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Journeys Through My Eyes – Fashion Capitals: Image and Industry

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing a student perspective on Journeys 2021 #JourneysFashionCapitals21

Jenny Hu ’24 shared her perspective on her Journeys section as well as some images of the experience!

“After watching the film ” The True Cost”, it really makes me rethink about whether or not buying fast fashion clothing. We, as American, living in a first world country, having this kind of privilege, we are making profit from these poor workers who are risking their lives to make clothes for us with mini wages of $2 per day, I think it is not ethical to let this situation keep going.”

Thank you, Jenny, for your reflection on our use of fast fashion. We’re glad the film helped you to think about your global impact!

For Journeys Fashion Capitals: Image and Industry, we had the pleasure to work with Customized Educational Programs Abroad and Education Travel Adventures. Please find more information about CEPA and Education Travel Adventures on their respective websites, linked here – CEPA, Education Travel Adventures

Journeys Through My Eyes – Marronage, Freedom, and Resistance in the African Diaspora

We are excited to continue sharing our students’ perspectives on their Global Journeys this year. Today, we will be sharing two student perspectives on Journeys 2021 #JourneysAfricanDiaspora21

Destiny Tisdale ’24 shares her reflection on her Journeys experience (and her photos!)

“I enjoyed the virtual experience a lot! It was great speaking to people that were all over the world! Of course I wish it could have been in person and zoom fatigue did occur, I think it was great to experience the virtual reality of the world!”

Thank you so much for your insight and wonderful photos, Destiny!

Hannah Savage ’24 also shared her experience and photos with us.

“I learned so many amazing things from my Journey’s week. It was such a blessing to be given the opportunity to interact with and learn about the history and culture of people who are literally in the same state as me. This experience has opened my eyes to so many interesting ideas and made me realize how truly beautiful and unique people can be.”

Thank you so much for your reflection and photos, Hannah!

For Journeys Marronage, Freedom, and Resistance in the African Diaspora, we had the pleasure to work with Learn from Travel and Education Travel Adventures. Please find more information about Learn from Travel and Education Travel Adventures on their respective websites, linked here – Learn From Travel, Education Travel Adventures

Global Journeys 2022

The Center for Global Learning is excited to present the Global Journeys courses for Spring 2022! We know that many of you have been waiting eagerly for this moment, and so have we. Learn all about them below:

Art and Influence, Dr. Nell Ruby (Planned Global Destination: Navajo Nation)

  • This course will focus on images, power and politics in the Navajo Nation. In addition to reading and writing about global patterns and power structures, we will study the impact of art on the recollection of history and the formation of culture. In addition to written work, we will use various materials to make visual, theatrical, musical, digital and experiential responses to what we learn about this inspiring indigenous culture.

(Post)Colonial Legacies, Dr. Philip Ojo (Planned Global Destination: Martinique)

  • Within the framework of complex, interdependent relationships across the globe, this course examines the postcolonial legacies as a direct result of the colonial experience: how slavery and colonization have shaped and are still shaping the connections between marginalized and dominant cultures.  The course focuses on the articulation of displacement, Eurocentrism, creolization, socio-economic inequalities, community, and contemporary global exchange patterns and networks.  Thanks to the immersion experience (GBL 103), the course offers opportunities for global connections in forms of exchanges and conversations, experiential/service learning, as well as explorations of communities where (post)colonial legacies are most prevalent.  The learning experiences will enable students to
  • a) identify, describe and evaluate critical assumptions surrounding global processes, systems and issues;
  • b) recognize varied perceptions and viewpoints of self and other cultures; and
  • c) engage in meaningful intercultural communication.

The Art of Politics and the Politics of Art, Dr. Yael Manes (Planned Global Destination: Tuscany)

  • This course will inquire into the relationship between art and politics by using Renaissance Florence as a case study. During the historical period known as the Renaissance, ruling classes from all over Europe used art to acquire power and perform their authority. The city of Florence was at the center of this type of political performance and Florentine artists were diligently sought after by the rulers of France, Hungary, Russia, and Poland, among other places. The course will offer an introduction to the history of political and artistic patronage in Renaissance Florence and will examine the roles that Renaissance painting

Cultural Mediterranean, Dr. Reem Bailony (Planned Global Destination: Morocco)

  • The course posits the Mediterranean as a past and present space of cross-cultural encounter. In doing so, it encourages the following learning objectives:
  • Challenge the bounded histories of the Mediterranean by exploring the transnational cultural, political, and economic dynamics that define its past and present. 
  • Explore the history and place of marginalized communities in the history of Morocco and the Mediterranean.
  • Bring awareness to the effects of modern migration policies on shaping travel across the Mediterranean. 
  • Demonstrate global engagement through blog writing, class discussion, and course reflections.

Decolonizing Conservation, Dr. Jennifer Kovacs (Planned Global Destination: Alaska)

  • This course will explore the history and future of conservation biology and ecology through the lens of decolonization. We will study the often problematic history of conservation efforts, with a particular focus on the establishment of national parks in the United States. We will contrast those historical efforts with more recent partnerships between government agencies, tribal councils, non-profit groups, indigenous communities, and other stakeholders especially in efforts to mitigate and the effects of climate change. Additionally, we will spend time exploring the often complimentary role that Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) can play in ecology and the sciences. And finally, students will recognize the role they themselves can play in conservation projects through participation in a community science project with a critical/constructive eye to the impacts of ecotourism on communities.

Germany, Europe, and a Globalized Word, Dr. Graml Gundolf (Planned Global Destination: Germany/German-speaking areas of Europe)

  • This course focuses on the role of Germany in a globalized world. How has Germany transformed from an empire to a dictatorship to one of the leading democratic countries in the European Union? How is Germany interacting with global developments in politics, science, culture? And how are the ideas and definitions of who and what is “German” changing in the context of today’s global world? These are some of the questions we will pursue in this course. Students will have the opportunity to engage with community and political leaders, entrepreneurs, and artists at sites such as Berlin, Leipzig, and Dresden.

Fashion, Ethics, and Capitalism, Dr. Willie Tolliver (Planned Global Destination: Paris)

  • This course will focus on the role of Paris as a primary site of fashion creativity, innovation, commerce, history, politics, and controversy.  Specific issues for scrutiny will include: fashion history, fashion theory, the fashion system, fashion capitals, film and fashion, and fashion as expression of gender and ethnic identities. The Paris travel experience will include such sites as the archives of iconic fashion designers, renowned fashion design schools, ateliers of fashion craftsmen, cultural institutions created by fashion houses, various environments of consumption, significant historical fashion locations, and vibrant fashionable contemporary immigrant neighborhoods. The course will finally investigate how fashion does or does not do social justice by considering such topics as fashion and globalization, fashion and ethics, the political dimensions of fashion, the impact of French colonialism, the dynamics of the fashion industry, race and racism in the fashion world, and feminism and fashion.

Identity, Globalization and Social Change, Dr. Mina Ivanova (Planned Global Destination: Bulgaria)

  • This course examines the constitution of individual, collective, and diasporic identity and the impact of globalization on communities that have undergone profound political, economic, and social transitions. How does a group come to experience itself as a “People” or a “Nation”? What does it mean to share a transnational “European” or a diasporic identity? How is identity negotiated over time through major internal and geopolitical shifts? How do the forces of globalization, cultural, economic, and political imperialism shape local cultures and what form does resistance to them take? We will engage these questions through the case study of Bulgaria, an Eastern European country at an ever-shifting crossroads between “East” and “West,” tradition and modernity, communism and democracy. Apart from introducing students to the country’s history and culture, this course invites them to think critically about global issues as they are expressed in the many transformations the Bulgarian society has undergone in the past 150 years.
  • This course approaches its subject primarily through the perspective of the communication discipline. We will  immerse ourselves in intercultural learning about Bulgarian culture and communities through lectures, discussions, readings, and critical analysis of literary works, monuments, film, and other texts. These learning experiences will prepare students to (1) identify, explain, and analyze global themes, processes, and systems by drawing comparatively on examples from Bulgaria and other contexts, (2) compare and contrast the impact global processes on dominant and marginalized cultures through examples from their enrichment experience with Bulgaria and other contexts (3) engage in meaningful intercultural interactions that enhance their ability to engage across differences and to reflect on their own values, ethics, and assumptions.

Marronage, Freedom and Resistance, Dr. Regine Jackson (Planned Global Destination: Jamaica)

  • Independent communities made up of people who escaped plantation life – called maroons — were created throughout the Americas, especially in Brazil, Jamaica, Haiti and Suriname. This class focuses on maroon societies in Jamaica as sites of resistance and freedom in the African diaspora. The concept of “marronage” will help us understand how strategies of resistance designed to escape or challenge racial oppression, gender-based violence, and capitalist exploitation in the past, continue to be significant in the present day.  We will explore the social, political, economic, spiritual and cultural institutions formed by maroon communities in Charles Town, Moore Town and Port Royal, JA. We will learn about the alternative lifestyles and worldviews that come out of traditions rooted in continental Africa, but, at the same time, are grounded in the local environments where they developed and adapted to contemporary circumstances. We will explore related processes of place-making and cultural creation in a variety of forms. In short, the rich and complex history of maroon communities will be a prime example of the multiple geographies of resistance where oppressed groups struggle against domination, assert their self-determination, and claim space. 

Music, Arts, and Community, Dr. Tracey Laird (Planned Global Destination: Sea Islands, U.S.)

  • Music and other arts emerge from the collective histories and experiences of communities.  We use the word “culture” to encompass facets of identity and everyday life: from the food people cook to their attitudes toward the land, the songs they teach their children to the languages they speak.  To encounter a different culture is an opportunity to gain insight at once into the shared humanity of all people, and into joys and struggles that may be unique.  In the Sea Islands, a coastal corridor of barrier islands protecting the southeastern US coast, distinct ecology and geographic isolation have nurtured a distinctive community.  The Gullah Geechee people are descendants of Africans once enslaved on the rice and indigo plantations of the Atlantic coast, and their contemporary traditions maintain historical links to life and culture of coastal western Africa.  
  • This course will explore the Gullah Geechee community with connections to music, arts, religion, environmentalism, governance, education, and other aspects of identity, within the larger context of American history. Literature, film, music, podcasts, and readings will prepare us to experience distinct traditions like seagrass basket weaving, to tour sites related to critical issues of Gullah Geechee life including climate change, tourism, cultural preservation, and economics, and to interact with community leaders. Throughout the course, we will question our own roles as travelers, seeking to recognize how preconceptions and personal biases may color our interactions with people. At the same time, we seek to learn about the rich heritage of Gullah Geechee people, and the historical and current challenges shaping their lives in ways both familiar and distant from our own.

Journeys Through My Eyes – Industrialization and the Scientific Progress, Benefits and Costs

Today, we continue our Journeys Through My Eyes series with Journeys 2021 #Industrialization21

Leila Reed ’24 shares her thoughts on her Journey section along with some photos below

“This virtual journeys trip helped me learn the cultures in both Manchester and Chicago through the various tours ranging from Liverpool to the Argonne National Lab. One day of the virtual experience we learned about the history of the different architecture styles found in Chicago which was my favorite zoom call because the tour guide was passionate about the topic. It was really interesting to learn where the architectural influences came from and which architect preferred which style.”

Thank you for sharing, Leila!

For Journeys Industrialization and Scientific Progress, we had the pleasure to work with Learn from Travel and Customized Educational Programs Abroad. Please find more information about Learn from Travel and CEPA on their respective websites, linked here – Learn From Travel, CEPA

Join us for the SUMMIT Signature Lecture on Women & Peacebuilding

On Wednesday, April 14, 6:30pm, Dr. Jennifer Burnet will deliver a lecture, “Women & Peacebuilding: Lessons from Post-Genocide Rwanda.” An Associate professor of Anthropology at Georgia State University, Dr. Burnet has conducted field research in the affected region and published her insights in the award-winning book, Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory & Silence in Rwanda (2012). The event is free and open to the public, please register here.

Journeys Through My Eyes – Migration and Art in the Open City


Over these next couple of weeks, we are featuring student perspectives on the Global Journeys virtual immersion experience this year.

Today, we continue with Journeys 2021 #Migration&Art21

Jordan Hood ’24 shared her reflection and photos from this experience with us:

“My group and I traveled between New York and Mexico. It was nice to take virtual tours in these places, but considering I’d never been to either place, I wish we could have gone physically. Especially with the architecture of Puebla, the landscapes and historical landmarks were breathtaking. And with New York, I would have liked to tour it with Rachel Eliza Griffiths, our poet-presenter. Being her homestead, and where most of her poem inspiration comes from, I would have liked to chat and eat with her about her experiences.”

Thanks for sharing, Jordan!

Journeys Through My Eyes: (Post)Colonial Legacies

Over these next couple of weeks, we are featuring student perspectives on the Global Journeys virtual immersion experience this year.

We are continuing with Journeys 2021 #JourneysPostcolonial21:

We were fortunate enough to have two students share their experience in this class.

Kit Tures ’24 shared their reflection and experience via an Instagram takeover:

“My journeys experience was meaningful because I enjoyed the broad cultural overview that we covered. Our speaker was very engaging, and I learned an incredible amount about the gender disparity in Martinique. I especially liked the attitude that the speaker held towards Carnival and the freedom it allows everyone.”

Thanks, Kit! Your artwork is phenomenal.

Maleah Slade ’24 also shared her experience:

“(Post)Colonial Legacies allowed me to take part in cooking classes that not only taught how to prepare dishes from the domestic/international locations, but also taught the history of those locations. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and answered every question my classmates and I had. This Journeys trip allowed me to experience the culture and tradition of Martinique and New Orleans from the comfort of my own home.”

Thank you, Maleah! Your food looked like it turned out amazing.

For Journeys (Post)Colonial Legacies, we had the pleasure to work with Global Works. Please find more information about Global Works on their website, linked here – Global Works Travel.

Journeys Through My Eyes: Islamic Art & Culture

Over the next couple of weeks we will feature the perspective of students who participated in this year’s virtual Global Immersion experience.

We start with Journeys 2021 #IslamicArtCulture:

Afnan Mahmud ’24 shared her experience with us:

“I had a great time participating in the workshop throughout the week. We learned the basics of calligraphy, geometric art, and Arabian Coffee! We also cooked CousCous and made hummus from scratch. Not to mention learning illumination art and the basics of belly dancing! The smell of cloves in my kitchen will forever remind me of the people we met and the knowledge we gained from them while having fun! It was a great bonding experience for me. And although it was virtual, Dr. Iqbal tried her best to make peak week special for us and it showed! I am very lucky to have received the appropriate tools to participate in the workshops.”

Thank you for sharing, Afnan! It looks like you had an amazing time.

For Journeys Islamic Art and Architecture, we had the pleasure to work with Institute for American Universities and Education Travel Adventures. Please find more information about our program providers on their respective websites, linked here – Institute for American Universities, Education Travel Adventures

Global Journeys Goes Virtual

Update March 8: As the class of 2024 is connecting with people, communities, and sites around the globe you can follow along by joining the ASC Global 2021 Facebook Group.

In a bit less than a week, Agnes Scott’s first-year class will begin their week-long Global Immersion Experience. Of course, no virtual learning format can substitute for the stimulation provided by physical travel. While the COVID pandemic forced us to abandon all actual travel, the creative and tireless work of the Journeys faculty leaders has resulted in a range of outstanding global learning opportunities that involve renowned international scholars and activists, bestselling authors, local community leaders, and innovative forms of synchronous and asynchronous engagement. We look forward to the time when the class of 2024 will be able to explore the world through study abroad travel. For now, we keep rooting for them as they lay the foundation for the global perspectives that will guide their learning.

Here are the topics of this year’s thirteen Journeys courses with a few examples from their virtual itineraries.

Journeys Astronomy and Discovery, led by Dr. Amy Lovell, will engage students in global learning by connecting with sites and communities in Florida and Puerto Rico. The Peak Week schedule includes 3D video tours of the Kennedy Space Center and the ISS as well as meetings with scholars and students from the University of Central Florida who work on the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Workshops with Puerto Rican community representatives, with a historian of the Puerto Rican diaspora, and with local environmental groups in both Florida and Puerto Rico will enable students to learn about local and regional sustainability efforts.

Journeys Diversity and Health, led by Dr. Erin Bradley, provides students with insights into the public health system of Ecuador and Florida. During virtual visits and workshops with the Otavalo Health Clinic and the Chota Valley Cooperative in Ecuador, students will learn about indigeneous approaches to medicine. Conversations with the Overtown Green Haven Project in Miami will enrich students’ knowledge about the connection between environmental conservation and public health. Through virtual meetings with the Ecuadorian League of South Florida students will learn about the global cultural links between the U.S. and Ecuador.

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Happy Study Abroad Day 2021!

The COVID pandemic frames this anniversary in a completely new way. In the Center for Global Learning we know that so many of you had to cancel or shift plans, we know that you are longing for the moment to pick up your delayed dreams of studying abroad for a summer, a semester, or the academic year. All we can say right now is — “Hang in there, we are with you!”

Despite the pandemic, global learning is continuing and it might help to take some solace from the fact that education and learning are part of the “long game.” We want to mark this unique Study Abroad Day with a special episode on the Agnes Scott Leading Everywhere podcast series. Listen to Hannah Brendell ‘2021 conversing with alums Na Than ’13 and Tehseen Dossul ’11 how being proficient in multiple languages has helped them navigate different work and learning environments and prepare for international careers.

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