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Travel a highlight of Interdiscipinary Studies (IS) courses

Students are learning through traveling as VisCom Professors embrace Avila’s mission to educate students for lifelong contributions to the global community.   Using locations as diverse as Chicago, Washington, D.C., Montreal, Guatemala and South Korea our professors are exploring a variety of important topics.

Eric Winter, assistant professor of graphic design, travels to Washington, D.C. in his interdisciplinary Art of War course to explore the intersection of architecture and political rhetoric. “The experience in D.C. challenges our students to look beyond the obvious, to identify the persuasive messages present in something so innocent as stone and statues,” Winter says. http://artofwarcourse.blogspot.com

For Nicole Esquibel, assistant professor of film, Guatemala is an ideal setting to study issues of violence and global conflict.  “Students examine the long-lasting effects that genocide and violence have across multiple cultures and engage with a community of people healing from the challenges of a generational Civil War. Students participate in a one-on-one experience with host families and opportunities for service learning and community engagement, “ Esquibel says.  http://is358.wordpress.com/guatemala/

Susan Lawlor, Chair of Art + Design, and Dotty Hamilton, professor and Dean, have taken their Urban Culture course to both Chicago and Montreal to explore the intersection of art, architecture, theatre and music in urban settings.  “Students explore the cultural sites that give cities their character and quality,” explains Lawlor.  Check out the course blog here: http://urbanculturecourse.blogspot.com

Winter and Hamilton travel to South Korea with their award-winning Food & Culture course, using food as a lens to learn about other cultures and important global issues.  “Food is used to communicate messages about status, gender, ethnicity, and religion, as well as being integral to many of the world’s most important problems from hunger to obesity. Students will experience cultural diversity as they learn about Korean food, customs and manners,” Hamilton says. http://foodandculturecoure.blogspot.com

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