiences, as we will visit art museums, cathedrals, libraries, historic landmarks, and performance venues to discover and celebrate how the Bard and his plays remain an active part of England’s culture. 


4. Korea: The Soul of Seoul: Shamanism & Buddhism in the Age of Globalization -- Dr. Edwin Bagley

South Korea is an industrialized, urbanized society in which educational and business institutions compete successfully on a global scale. The capital city of Seoul has one of the largest metropolitan populations in the world and is noted for its infrastructure of high-speed communication and transportation. Typical of contemporary globalized cultures, many Koreans do not self-identify as adherents of any religious organization, but throughout the country, shamanistic religions and Confucian traditions are popular, even within Buddhist and Christian families. Our class will focus on shamanism and Buddhism, visiting temples and monasteries in Korea, as well as the old palaces of the monarchs that have been preserved in Seoul.


*All seminars have a class fee of $900 except for South Korea, which has a $250 fee. International health insurance at $26 will also be added to your account for participation. More information about eligibility, classroom locations, the camp out process and other international opportunities can be found at www.wingate.edu/academics/international. You may also contact the individual professors about their courses or Jennifer Armentrout, Director of International Studies at 704-233-8034.