The following Barnard faculty members have received funding to develop innovative programming that brings students abroad in the context of a course, a major, or a research project. The programs have taken place or will take place in Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017. Faculty interested in proposing programs abroad for Fall 2017, Winter 2018, and Spring 2018 can do so here by April 1, 2017.
Karen Fairbanks, Architecture – Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden, Fall 2016
The studio will research natural resources and built infrastructure that are significant to the planning and growth of New York City, Oslo, and Stockholm. Students will then develop a program and design a small temporary structure aligned with that research before our trip, leading to an expanded program and project after on-the-ground research in Oslo and Stockholm. This advanced studio is an opportunity for students to develop their own research interests in support of the overall themes of the studio. Students will pair their research on natural or built resources with a pressing social or cultural issue impacting urban life.
Gail Archer, Music – Lausanne, Switzerland, Spring 2017
The Barnard-Columbia Chorus will sing the Mass in C KV 427, Te Deum laudamus KV 141 and Ave verum K. 618 with the Chorus of the University of Lausanne on April 19, 2017 at the Church of the Ascension, 221 West 107th St., New York City. Then members of the Barnard-Columbia Chorus will travel to Lausanne on the evening of May 7 and begin rehearsals from May 8-10 to sing the same program at the University of Lausanne on May 10, 2017.
Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyj, German – Vienna, Austria, Spring/Summer 2017
In conjunction with the course Advanced German II – Vienna-Now and Then, students explore the use of digital technology for analyzing culture, language and identity in one of Europe’s most diverse cities—Vienna, Austria. During a one-week stay in Vienna, students will put their German-language, filming and digital technology skills to use and gather ethnographic material to produce a short German-language documentary film on identity, the notion of homeland, and stereotypes. Live encounters with native Viennese as well as recent migrants from Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, former Yugoslavia, and Syria in formal and informal settings and a field study project will serve as the main sources for the video. After the on-site and out of classroom segment students will edit their film material and present the final video in the next class, Advanced German II: Vienna-Now and Then (spring 2018).
Tami Navarro, Barnard Center for Research on Women – Wanstead, Barbados, Spring/Summer 2017
The seminar will occur over summer break and will be attached to the Africana Studies seminar Introduction to the African Diaspora. This one-week seminar is in partnership with the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in Wanstead, Barbados. It will allow students to closely examine the geographical and historical movements of “Afro-” peoples in the Atlantic world as well as engage with the project of de-centering the United States as the focal point of scholarship on the African Diaspora. Beyond this, the experts at IGDS will give guest lectures on their scholarship on topics including histories of feminist organizing in the region and contemporary manifestations of gender inequalities across the diaspora.
Laurie Postlewate, French – Paris, France, Summer 2017
This three-week workshop will focus on translating theatre from French to English. Sessions will be divided between discussion of translations, discussion of translation theory applied to theatre, and sharing of work on translations. In the third week students will collaborate with French counterparts, likely from the Literary Translation Masters Program at Université de Paris Charles V. This final week will also include a colloquium with invited outside speakers. Students will attend five theatre events, including performances of works they are translating.
Alice Reagan, Theatre – Groningen, The Netherlands, Summer 2017
Juniors and seniors in the Theatre Department will have the opportunity to attend the internationally respected Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival in Groningen, The Netherlands. Now in its 26th year, the Noorderzon Festival presents works of live performance from all over the world, with an emphasis on experimental and devised work. Last year, Noorderzon presented work from companies based in Brazil, Slovenia, Japan, the U.K., Chile, Indonesia, and Iran.
Lisa Son, Psychology – Seoul, South Korea, Summer 2017
The program will allow a Barnard student in Psychology to go to Seoul, South Korea, for 4 weeks in the summer to conduct research on metacognitive processes. Metacognition, which can be defined as the ability to assess one’s knowledge and control behavior during study, has been largely ignored cross-culturally. However, many data have suggested that individual’s learning processes will differ across American and East Asian cultures. Understanding why such particular metacognitive misconceptions occur and how they differ across culture may be crucial for improving learning and performance in all individuals. In the same time period, the student will be able to enroll in two classes at Korea University’s (International Summer Program, including a course in Introductory Korean. Being immersed in the Korean culture and exposed to the language will provide an ideal environment for helping the student to understand the subtle differences in metacognitive processes across cultures.
Colleen Thomas Young, Dance – Paris, France, Summer 2017
This 4-week course is an immersion in Parisian culture from the point of view of the dancer. The course is divided into three major components: technique, composition and history. Students will take a series of technique classes in modern, ballet and yoga, taught by USF, Barnard College and guest faculty, as well as opportunities to take alternative technique classes in some of Paris's professional dance studios. Students will be exposed to the rich artistic side of Paris through lectures and performances, as well as assigned readings by major dancers/writers/artists who have drawn on the Parisian landscape as inspiration for their work. A final choreographic project based on compositional exercises that will take students to various Parisian locales, will be presented during the final week of the course. We will also visit many important locations essential to studying the history of dance in Western culture, including Versailles, Theatre de la Ville and the Paris Opera.