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Seven continents

July 8, 2008

Spanning the globe during J-Term 2008

In January more than 400 students were sojourners in 21 countries across the globe as once again PLU classes convened on all seven continents.

Journey to the End of the Earth
From the great South American city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to the tip of the continent in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, students explored some of the grandest scenery in the world. Patagonia served as a jumping-off point for 11 days in Antarctica – all this is in the context of studying natural history and conservation issues.

Cosmopolitanism: Citizenship in a Globalizing World
Students and faculty together conducted an investigation of the impact of globalization upon two major world cities, Sao Paolo, Brazil, the largest city in Latin America, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, arguably the most cosmopolitan city in South America. And, they investigated the concept of cosmopolitanism from a philosophical perspective and its appropriation by thinkers in Brazil and Argentina.

Peace Journalism: A Foreign Perspective
As an alternative approach in the reporting of war and other conflicts, peace journalism is the theory of expanding coverage of war beyond the principal combatants, including nonviolent options for resolving such conflicts. PLU students studied the concepts of peace journalism in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with journalists who have covered conflicts in places such as Lebanon, Afghanistan and Egypt.

French Language and Caribbean Culture
On the Caribbean island of Martinique, students indulged in the rhythm and energy of the French Creole cultures. The island, with its bustling, stylish city of Fort-de-France, is a part of France and the European Union. The Université des Antilles is located on the island, where PLU students immersed themselves in the study of Caribbean culture.

Makah Culture, Past and Present
Working with members of the Makah Tribe at Neah Bay, Wash., students focused on traditional and contemporary tribal culture. Understanding of this community is learned through traditional stories told by a Makah elder, working with local artists and cooks, helped prepare local foods, or even a hike in the rain forest and on the beach.

Tramping the Tracks
New Zealand, with its ancient volcano craters, glacial mountain lakes and along sandy ocean beaches, is home to some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Students will developed their global awareness by learning about the society, culture, history, politics and environmental concerns of this island nation.

Social Psychology of Ghosts and Hauntings
As one of Great Britain’s most haunted cities, Edinburgh, Scotland, is an ideal place to apply social psychological principles to paranormal occurrences. Through knowledge of social psychological concepts and theories, PLU students constructed accounts for the seemingly “unexplainable” at places such as Edinburgh Castle, Coventanter’s Prison and, of course, join the search for the Loch Ness Monster.

The Discovery of Self
Tanzania is a land of many wonders – Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and the island of Zanzibar with its labyrinth of narrow, winding streets lined with exotic shops, bazaars, colonial mansions, mosques and squares. From the great heights of Kilimanjaro to the streets of Zanzibar, students documented their discoveries through journal writing and video.