Still looking for an opportunity to travel this summer? Tune in to this week's Office Hours as we speak with Matt Giancarlo, from the Department of English, and Susan Roberts, from the Department of Geography, about the education abroad trips that they will be leading this summer. Giancarlo will be heading a trip to Arezzo, a town in Tuscany, where students can learn about Italian language, art, and culture. Roberts will lead a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico to explore social and environmental justice within Southern Mexico.
In this presentation Amy Lind addresses how “the family” has been resignified in Ecuador’s 2008 Constitution, potentially opening new possibilities for understanding intimacy, love and kinship, and linking this new “familia diversa” to Ecuador’s postneoliberal redistributive project. She discusses some of the new policies, programs and forms of state support that resulted from this resignification, but also the ways in which this resignification has stalled, failed and/or been re-appropriated by the very state itself in its hegemonic project to manage diversity, the (pluri)nation, and the economy. In this sense, Ecuador’s Citizen Revolution raises broader questions about the possibilities of moving away from neoliberalism, toward a postneoliberal or decolonial future, in the region at large. Furthermore, it raises questions about how notions of family, identity and intimacy influence and get mapped onto the kinds of (often conservative) moral imagined communities we are witnessing in Latin America’s “turn to the Left.” Finally, it asks us to question how love and affect – often understood as lying “outside” politics – are in fact central to nationalist imaginaries and forms of governance.
The participants in the forum address the cultural and political context of, as well as the emerging and continuing fallout surrounding, the recent deadly attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Paris kosher market (January 7-9, 2015).
Our latest Office Hours episode brings you a new host along with a hot topic -- Cuba! In this episode, Sarah Shuetze interviews Peter Berres, former Assistant Dean in the College of Health Sciences and professor of Political Science, and Stan Brunn, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Geography. Berres and Brunn have a lot to talk about - particularly their common interest in Cuba and upcoming education abroad program in Cuba this summer! Listen in to learn more about how they became interested in Cuba, developed a study abroad program, and their goals for the program.
UK’s summer Geography program in Oaxaca, Mexico is focused on Social and Environmental Issues and features opportunities for guided research projects. The program runs every summer. The dates for 2015 are June 11 to August 7th, 2015. Coursework entails in-depth learning about the diverse environments of Southern Mexico, as well as about the rich and heterogeneous cultures of Oaxaca’s distinct regions. The coursework stresses the historical and contemporary dimensions of the relationship between the peoples of Oaxaca, the land and resources and a global political economy. Students in the program sign up for three UK Geography courses (3 credits each). The courses are taught by UK Adjunct Professor Oliver Froehling and other local experts.
The courses involve many field excursions and opportunities to learn about the landscapes and peoples of Southern Mexico and the issues that are facing them. Students are placed in homestays with local families. UK students who have gone on this program in recent years have reported that they learned a great deal and feel that the program has had a major impact on their lives.
While summer 2015 may seem a long time away, it will approach faster than you think! So as you think about whether this program is for you, please feel free to contact the Program Director, Oliver Froehling, at firstname.lastname@example.org .