Accompanied by Associate Professors of Communication Olugbenga Ayeni and Denise Matthews, a group of 18 students traveled to London and Paris in late May to learn about different platforms of European media and how they compare to American media. The trip coincided with the students' European Media course taken prior to the trip, which covered all aspects of intercultural and global communication across media platforms.
From May 19-29, 12 Eastern students accompanied Art Professor Gail Gelburd on a global field course to Cuba. They went to the 11th Havana Biennale Festival, visited artists in the city, toured museums, art galleries and art schools, and also journeyed to Cienfuegos where they swam in the Bay of Pigs. Above, students watch a festival in Old Havana.
Biology students had the opportunity to participate in an intensive 12-day field experience in Costa Rica earlier this summer that focused on various aspects of tropical forest ecology and conservation issues confronting developing countries in the neotropics. The emphasis of the course was on basic aspects of tropical rainforest ecology and the natural history of tropical organisms. Students conducted field research projects on such topics as the peculiarities of tropical agriculture, the socioeconomic consequences of development in the tropics, and the conservation of tropical ecosystems.
Australia was the destination of a successful Global Field Study course covering 28 days in May and June for Eastern Visual Arts students. Biology students from Central Connecticut State University also went on the trip. Muriel Miller of the Eastern Visual Arts Department and Sylvia Halkin, Professor of Biology at CCSU, have taken students to study abroad for 11 years, five of these in Australia. The group visited the Museum of New South Wales, the Sydney Aquarium, Botanic Garden, and Koala Park Sanctuary in Sydney, and also spent time in Warrumbungles National Park, where students were able to observe kangaroos, many Australian birds and a remarkable pinnacled landscape. They also spent six days in Lamington National Park, a mountaintop rain forest, as well as a week at North Stradbroke Island, where the students did a workshop on the beach with a local Aboriginal artist who had collected red, yellow and black sand from different areas of the island. They also toured Uluru (Ayers Rock) and learned about the history and artwork of this unique area.