Winter Term

The perfect opportunity to go abroad for the first time

Our students travel across the globe every Winter Term. We hope you’ll be one of them!

Get a taste of Winter Term with these 2018 class tumblrs!

2019 Programs

To participate in these trips, complete an application and fill out the certification. You’ll also need to get your passport and pay a deposit. Scholarships are available. We help you through this application processApplication begins on Monday, September 3, 2018 and closes on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Fulfills the Arts Academic Area requirement:

WTI – 1A Art and Architecture in Ancient Greece

Professor Nathan Andersen

The art and architecture of Ancient Greece has stood the test of time as perhaps the clearest example of the enduring aesthetic ideal of beauty. We will consider this ideal and its influence on philosophy and aesthetics, beginning by reading what the Ancient Greeks themselves had to say about the importance of art. We will travel to Greece to examine firsthand, on site and in museums, many of the most famous works of art and architecture from Ancient Greek, Hellenistic, and Byzantine cultures. We will visit Athens and the Acropolis and Parthenon, the islands of Aegina and of Crete, the Temple of Poseidon, Mycenae, Olympia, Ossios Lucas, Vergina, Knossos, Sparta, Delphi, and many more sites. Evaluations based on participation, blogging, and presentations.

Approximate Cost: $7,850

WTI - 2A Broadway and Beyond

Professor Jessica Thonen

Take your bite out of the big apple as we explore the current and historical aspects of New York City’s rich cultural life and how those influences, combine to create some of the best that contemporary theatre has to offer: Broadway musicals, Off-broadway performances, and off-off broadway experimental pieces. The emphasis will be on attending performances on Broadway and Off-Broadway as well as going backstage. In addition, we will delve into the city, which so strongly influences the development of those productions by exploring vintage costume collections, discussing theatre with Broadway stagehands and directors, visiting important landmarks, and challenging our own artistic eyes along the way. The program will begin on campus as we attempt to answer, “What is theatre today?” by considering both what modern history has seen on stage as well as what is currently being performed. The group will then travel to New York for ten days where, participants will explore various attractions that compose the New York identity.

Approximate Cost: $3,550
Fulfills the Environmental Perspective:

WTI – 1E Service Learning in Costa Rica

Chaplain Doug McMahon

When we arrive at the little village of Punta Banco on the edge of the rainforest, we will begin a rigorous 20-minute walk up a steep mountain and look out at the Pacific Ocean from the Yoga Farm. In this beautiful setting, we will learn about a more sustainable way of life through permaculture based design and land use. During the course, we gain an intimate understanding of this rural region of Costa Rica, regarded as one of the most biologically diverse places in the world. In this environment, we can expect to see an abundance of wildlife, learn to harvest both rainwater and natural spring water on site, work in organic gardens, eat from fruit trees, and live in buildings built with natural materials in an architecture that eliminates separation for the natural beauty around us.  We will walk through areas that were cleared for cattle lands in recent decades learning about reforestation efforts in this portion of the Costa Rican rainforest. Finally, we will visit nearby neighbors who live and work at the Conte Burica Indigenous Reserve and complete service learning projects at a local one-room school house nestled within the rainforest.

Fulfills the RSL requirement.

Approximate Cost: $4,300

WTI – 2E Geology, History, and Culture of Cuba

Professor David Hastings

Although Cuba is only 90 miles from south Florida, it is completely different from a cultural, political, and environmental perspective.  Cuba offers a wide variety of tropical terrestrial and marine environments and this course will explore all of these as well as how the Cuban culture has adapted to modern life while preserving their traditions and environment. We will spend approximately two weeks touring Cuba, including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (La Habana Vieja, the Vinales valley with the spectacular mogote rock formations , and the city of Trinidad). We will also explore the extensive coastal environments of the Zapata peninsula and the cultural/political aspects associated with the Bay of Pigs while staying in Playa Larga. While in Havana we will explore the association Cuba has with Ernest Hemingway where he wrote his most famous novels. Just west of Havana we will visit the fishing village of Cojimar, the setting for his famous novel, The Old Man and the Sea. Concluding with visits to the National Natural History Museum, and the National Fine Arts Museum to round out the environmental and culture components of this fascinating country.

This will be an active trip that may, at times, be physically demanding, including hiking and snorkeling.

Students will be graded using the following criteria.

  1.      Reading the assigned materials
  2.      Keeping a research journal
  3.      An individual research paper on a particular aspect of Cuban culture and/or the environment.
  4.      An exam based on readings and activities
  5.      Participation.
Approximate Cost: $3,700

WTI – 3E Marine Science Research in Cuba: Guanahacabibes

Professor Bill Szelistowski and Professor Jorge Angulo-Valdes

Cuba’s marine environment is considered to be among the most pristine in the entire Caribbean. In light of the rapid changes currently underway in the Cuban economy and political situation, scientists are working to better understand Cuba’s unique marine ecology, with the aim of providing scientific information to best manage and protect the country’s marine resources. This project will investigate current scientific research in Cuban waters. While in Cuba, students will work side by side with students and staff from the University of Havana’s Center for Marine Research (CIM), learning about CIM’s activities, and assisting with some of its current research. Course topics may include marine reserves, tarpon biology, sea turtle conservation, coral reef restoration, reef fish communities, shark population assessment, and lionfish impacts, among others. Following on-campus preparation and study, we will be hosted by the Guanahacabibes National Park in the SW corner of the country, where we will study current research and conservation efforts in the area. We will then visit the Bay of Pigs on the southern coast of Cuba, where we will see the status of the coastal environment and its use in ecotourism and aquaculture. In addition, students will explore Cuban culture, including home stays at both field sites, and visits to areas of historical importance in and outside of Havana. Good swimming and snorkeling ability required. SCUBA certification strongly recommended. Students need to bring snorkeling gear and wetsuit; SCUBA gear is provided on- site in Cuba. Environmental perspective.

Approximate Cost: $3,700

WTI – 4E Belize: Tropical Ethnobotany

Professor Jessie Fly/Professor Liza Conrad

Ethnobotany, the study of the relationship between people and plants, is an exciting collaboration between biology and anthropology. Ethnobotanists ask such questions as: How do people name the plants in their environments and what do those names tell us about the cultural importance of the plants? What kinds of plants do people use for food, income, medicine, art, recreation, etc.? What special environmental knowledge helps to protect local ecosystems? We will explore these questions and more in the tropical rain forests of Belize. We will first travel to western Belize and stay on the grounds of the Belize Botanic Gardens to get an orientation to tropical plant taxonomy and ecology. We will then cross the border into Guatemala, where we will contemplate the relationship between past and present plant use in Tikal National Park, one of the largest archaeological sites of pre-Columbian Maya society. The course will culminate in a stay at the Blue Creek Rainforest Preserve, where students will have opportunities to explore plant knowledge and use in a contemporary Maya community.

Approximate Cost: $4,950

WTI – 5E London Green Initatives

Professor Joel Thompson

From an environmental perspective this course will trace the development of London in the context of ‘urban ecology’ and sustainability. With an understanding of natural ecosystems we will look at the functioning of the city through time in response to natural and man-made changes. Focusing on development, green spaces, landscape and urban planning, students will investigate the current paradigms of ‘green’ consumerism, carbon footprints, and European models of sustainability used to reduce the ecological footprint of London. Beginning with the Museum of London students will also get to experience the culture and history of one of the most vibrant and complex cities on earth. These learning objectives will be approached in the following ways:

1. Reading the assigned articles provided prior to departure.
2. A group research project upon arrival in London.
3. An Individual research paper on a particular aspect on London’s green initiatives or designing your own sustainable community.
4. Participation

Costs DO NOT include airfare, round trip transport from the airport to the London Study Centre, personal expenses and entertainment not within the program design.

Students should plan to arrive in London on Thursday, January 3, 2019 and to depart on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

Approximate Cost: $4,000 plus Cost of Airfare

WTI – 6E Natural History of the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador

Professor David Duncan

This course presents a unique opportunity to explore and study one of the most geologically and biologically diverse regions in the world.  While in Ecuador, you will learn about the amazing geology and ecology of the Andes Mountains, the Galapagos Islands, tropical rain forests, and cloud forests. Additionally, you will broadly study the natural history and biodiversity of Ecuador.  Participants must be in excellent physical condition, as you will hike through mountainous and varied terrain, spend a week exploring the Galapagos Islands by land and by sea, and camp in the Amazon Rain Forest.  

Pre-departure classes, readings, and activities will prepare you for the study-abroad portion of the course.  Evaluation will be based on participation, examinations, and a final project.

Approximate Cost: $6,900

WTI – 7E Tropical Marine Environments: Roatán, Honduras

Professor Brian Zielinski and Professor Evan Bollier

This course is designed to familiarize you with diverse environments of Roatán, Honduras, and to provide you with an appreciation of the complex, interdisciplinary nature of this fragile environment. The course will examine the integrated tropical ecosystems including coral reefs, sea grasses, mangroves, and rocky intertidal zones. The geological component will examine carbonate systems particularly as related to the unique geological features, and the role tropical shallow-water ecosystems play in the geological development of the region. This environment is an optimum site in which to see firsthand the interaction of geologic and biologic processes operating to produce this unique environment while requiring only a basic scientific understanding.

This course format will include preparatory lectures on campus, a field program at the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences, and a multi-night visit to historic Mayan ruins. The field portion will require, at times, long periods on and in the water while making observations.  Consequently good swimming skills and snorkeling abilities are required.  SCUBA certification is not required, but is recommended.  Non-divers are welcome. A significant portion of this program will also be dedicated to examining the Roatán culture and how the population interacts with the environment. Evaluation will be based on class participation, performance on projects and presentations and examinations.

Approximate Cost: $3,825

WTI – 8E Marine Science Research in Cuba: Gardens of the Queen

Professor Peter Simard

Cuba’s marine environment is considered to be among the most pristine in the entire Caribbean. In light of the rapid changes currently underway in the Cuban economy and political situation, scientists are working to better understand Cuba’s unique marine ecology, with the aim of providing scientific information to best manage and protect the country’s marine resources. This project will investigate current scientific research in Cuban waters, focusing heavily on coral reef ecology. Topics may include recent advances in marine reserve effectiveness, reef fish populations, shark biology, lionfish impacts, goliath grouper conservation, benthic reef structure, and the causes of reef degradation, among others. Following on-campus preparation and study, we will fly to Cuba and board a boat for a week of exploration of the Gardens of the Queen Archipelago, the largest marine protected area in the Caribbean, famous for its unusually high densities of sharks and large predatory fishes. We will also visit the Bay of Pigs on the southern coast of Cuba, staying with local families, where we will see the status of the coastal environment and its use in ecotourism and aquaculture. In addition, students will explore Cuban culture, including visits to sites of historical importance in and outside of Havana. Good swimming and snorkeling ability required. SCUBA certification strongly recommended. Environmental perspective.

Approximate Cost: $5,375
Fulfills the Global Perspective:

WTI – 1G Human Trafficking Field Study: Cambodia

Professor Nancy Janus

Trafficking of children for sexual exploitation is a significant problem in Southeast Asia.  Despite efforts of governmental and non-governmental agencies, the problem continues unabated in Cambodia.  This winter term offers students first hand exposure to anti-trafficking initiatives in Cambodia.  They will volunteer with rescued sex trafficking victims at Agape International Missions and at the Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights in Phnom Penh.  In Siem Reap they will engage with children protected from sex trafficking in child care centers, ACODO orphanage and Anjali House.  In Battambang, they will work with the Khmer New Generation Organization in food distribution to prevent parents from selling children to traffickers.  Additionally, students will visit significant religious and cultural sites throughout Cambodia.  Four pre-travel classes and one post-travel class are required along with assigned readings.  Evaluation by class participation, reaction reports, and final project.

Fulfills the RSL requirement.

Approximate Cost: $5,800

WTI – 2G The Teal Guide to London: Markets Edition

Professor Jon Chopan

The Teal Guide to London: Markets Edition is a collaborative course where students will work together to create a guide to the London Markets. Your objective is to explore creative writing through a close study of and reimagining of form. You will look carefully at reviews from the New York Times and travel writing from Lonely Planet. You will then write your own reviews and profiles, critique and edit one another’s work, and finally, compile a guide that shows audiences London’s Markets like they’ve never seen them before.

Costs DO NOT include airfare, round trip transport from the airport to the London Study Centre, personal expenses and entertainment not within the program design.

Students should plan to arrive in London on Thursday, January 3, 2019 and to depart on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

Approximate Cost: $4,000 plus Cost of Airfare

WTI – 3G Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia: A Business and Multicultural Adventure

Professor Ed Grasso

Explore ancient civilizations and world class organizations on this adventure.  The countries of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia have exhibited high levels of economic growth, business development, and cultural changes over the last decade and are designated as the new Asian Tigers or the next Mini Dragons. We will compare and contrast the management strategies and leadership styles of organizations in each country while exploring their historical and cultural treasures, and interacting with students and faculty at major universities.
In Thailand we will visit ancient temples in Bangkok, ride elephants at the Lampang training center and visit a hill tribe village near Chiang Mai.  While in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam we will explore the CuChi Tunnels near Saigon, visit clothing manufacturers in Hoi An, and walk the grounds of the Forbidden Purple City in Hue, the former imperial capital of past Vietnamese dynasties.  In the capital city of Hanoi we will visit Ho Chi Minh’s House, the Temple of Literature and enoy “Roi Nuoc” a traditional water puppet show.  While in Cambodia we will explore the more than 100 sacred temples of Angkor Wat built between the 9th and 13th centuries in honor of the Khmer Kings.  Evaluation will be based on group project, paper, journal and intercultural interactions.  Open to all majors.

Approximate Cost: $8,225

WTI – 4G Language Immersion in Italy

Professor Kristy Cardellio

Learn Italian (and earn a semester of language credit) in Florence, the birthplace of Italian culture and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Florence is the city that gave us writers like Dante and Boccaccio, and artists like Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Botticelli (and many more too numerous to mention). You will be learning Italian in the city where it originated, and putting it to use every day. And while Florence is a city full of cultural treasures, many of which we will visit, it is also a lively university town rich in the art of living, a magnet for young people from Europe and beyond. In addition to living in Florence, you will also travel to Rome and Venice, two cities as extraordinary as Florence, yet as different from it – and from each other – as possible. Rome is the city of emperors and popes, the home of the Coliseum and the Sistine Chapel, as well as a bustling, multicultural metropolis that epitomizes the Italy of the twenty-first century; Venice, on the other hand, is a startling urban creation, a city precariously standing in a lagoon in the northeastern reaches of Italy, a traditional port of entry into Europe of luxury goods and dreams of the exotic. These three cities will give you a glimpse of the richness and variety of il bel paese, the beautiful country. Don’t miss this opportunity. Successful students will earn a full semester language credit.

Approximate Cost: $6,750

WTI - 5G Physician Shadowing in Spain

Professor Steve Denison

In this course, students will gain two weeks of valuable hospital/physician shadowing experience in Spain. This immersive course will give students excellent experience observing doctor/patient interactions and information on medical topics through discussion with physician mentors. Students will learn in a first-hand setting about a European public health care system. Students will also learn about medical education through readings and group discussion. Students will experience and learn about Spanish culture through cultural and historical excursions and a three-day stay in Madrid prior to traveling to Cuenca for the hospital shadowing. Participating students are encouraged, but not required to have a basic understand of Spanish.

Approximate Cost: $5,750

WTI – 6G Spanish Language Immersion in Cuenca, Ecuador

Professor Sandra Riveros

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador. Live with a host family and attend intensive language classes taught by local instructors. Other activities include culinary and dance classes, as well as guided visits to museums, markets, archaeological sites, and hot springs. One weekend excursion features hiking in Cajas National Park, with its scenic trails and blue lagoons. A second weekend excursion includes a visit to Ingapirca, Ecuador’s most impressive Inca ruins. Students will also visit the historic center of Quito, Ecuador’s capital, and the Otavalo market. Perched at 8,000 feet in the Andes Mountains, Cuenca is one of South America’s best preserved colonial cities. Its historic core is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city has gained renown as a production center for Panama hats. The program is open to all students who wish to study Spanish at the beginning or intermediate level. Successful students will earn a full semester language credit.

Approximate Cost: $4,700

WTI – 7G Japan: Power Spotting

Professor Eileen Mikals-Adachi

Take a spiritual and cultural journey in Japan by visiting some of its ‘power spots’, or sacred sites, and learn about the culture of this fascinating nation. Power spots obtain energy from earth, nature, and life itself, and are found throughout the world. The abundance of such spiritual spaces in Japan has, for centuries, attracted numerous visitors, each hoping to experience the special power and mystical energy these sites possess. Following the example of Matsuo Basho’s travel account, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, our starting point will be Tokyo, and during our visit to various places, including Nikko, Nagano, and Kyoto, we will stay in a Buddhist temple and a Shinto shrine. While studying the appeal of pilgrimages and how this ancient practice has resurfaced as a modern craze, we will learn about Japanese customs and views, and reflect on the benefits we ourselves attained while ‘power spotting’. Japanese language not required.

Approximate Cost: $5,900

WTI – 8G French Language Immersion in Martinique

Professor Ashley Scheu

One of two French overseas departments in the Caribbean Sea, Martinique offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the French language and creole culture all while learning about the history of colonialism and the slave trade in the Americas. Upon your arrival in the island’s capital of Fort-de-France, you will be placed in an intensive course at the Université des Antilles, where you will study French every morning. True beginners to advanced students are welcome. In the afternoons, you will learn about French and creole culture through activities ranging from cooking classes with a Martinican chef to a session on traditional bèlè dances/rituals and a tour that focuses on biodiversity in the stunning tropical landscape outside the city. On some afternoons, we will gather in a local café to sip coffee, eat accras de morue (cod fritters, a local specialty), and discuss Martinican history and culture. This winter term also includes excursions beyond Fort-de-France, including visits to the volcanic Mont Pélé, to rum distilleries where you will learn about the history of sugar cane production, and to the famous pottery village of Les Trois Ilets. Students will further improve their knowledge of French language and Martinican culture by living with host families in Fort-de-France. Successful completion of this winter term will count as one semester of French language study.

Approximate Cost: $4,750

WTI – 9G Longevity in Sardinia, Italy

Professor Kristina Wenzel-Egan

The central region of Sardinia, an island located in the Mediterranean Sea, is considered a “Blue Zone” because it has a remarkably high number of centenarians (see bluezones.com). What are centenarians, you ask? Centenarians are people who live to be 100 years of age and older. In fact, the proportion of centenarians in the central region of Sardinia is ten times greater than the U.S.! Researchers attribute their longevity to the region’s emphasis on close family and community relationships, as well as a plant-based diet and loads of low-intensity physical activity. In this course we will learn the science of relationships by exploring how human relationships influence our physical and mental health. After a couple class sessions on campus, we will travel to Italy (first stopping in Rome to see a few ancient sites) to see relationship science in action by observing the family and community relationships in Sardinia. We will meet villagers, longevity experts, and—of course—centenarians, while we tour the Sardinian Blue Zone. Our tour will include milking sheep on a sheep farm, learning how to make bread by local Sardinians, and touring a family-owned olive press. Lucky for us, Sardinia is honoring St. Anthony the Abbot with magical and huge bonfires while we are in Orgosolo! We will spend an entire day learning about this ancient festival and taking part in the village’s celebrations. In this course students will develop the ability to understand how relational characteristics impact health, critically analyze the impact that community practices have on longevity, and reflect on the health implications of personal lifestyle and behavioral choices. This WT course will involve a lot of physical activity, including hiking the Seulo Mountains and the Supramonte, trekking to the Cala Gloroitze, and dancing into the night hours (you’ve been warned)!

Approximate Cost: $6,500

WTI – 10G Service Learning in Peru

Professor Olivier Debure

The group will first stay a few days in Lima, Peru to get acquainted with aspects of the Peruvian culture, political history, and current economic situation that will contextualize the service-learning effort. Next, the group will fund and partake in a construction project for the Nino Luz organization, located in the suburbs of Lima, which primarily works with preschoolers of Inca families not only to prepare them to be successful in the public education system but also to preserve and celebrate their cultural identity.

This course is primarily a service trip. It includes two weeks of service and is physical due to the daily construction work and the rudimentary living conditions. The activities on most days will consist of mixing cement, digging foundations, raising block walls, fetching sand and water and/or installing framing timbers.

In the evenings, students will complete daily readings which will provide material for a series of reflective assignments. This courses fulfills the RSL requirement.

The last few days of the trip will be spent traveling to Cusco which was historically the center of Inca religion and administration. There, the group will enjoy Peru’s natural beauty and trek to Macchu Picchu.

Traveling dates are Wednesday January 3rd till Saturday the 26th, 2019. Students will need to be back on campus on January 2, 2019 for the late afternoon pre-departure meeting on campus.

Selection of students will begin in September 2018. Preference will be made for students with experience or interest in service related trips, experience or willingness to do construction work, experience in traveling, and with Spanish language skills.

Fulfills the RSL requirement.

Approximate Cost: $4,675

WTI – 11G Bahamas: Field Archaeology

Professor Allan Meyers

This program explores the cultural heritage of The Bahamas through an archaeological investigation of its plantation past. Travel to Cat Island, a slender stretch of land on the eastern edge of the Bahama archipelago, to study one of several deserted settlements that were established after the American Revolution by colonists who were loyal to the British Crown. Recognized today as important heritage sites, the old plantations have become the focus of efforts to learn more about slavery and colonialism in the 18th and 19th centuries. Through field survey of ruined buildings, students become acquainted with some essential methods of archaeological data collection. This fieldwork, set against a backdrop of subtropical forest and limestone hills, will at times be demanding. Consequently, good physical condition is necessary. In addition, conversations with Bahamian collaborators will consider how to best preserve and make use of the important historical resources on Cat Island. The course includes preparatory sessions on the Eckerd campus followed by approximately two and half weeks abroad. Evaluation will be based on writing assignments, reading quizzes, command of field methods, a journal and a final mapping project.

Approximate Cost: $4,500
WTI – 1 Abiquiu: Ghost Ranch Conference Center

Ghost Ranch is a working ranch located in the uniquely beautiful high desert of northern New Mexico. Students will be immersed in local culture through the lens of an academic course (select from list below) and activities such as hikes, presentations (cooking, dancing, speaker series), and excursions to Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, and Ojo Caliente Hot Springs. On the ranch, students can participate in yoga, massage, horseback riding, hiking trails, a high ropes course, and museums. Participate in a regional orientation program and enroll in one individual study project. Students travel on their own. Participants in this program should plan to arrive in New Mexico on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 and to depart on Monday, January 21, 2019. Additional travel information will be furnished at the time of registration. 

Costs DO NOT include airfare. Costs are, however, inclusive of all fees and include round trip transportation from the Albuquerque Airport. Weekend and evening activities, dances, movies, and worship services are included. Enrollment is limited by Ghost Ranch – apply early.

G190121 Micaceous Pottery: The Spirit of Clay

The rich earth of this mysterious and sacred landscape is the starting point for the class—the brilliant geological formations, the earth’s clay, the yucca paintbrush. After thanking the earth and gathering the clay, you will learn how to prepare it and coil it into pots, then fire your pots in ways traditional to the Pueblo potter. Join in the rare opportunity to experience the potter’s relationship to the earth, which is rooted in respect and honoring, and carry the earth of northern New Mexico back to your homes as micaceous pots.

Approximate Cost: $3,675

G190122 The Desert Light In Digital Photography

Are you ready for the possibilities of a Ghost Ranch photographic adventure fresh into the new year? Explore and experience the natural beauty of the ranch and seldom seen places in northern New Mexico in a course for all who want to craft and hone their photography skills. This is both a field class and a studio class. Participants will hike to absorb many landscapes by day and capture the stars by night. And then, make the most of your images apprenticing in the studio using state of the art techniques to edit and craft images that were coached in the field by the eye, intuition, and perspective of a master teacher and artist.

Approximate Cost: $3,675

G190123 Silversmithing In The Southwest Tradition

$200 Course Material Fee
Silver jewelry making in the Southwest emerged among the Navajo in the 1860s and the Zuni in the 1870s. Atsidi Sani is credited as the first Navajo who learned to metalsmith and make silver jewelry in 1865. The Zuni fashioned early pieces from brass and copper salvaged from old cooking kettles. Today, the making, trading, and selling of silver stoned jewelry continues to be a vital part of Southwestern art and culture. This class is both a hands-on course in the basics of making silver jewelry and lapidary with stones and shell, and in the history of Southwest jewelry-making and its role in the culture and economy of local families and communities. In addition to time in the studio with a master teacher and guest artists, participants will interact with artisans from Santa Fe and the pueblos, tour museum collections, and visit the historic Santa Fe plaza where native makers have been selling their creations for generations. Participants will leave the class with wearable and sellable jewelry of their own making. Please Note: Class fees do not include the purchase of silver used in class. Silver can be purchased from Ghost Ranch at market prices, or students can bring their own. All other tools and supplies are provided. Students should expect to spend between $50 – $200 for silver purchases.

Approximate Cost: $3,875

G190124 Writing The Sacred: Landscape, History, Memory & Ceremony in Indigenous Writing

Listen to the minerals in the cliff, mesa and canyon walls of Ghost Ranch. See the colors of land and its creatures shimmer with each slant of light. They are story. Let them infiltrate your own writings as you live in and explore for three weeks the heart of this high desert. Muskogee poet Joy Harjo said that we are “memory alive.” Explore memory in songs, ceremony and stories evoked by the landscapes and cultures of northern New Mexico that have inspired the writings of Leslie Marmon Silko, Joy Harjo, Luci Tapahonso, Rudolfo Anaya, N. Scott Momaday, Paula Gunn Allen, Demetria Martinez, Sherwin Bitsui and others. This is a field-based, mixed-genre writing course that traverses the vibrant communities and lands of northern New Mexico alive with spirits, history, ceremony and story.

Approximate Cost: $3,675

G190125 Rocks, Ruins & Dinosaur Bones For Explorers

An outdoor adventure to hike first-hand the geology, paleontology and archaeology of northern New Mexico, all of which the Ghost Ranch area is internationally known. The class includes field trips to the spectacular geology of the Colorado Plateau, Rio Grande Rift and Jemez volcanic field (the first week), the dinosaur quarries of Ghost Ranch (paleontology, the second week), and ancient village ruins of the Southwest (archaeology, the third week). This is an opportunity to explore the ancient worlds of cliff dwellings and kivas and the primordial worlds of oceans, volcanoes, Coelophysis and Effigia.

Approximate Cost: $3,675

G190127 Expanding Spiritualities: Learning From The Religious and Spiritual Communities Of Northern New Mexico

New Mexico draws an abundance of spiritual communities of different faith traditions to its canyons and mesas. This class is about cultural immersion and engagement, about meeting and talking with members of different communities, learning from them and listening to them–Muslims, Sikhs, Benedictine brothers, Rio Grande Pueblos, the Penitentes, Hindus, the Greek Orthodox, and other communities, some nestled along wild and scenic rivers, on high mesas, or in the deep canyons of New Mexico. Engage in an open, informed and generous way with people holding different beliefs who are following a diversity of spiritual practices.

Approximate Cost: $3,675
WTI – 999 Washington University Engineering & Applied Science

During January, Washington University offers concentrated introductory courses in engineering and applied science. These course allow students attending institutions affiliated with the dual-degree program to explore their interest in and aptitude for these fields. Students should plan for travel expenses to and from St. Louis, personal expenses, dinners, and incidental expenses.
Please see Professor Anne Cox for additional information.

Courses Offered:
Introduction to Electrical & Electronic Circuits
Engineering Mechanics I

Approximate Dates:
December 26th, 2018- January 7th, 2019

Approximate Cost: $1,985