Monday, May 22, 2017

Study Tour to Israel

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.

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

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)

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

1 $600 Non-refundable deposit due with Passages on-line application
1. Create an account on Abroad Office
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."

Thursday, April 6, 2017

History and Political Science Students Participate in URCA Symposium

Each year, the Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences hosts the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Symposium.  According to Dr. Dawn Weber, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Symposium, provides students the opportunity to "present original research, perform theatrical and musical selections, read original creative writing, and exhibit their artwork." 

The following students studying in the History & Political Science Department will be presenting at the 2017 URCA Symposium on Tuesday, April 11:

Joey Barretta: 
Was Martin Luther King Jr. the Frederick Douglass of the Twentieth-Century;
Liberal Education in a STEM World

Kayla Gowdy: 
How Marco Rubio Won in 2010 and Its Relevance to Future Elections

Delaney Jones: 
The Survival and Maintenance of Minority Languages in Spain

Bryanna Austin: 
The Need for Criminal Justice Reform in Ohio

Mykenna Schlorb: 
Civilized Society in Agatha Christie’s Poirot

For a full list of presentations, abstracts, and the Symposium schedule, check out the URCA blog.

All presentations are free and open to the public. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ohio Senate President on Ohio's Drug Epidemic

Larry Obhof, President of the Ohio Senate, will discuss Ohio's Drug Epidemic and how the state government is responding to it on Thursday, March 30th at 6:30 PM in the Student Center Auditorium.

This event is free and open to the public. Food and Drinks will be provided.

Sponsored by College Republicans, the History and Political Science Department, Young Americans for Liberty, the Pre-law Society, and the Criminal Justice Club.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

College Republicans Hold Event on State and Local Government

The Ashland University College Republicans are hosting a series of events on the importance of state and local governments at a time when the focus is on the Presidency. The first speaker will be Matt Miller, a former Political Science major and Ashbrook Scholar who has held several offices in county government and is now running for mayor of Ashland. He will speak on the importance of local government on Thursday, March 16th from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Student Center Auditorium. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Joey Barretta to Intern at ACTA

Congratulations to senior Joey Barretta, who will be interning this summer at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in Washington D.C. His primary job will be to assist with the "What Will They Learn?" project, which evaluates the core curricula at universities throughout the country and provides a grade based on meeting certain requirements for a well-rounded liberal arts education.