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FRANCE STUDY ABROAD
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MIAMI AS TEXT
These are not diaries or summaries of experiences. Miami as Texts projects are academic reflections that see students utilize a personal experience in a place as a starting point to reflect on a broader social, cultural, or historical issue.
FRANCE AS TEXT CONTEXT
The following contextual questions are only starting points for student France as Text academic reflections. The questions below are intended to foster reflection rather than dictate a specific subject. Students are encouraged to select a unique academic topic and are free to be as creative as they wish in the format they utilize. The topic, however, must be a subject discussed in class. Including accurate additional research is strongly encouraged.
The France as Text contextual questions are generally listed in chronological order.
FRANCE SPRING ENCOUNTER AS TEXT
You have just had your first official class meeting of France study abroad in January. Why are you in this class? Are you motivated, nervous? What do you know about France? What image does France conjure in your mind? Have you been there before? What are your expectations of the is program? What are you most looking forward to visiting? Why?
France Study Abroad Information
ENLIGHTENMENT AS TEXT
The Enlightenment is one of the most significant and revolutionary eras in human history. In the Enlightenment, the scientific method replaces religious faith and all social systems associated with it-monarchy, church, education. The three pilars of the Enlightenment are reason, science, and individualism.”The French revolutionaries meant to establish in place of the ancien régime a new reason-based order instituting the Enlightenment ideals of liberty and equality.” William Bristow What do you think of the Enlightenment? Can reason and faith be reconciled? How?
Course Context: Candide
HISTORIC MIAMI AS TEXT
The diversity of contemporary Miami is a result of its continuous population migration since the Spanish encountered the Tequesta in Biscayne Bay in 1513. In fact, after the Tequesta called Miami home for 2,000 years, no group has remained a majority for an extended period. Successive large migration groups include Spanish, Seminoles, Miccosukee, Bahamians, escaped slaves, British, Northern US settlers, Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans. What surprised you about this Walking Lecture? Where do you place yourself in the History of Miami?
Historic Miami Lecture Notes
REVOLUTION AS TEXT
The French Revolution was an attempt to entirely recreate society. The Revolution ended monarchy, separated the state from the church, introduced the concept of universal human rights, abolished nobility, abolished slavery, saw the birth of modern feminism, instituted the first decriminalization of homosexuality. The French Revolution also devolved into the Reign of Terror, murdering civilians and destroying cultural treasures. Assessing the effectiveness of the French Revolution is difficult. Which principles of the Revolution do you endorse? Which ones do you reject? When is violence justifiable in advancing universal human rights?
Course Context: Lost King of France
VIZCAYA AS TEXT
Villa Vizcaya is the single most influential cultural structure of 20th century Miami. James Deering was the wealthiest person in Miami building the largest and most opulent structure in early twentieth century Miami. Vizcaya’s Mediterranean Revival architectural style influenced the development of Coral Gables and other neighborhoods. Villa Vizcaya is where southern Europe lands in Miami. However, Vizcaya also ignores the Tequesta, Seminole, Miccosukee, and Bahamian roots and traditions of Miami. This lack of inclusivity portends the destructive relationship of Miami to its history. Villa Vizcaya, in its beauty and tragedy, embodies Miami.
Vizcaya Lecture Notes
WORLD WAR II AS TEXT
In relation to France Study Abroad, no event is closer to us. During the American Revolution, French troops crossed the Atlantic to help free the US of British rule. In World War II, The US then crosses the Atlantic to help free France from Nazi rule. Within France, World War II sees the best (French Resistance) and worst (Collaboration with the Nazis) of the French.
Course Context: MAUS, Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan
FRANCE SPRING DEPARTURE AS TEXT
That’s it. Spring Semester done. Next stop Paris. Go back and read your “France Spring Encounter as Text.” Ask yourself the same questions. What has changed for you since then?
France Study Abroad Destinations
OVER UNDER PARIS AS TEXT
Each student will select one individual metro stop in Paris. During the first week of classes, the student will visit that metro stop and reflect upon their first impressions of Paris by way of the metro stop. Students must go above ground and walk in at least a quarter mile radius around the metro stop. What is the neighborhood like? What type of businesses or monuments are there? Restaurants? Street food? How is Paris different than Miami? How is Paris similar to Miami? Which social and economic issues does the neighborhood make you reflect upon? Which cultural issues engage you?
Course Context: Over Under Paris as Text
VERSAILLES AS TEXT
REVOLUTIONARY PARIS AS TEXT
RESISTANCE AS TEXT
Reflection on Izieu, Lyon, and Plateau des Glieres.
NORMANDY AS TEXT
This project aims to develop the student’s personal relationship and experience with the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial (http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/no.php) and the men and women resting there. Each student is to select one person interred, research their life, and on location present a brief summary to the class. In addition, students must submit a digital Normandy as Text version of their project.
Normandy as Text
PERE LACHAISE AS TEXT
Students are to compare and contrast themselves to a historical figure interred at Pere Lachaise Cemetery: examine commonalities, highlight differences, and explore ambiguities. Students should particularly explore how the legacy of the chosen person relates to the pursuit of universal human rights or innovation. The innovation can be any discipline-the arts or science.
Père Lachaise as Text
FRANCE AS TEXT
Final Reflection on France Study Abroad.
EDITOR AND LAST UPDATE
John William Bailly 09 January 2023
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