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Summer 2021 Trips

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Cinema and Literature in Rome

FacultyDr. Alice Bardan

Alice Bardan was educated in Europe and the United States. She holds a Ph.D. in English and Visual Studies from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and she has been teaching at MSMU since 2016. Her research has appeared in in several edited collections and academic journals and she is currently completing a book on contemporary European cinema.

Course Two: Space and Memory: Cinema in Rome, Rome in Cinema: This course will explore the relationship between Italian cinema and the city of Rome from the 1940s to the present. Building on an analysis of groundbreaking films produced in the Italian capital in the 1940s, we will examine the ways in which subsequent Italian film production has responded or reacted to the influence of the neorealist directors and to their vision of Roman society. Students will have an opportunity to explore some of the iconic locations of Italian cinema as well as some of the city’s less well-known sites, observing different uses of the cityscape by different directors. Last but not least, we will take a trip to the national film studio, Cinecittà, once the largest filmmaking venue in Europe.

Course One: Rome and Its Landmarks: The course will examine works of literature that reflect how over the centuries, various writers have been inspired by Rome, a cityscape steeped in history and myth. In the 17th and 19th century, writers came to Rome in  droves (Grand Tourists, Romantics, Victorians) to find inspiration in the city’s ruins and study its works of art. Each week, we will trace their footsteps through the city and read from their works, trying to understand what it is about the “Eternal City” that fascinated them. Students are encouraged to look beyond the veneer of the Rome depicted in travel guides and observe the ways in which this Mediterranean city, so thoroughly rooted in history and the concept of “empire,” struggles with European issues such as migration and social justice.

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HealthCare Research in Mexico

Faculty: Dr. Stephen Inrig, Associate Professor, Health Care Policy and Management, PhD, Duke University (History)

Dr. Inrig is an expert in healthcare policy. He is currently the director of interdisciplinary healthcare research, the director of our MA in Health Policy and Administration at MSMU. Dr. Inrig has a robust research agenda with 43 peer reviewed publications, and has multiple – ongoing and completed- supported health care policy projects. Dr. Inrig is currently studying the effect of organizational and county-level cancer service capacity on breast and colorectal cancer screening outcomes in urban and rural settings in the state of Texas. At MSMU, Dr. Inrig has directed undergraduates in a Keck Foundation funded summer research program.

Recent publications include: Inrig, Stephen and Michael Merson, (2018) The HIV/AIDS Pandemic: The Search for a Global Response. New York: Oxford University Press.

Description: Formed in collaboration with local non-profits and faith communities in Baja, Mexico, Dr. Inrig has created The Collaborative Health Initiative/ Colaboración en iniciativa de salud in the San Quintin Valley and the town of Vicente Guerrero in Baja.  Working with three anchor organizations – ReachBaja, Iglesia La Puerta Abierta, Ancla Eterna A.C – and a group of about 20 stakeholder organizations and government entities (dubbed the Anhelo Community Association of Vicente Guerrero), Dr. Inrig is training local health providers and Mount Saint Mary’s students how to conduct,analyze, and communicate results of a community needs assessment. The long-term goal is to quantify and map the health and social needs of all the main communities in the San Quintin Valley, with the goal of developing community-based development strategies that will produce sustainable improvement over time.

Participating Mount Saint Mary’s students will learn how to: a) conduct community health needs assessments; b) collaborate with local care providers and stakeholders, c) analyze geospatially structured health and demographic data; d) communicate relevant results to community stakeholders; and e) gain experience in community-based participatory development projects.

Subject: Global HealthCare Policy;  Center for Global Initiatives’s Borderland Project

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Summer Study Abroad in Cusco

Faculty: Dr. Juana Moriel-PayneJohnny Payne

The MFA in Creative Writing program is proud to announce its summer study abroad program in Cusco, Peru. Courses will be taught in English, although students may write in Spanish if they choose. This experience includes excursions to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu, as well as outings to pulsating restaurants, museums and cultural venues in Cusco. Accommodations and classes will be held at Hotel Tierra Viva-Cusco and Hotel Tierra Viva-Aguascalientes. The people of Cusco are warm and hospitable and the city is most welcoming for exploring its historic offerings.

Course One: Bilingual Non-Fiction: Crónica: (Dr. Juana Moriel-Payne) Since its beginning after the European and (Latin) American encounter, to the Twentieth Century, Latin American Chronicle has observed the complex reality of urban spaces. It has included journalistic and literary elements, with a narrator/observer that is emotionally involved in his/her socio-historical narratives, perceptions that makes the genre a subjective one. In this sense, chroniclers are enunciator-narrators who take a significant distance from journalism to transgress the official-social representations by exposing social tensions and conflicts.

Course Two: Latin American Short Story and Poetry: (Johnny Payne) This course will introduce you to major writers of Latin America in two genres in the 20th century. Writers famous internationally, such as poets Borges, Neruda Mistral, are accompanied by writers influential within Latin America. In fiction, the extraordinary explosion of short fiction writers—Lugones, Quiroga, Hernández, Carpentier, Rulfo, Cortázar, Vargas Llosa, Lispector, and numerous others—gives evidence of an equally fertile century for narrators. The focus will be mainly on reading this literature and writing your own short stories and poetry, as we also put these modernist writings into their cultural and historical context to make sense of what Eduardo Galeano calls “The Century of the Wind.”

When: June 2nd - June 17th, 2021

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United Kingdom: Distinguished Global Scholars in International Social Welfare

FacultyDr. Michelle Melendres

Explorica will be providing a Tour Director who is an expert on the United Kingdom – local laws, local customs, local norms. Upon arrival to Scotland and England, our licensed Tour Director will provide an introduction to each respective area to help students get acclimated and know their bearings. Various points of discussion will include logistical and historical orientation information as well as topics to build upon as noted in the cultural and educational site visits. Additionally, the Explorica Tour Director is a full-time individual who will be on tour 24/7, being a point of contact for any possible emergencies while abroad.

When: May 24 – June 7, 2021

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