Learning Community Travels to Montreal
A total of 18 freshman in the “Travels and Transformations” Learning Community spent three days in Montreal, Quebec, with Dr. Mark Rice, Professor and Chair of American Studies, and Dr. Jim Bowman, Assistant Professor of English.
Rice teaches the “Americans Abroad” course, and Bowman teaches two sections of the corresponding English 101 course. Prior to their departure, the professors had students develop a range of topics they were interested in learning more about. Some of the topics included the experience of bilingualism, youth culture in Montreal, food, Quebecois history, and cultural identity. While they were there, the students worked in small groups and explored these topics via student-created itineraries designed to collect information and create experiences that emerged through classroom research that addressed curiosities about cultural life in Montreal.
After the trip, students were charged with writing short travel narratives that would help reveal meaningful details about the experience to 16 of their classmates who did not make the trip.
While it was the first trip of its kind for this learning community, Rice said he hopes to make the trip a regular event.