Professor: Dr. Barbara Davis
Travel Dates: tbc 10-24 May 2023
Module cost: $4850-5350
Additional possible expenses: $450-$550
Max enrollment: 20
How would you like to find Nemo at the Great Barrier Reef or feed a mother kangaroo with a Joey in her pouch at Steve Erwin’s Australia Zoo? Maybe you would enjoy holding a cuddly koala and having a photo taken. Possibly visiting the only everglades outside the United States or spending time on the largest sand island in the world sounds interesting to you. You might like to test your boomerang throwing skills, spear throwing abilities, or didgeridoo playing. Visiting a fantastic performance at the Sydney Opera House is just one of the many highlights of this course. All of these wonderful activities and many more are available to all Australia module students. Australia is an incredibly unique country with all kinds of diversity: people, animals, vegetables, and minerals. We spend time studying the First Australians – Aboriginal Australians – who have lived on the continent for over 50,000 years. Several Aboriginal Cultural Centers will be visited to get hands-on experience celebrating these indigenous peoples’ unique way of life and the connection to their ancestral lands. Their stories are fascinating!
The Australia course is an incredible journey where you will make many lifetime memories! Join me on the adventure! You’ll be so happy you did!
Professors: Mark Miller and Katherine Brandl
Travel Dates: tbd
Cost range: $ 3500-3800 (2022 costs)
Additional Expenses: $200
Max Enrollment: tbd
Class will meet 1-2 times during the Spring semester.
Costs included: round-trip flight from SHV (details tbd); in-country lodging and transportation; two meals per day.
What is the Finnish Miracle?
In the 1950s, Finland was a poor, agrarian nation, battered by wars to expel both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany from their country during WWII. In fewer than 50 years, Finland became one of the wealthiest and most advanced countries in the world. We will study the role of the storied Finnish education system as we explore the history, business, culture, sights and people of the country Newsweek magazine named Best in the World based on education, health, political environment, economic competitiveness, and quality of life. Where will we go?
Professors: Jeff Hendricks and Scarlett Hendricks
Travel Dates: tbd
Cost range: $ 3495-3995 (2022 costs)
Max Enrollment: tbd
At the end of World War I, Parisians danced in the streets with British, Canadian, and American soldiers to celebrate the end of the war. The party continued into the roaring 20s, when artists like Cocteau, Picasso, Chagall, and Man Ray; intellectuals like André Gide and Colette; performers like Josephine Baker; and expatriates like Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald flooded Paris's cafés and bistros. Whereas Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin loved Paris during the 18th century as the city of Light and Reason; Ernest Hemingway and the Lost Generation of the 1920s and 30s were attracted to Paris as a site of artistic energy and cultural tolerance; Americans (and many other nationalities) today visit Paris because it has come to represent the embodiment of "the good life." In this module we will examine this proposition by living for two weeks in Paris and asking each student to compare aspects of French culture with aspects of their own culture, with the goal of wrestling with the question of what it means to live a “good” and “meaningful” and “quality” life.
This module--"Americans in Paris: The Quest for the Good Life" – will examine numerous texts by American writers, artists, musicians, and intellectuals about Paris. We then ask Centenary students to compare and contrast their own experience of Paris with their own lived-experiences in the U.S. and with these readings from American writers, philosophers, statesmen, and artists who have traveled to Paris since before the American Revolution. We ask students to focus their cultural comparisons around the following topics, picking one from the following to write about in-depth: 1) religion, 2) food, 3) art, 4) music, 5) fashion and dress, or 6) transportation. As much as it's possible, we will try to live as the Parisians themselves: we will buy bread and cheese and ham from the corner markets; we will wash our clothes in the hotel laundromat; we will negotiate our way around the city using public buses and the metro; we will live for two weeks amidst some of the world's greatest historical monuments and art. All the while we will be reading, observing, taking notes, and talking to the French that we meet about our impressions and our thoughts.
Professors: Dr. Amanda Donahoe and Dr. Jeanne Hamming
Travel dates: tbc 9-23 May 2023
Module Cost: $3750-4500 (2022 estimated costs)
Additional possible expenses: $140-180
Max enrollment: 20
The Troubles are 3 decades of violence between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland, and this lush-green region is still dealing with the aftermath.
You'll spend time in Northern Ireland's capital, Belfast and second largest city, Derry/Londonderry as well as a few days at Corrymeela, a rural reconciliation community learning the history and complexities of this conflict as well as learning about ongoing peacebuilding practices on the ground. Maybe you'll even develop some conflict resolution skills of your own.
Come tour the Peace Walls, see the murals, talk with ex-prisoners and peacemakers, and enjoy a cuppa tea!
Professors: Dr. Chris Ciocchetti and Jessica Panzini
Travel Dates: 10-24 May 2023
Cost range: $3600-4400
Max Enrollment: 18
It is not that life is short but that we waste much of it. (Seneca, De Brevitate Vitae)
Ciao tutti! Come with us to Rome, Subiaco, and Palermo to learn about Italian food, philosophy, and culture. You will learn about empires when visiting the Coliseum, Roman Forum, and Emperor Nero's Villa. We will visit the heart of Catholicism in the Vatican, spend the night in a Franciscan nunnery, and learn at the first Benedictine monastery. We will walk in the mountains and raft the same river that feeds the Roman aqueducts, the Aniene. We will travel to Palermo to experience life in Sicily, the crossroads of the Mediterranean. We will spend an afternoon on the beach and, if we are lucky, score tickets to a soccer game. We will see Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and the Pietà firsthand. You can learn to make pasta a mano as we discuss Italian culture and the Italian diaspora.
Does it sound like too much? Don’t worry. We will take time to experience dolce far niente in the Borghese gardens. Students will see beyond the stereotypes to appreciate what Italian culture can teach us about life, philosophy, and food.
Va bene? A presto.
Professors: Dr. Jama Grove and Professor Chris Brown
Travel Dates: 8-26 May 2023
Module cost: $tbc
Additional possible expenses: tbc
Max enrollment: 15
How much do you know about the history of Centenary College? As a American institution with roots in the antebellum South, slavery and the lives of enslaved people are woven into the very foundations of our college.
We'll travel to Jackson, Louisiana to visit the Centenary State Historic Site; conduct archival research into our shared past; and reshape our institutional memory to include the lives and labors of the people of color whose lives and labors built Centenary, its campuses, and its surrounding communities.
Using historical research as a tool for restorative justice, students will directly contribute to placing people of color at the center of our own institutional history, creating a new institutional memory -- one that honors the lives of the people who our founders and faculty enslaved and the communities of color that survived despite the exploitation of the cotton South.
Professors: Dr. Scott Chirhart and Assistant Athletic Director Jackie Fain
Travel dates: tbc 9-25 May 2023
Module Cost: $4950-5500
Additional possible expenses: $500
Max enrollment: 10
Did you know that the islands of New Zealand were the last habitable landmass settled by humans?
Despite its remoteness, New Zealand ranks highly in national comparisons in categories such as quality of life, education, protection of civil liberties, government transparency, and economic freedom. We'll explore the culture and country of modern New Zealand, including. everything from the distinctive Māori culture and history, biological and geographical features such as plants and animals’ endemic to things distinctly New Zealand: educational systems including colleges and medical schools, socialized healthcare, as well as exploration of the role of international sports such as rugby and sports management.
Join us on our journey and perhaps find something unexpected!
Professors: Coach Ashley McDonough, MBA and Assistant Coach L'Muriell Thrower
Travel Dates: tbc 15-30 May 2023
Additional possible expenses: $150
Max enrollment: 20
The island country of St Kitts and Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Western Hemisphere and the world's smallest sovereign federation. Join with athletes and non-athletes alike as we journey to the SKN Olympic Training Center to learn about sport management and leadership concepts and practice.
We'll cover a variety of sport management concepts and applications, including the history of sport management; youth, community and scholastic sport and recreation; professional and international sport; the practice of managerial and leadership concepts within sport; typical settings and opportunities for sport leaders; diversity issues and opportunities in sport; and sustainability practices in athletic programming.
Other activities in St. Kitts and Nevis will range from training with the SKN national women’s indoor volleyball team; cross training with beach volleyball athletes and coaches; zip lining; a catamaran and snorkeling excursion to Nevis; and teaching free volleyball clinics to local children.
Non-volleyball players will learn the “behind the scenes” workings of athletic administration including practice planning, sports information, community engagement, sports marketing, equipment management, and travel logistics.
Come with us to the Caribbean!
NOTE: This module is currently in the planning phase for 2024, but there is a possibility of cancellation if the post-pandemic shift does not allow Chimp Haven to re-open for guests.
Professors: Dr. Jessica Alexander and tbd
Course dates: tbc
Module Cost: $800-1000
Max enrolment: 16
Did you know that culture isn't just something that humans have? Nonhuman primates also have culture!
In this course, we will travel to Chimp Haven, the national chimpanzee sanctuary that's just outside Shreveport, and we will observe cultural behaviors in nonhuman primates. Chimp Haven is home to over 300 chimpanzees who have been retired from NIH biomedical research. They live in communities and build friendships, engage with caregivers, and spend their days learning to be social chimps.
Going behind the scenes at such an incredible facility is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Come examine what culture means with our primate relatives!
Professors: Dr. Andia Augustin-Billy and Dr. Dana Kress
Travel Dates: tbd
Cost range: $2900-3400 (2022 estimated costs)
Max Enrollment: 15
Are you looking for an unforgettable experience? Then, hop on the Haiti Module!
Together, we will explore cultural traditions of southern Haiti while taking a critical look at the disbursement of aid and its ramifications on Haitian society. We will undertake various service projects (teaching English to local school children, building a library, and an art initiative in the artistic city of Jacmel), which will ultimately give you a culturally sensitive approach to doing aid in developing countries.
Professors: Logan Sledge and Don Hooper
Travel Dates: tbd
Cost range: $3000-3500 (2022 estimated costs)
Additional estimate expenses: $300
Max Enrollment: 24
In As You Like It, Shakespeare has Jaques say, “All the world’s a stage, and the men and women merely players.” Shakespeare also said theatre, as an art form, is meant “to hold, as ‘twere, the mirror up to nature.”
In this course we will explore the idea that theatre is all around us, from social constructs, dialogue, ritual, costumes/clothing, spectacle, government, psychology, art and architecture, all of these helping to shape a cultural identity. Our goal will be to identify and examine the elements of theatre that are seemingly hiding in plain sight within a culture and to comparatively analyze these elements with the same elements in American culture.
• Explore how theatre permeates a culture, including cultural, material, social, ethical, and political, and religious factors.
• Understand historical aspects of theatre in the UK.
• Compare theatre in London, Scotland to theatre in the United States.
• Consider how theatre and storytelling is used to shape cultural identities in the UK.
Professor: Anne-Marie Bruner-Tracey
Cost: $0 (excepting textbooks)
Max Enrollment: 25
Life in a global society requires a clear understanding of the interactions between culture and communication. This course will facilitate the development of knowledge and skills necessary to the development of intercultural competence and will create opportunities to evaluate how one’s own cultural identity influences communication with others. The ability to value, respect and learn from diverse cultures races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions is critical for daily interactions and career readiness. Cultural intelligence underpins our ability to interact effectively across cultures, and this class aims to provide understanding and mindful skills to navigate the wide variety of cultural intersections we expect in life. Through lectures, class discussions, interactive activities, and case studies, this class allows students to apply personal knowledge and skills in preparation for a variety of communication contexts. A final presentation of a unique communication topic will be peer reviewed.
There is no prerequisite, and this class satisfies the Trek Culture graduation requirement.
Professors: Loren Demerath and Janine Gomezjurado Demerath
December Term Dates: tbd
Cost range: $500-600
Max Enrollment: 22
Our focus is on Latino culture as it exists in our own region of the “Ark-La-Tex”. We listen and dance to Latino music; cook and eat Latino food, sampling everything from restaurants to food trucks to snacks; learn about the Latino context of sports like soccer, baseball, and volleyball; look at examples of fashion and architecture; watch movies, music videos, and even a game show; read poetry displayed as graffiti; learn about social differences like “sobre mesa” (talking over the table), physical contact, and the significance of relationships and social life. We hear personal stories and talk with a range of guest speakers; and we share our own personal interests and research on a topic of each student’s choice.
While no knowledge of Spanish is required of students, all students will learn to speak at least some Spanish in the course of the module, and there will be many opportunities for those more experienced in Spanish to improve their facility with the language. Furthermore, since we’ll be reviewing academic research on Latino culture(s), even if you have a Latino background, you’ll learn a lot and are very welcome to take the course!
Professor: Andia Augustin-Billy
Term Dates: tbd
Max Enrollment: 15
For the North American tourist, the Caribbean evokes images of sun, white-sand beaches, and lush landscapes. This course will go beyond these idyllic images and examine the ways in which Caribbean women writers portray coming-of-age narratives in contemporary fiction and popular culture. We will study how young girls’ sexuality is profoundly intertwined with race, gender, and class in a setting that encourages an erasure of their sexuality. Along the way, we will discover how migration to the United States often disrupts and transforms the girls’ journey to womanhood and exposes diasporic preoccupations around issues of identity, power, and, subjectivity. Students will be enabled to develop openness and curiosity around a sensitive topic not often broached in cultural studies.
You'll let us know your course preferences by completing the Module Course Preference Form, which is opened consecutively by hours-based classification groups around the middle of the Fall semester. The form will go live to registration groups similar to the schedule below; each day an additional group gains access to the form for approximately 23 hours, and the form will close on the Friday.
Go Live time
Mon (Day 1) @ 7am
(until Tue @ 6.45am)
Tue (Day 2) @ 7am
(until Wed @ 6.45am)
Wed (Day 3) @ 7am
(until Thu @ 6.45am)
Thu (Day 4) @ 7am
(until Fri @ 2.30pm)
Payment schedules and amounts for each travelling May module are available from each module leader. Unless advised differently by the module leader, payments are due by the following dates.
* All deposits paid in the AY2022-23 cycle are refundable if the College is forced to cancel travel due to public health risks.
August and December module costs must be paid in full by 1 August and 20 November, respectively.
Passport Points may be redeemed towards modules in the following manners and amounts.
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