Monday, May 22, 2017

Study Tour to Israel

 
ABOUT THE ISRAEL STUDY TOUR
HIST/POLSC 341 Modern Middle East is a multidisciplinary course offered in conjunction with a trip to Israel in 2018. The course features the study of the region as a whole, trying to grasp its historical and political development and current character. Geography, political history, religion, and natural resources all play an important role. The course will emphasize the emergence of the modern state of Israel and its diplomatic, military, and cultural relations with other countries in the region. Students enrolled in HIS/POLSC 341 (offered spring of even years) or REL 375OLB (offered spring of odd years) will be given priority for the limited seats available on the tour.

The tour features the study of biblical geography; biblical history; the story of Christianity, Judaism and Islam in what is now the modern State of Israel. Students will have the opportunity to spend time at significant biblical sites while studying the relevant texts and concepts. The program also features lectures by prominent Israeli and Palestinian scholars, politicians, religious, and business figures followed by times of discussion and Q & A. Students will participate in home visits, dine with an Israeli family, visit a Kibbutz, and engage in conversation with Israeli and Palestinian university students.

TENTATIVE ITINERARY LOCATIONS (subject to change)
Biblical Highlights: Nazareth, Mount of Beatitudes, Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, City of David, Western Wall, Garden of Gethsemane, The Way of the Cross, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Dead Sea
Additional Locations: Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Mount Precipice, Aramaic Village, site of the Temple of Pan, Mount Scopus, Israeli Kibbutz, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Site of the Temple Courts, Bethesda Pools, Garden Tomb, Masada, Holocaust Museum, Keenest, Independence Hall, Tel Aviv markets, Caesarea

ESTIMATED PROGRAM COST
Approximately $1,057
INCLUDED: Airfare from departure city to Tel Aviv, lodging, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), transportation in-country by charter bus, all exhibit and entrance fees, international health insurance, and tips for tour guide, medic/security guard, and bus driver. Included in the price above, but paid for by participants are round-trip transportation from home to departure city (probably JFK or Newark airport, estimated $300) and Passages fee ($600)
NOT INCLUDED: Expense for passport ($135) and personal expenses (est. $100$200)

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION
The generous financial support and trip coordination are provided by Passages.
DEADLINES & PAYMENTS
February 1
Apply through Abroad Office and complete required AU paperwork

April
1 $600 Non-refundable deposit due with Passages on-line application
 
HOW TO APPLY
1. Create an account on Abroad Officehttp://ashland.abroadoffice.net
2. On the left, choose 2018 AU Programs, then Israel Study Tour page. Click Apply to Program and complete application information.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New Eagle Emerges with Spring

A new eagle has emerged fully grown from the ground, or rather, from the tree stump at the pedestrian entrance to AU on College Ave.  Thanks to the person who thought of this; what a wonderful idea!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Two Week Tour of the Eastern Front in WWII

The Battle of Stalingrad

Dr. John Moser is leading a 14 day tour of the Russian Front in WWII next spring, in conjunction with his course HIST 364: World War II (you do not need to take the course in order to go on the trip, or vice versa). This trip will focus on the Eastern Front, so there will be visits to St. Petersburg, Moscow, Minsk, Poland, Germany, and more.

An information meeting is scheduled for next Thursday, April 20, at 4:30 pm in Andrews 102. Dr. Moser says "this is going to be an incredible event, and I hope you will join us."