Vienna, Austria

Summer Session I (2015) with Dr. Ulrike Wiethaus- Vienna, Austria

REL 101 or REL 390

This course offers an interdisciplinary study of community, meaning, and val-ue as expressed in religious experience across centuries. On the basis of select site-specific case studies, we will engage with a wide spectrum of religious or spiritually inspired texts and practices that have shaped and are shaping a vibrant contemporary cityscape. We will take advantage of our location by exploring Vienna’s unique religious east/west axis and its legacy as the historical gathering place for a diversity of cultures from pre-history to the present such as Islam, Buddhism, Christian Orthodox Communities, Roma People’s Lifeways, and Ashkenazi and Sephardic Judaism.
Reflections on methodology and the contemporary relevance of religion will emerge through intense engagement with texts, events, site-specific research, and field trips. Explorations of the ideas of Freud, examinations of the prehistoric icon, Venus of Willendorf, and visits to famous cemeteries and catacombs are just a few of the topics we will explore. For each class session, students will prepare discussion points, reflective insights, and a summary of assigned readings and films. The instructor will provide introductory lectures as necessary; our main focus will be on the discussion, compari-son, and reflection of experiential explorations of Vienna’s religious landscapes and secondary and primary materials.

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Religions in Indonesia

WFU Summer – Indonesia and the Netherlands: Ramadan Observed

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Location
Indonesia is a vast archipelago located in Southeast Asia made up over 17,000 islands. It has the world’s fourth largest population and is home to the world’s largest population of Muslims. Given its sprawling location and abundant natural resources, Indonesia has a rich history of being an important trade region, bringing a large and diverse foreign influence that has impacted many aspects of its culture, as well as its identity.

The Netherlands is a country with over 16 million people on an area roughly twice the size of New Jersey, it’s a densely populated country with its gorgeous capital Amsterdam being just one of many interesting cities. Once a great naval power, this small nation boasts a wealth of cultural heritage and is famous for its painters, windmills, clogs and notoriously flat lands. A modern European country today, it preserved its highly international character and is known for its liberal mentality.

Duration
Summer II, 2014

Academic Program
REL 390 Ramadan Observed (3hrs)
During this course we will study, observe and participate in events surrounding the Islamic fasting of Ramadan as this special month is celebrated in Indonesia and in the Netherlands. Indonesia is the largest Muslim majority country in the world. Ramadan is part of daily culture and religious life and expressed through special preaching and prayer events, festivals, celebrations and forms of popular culture such as publications and movies. Muslims in the Netherlands are a minority. They have to adapt to the surrounding society when fasting and find ways to express their religious identity in a multi-cultural environment. We will compare how Muslims in the two countries experience this special month of the Islamic year and how the non-Muslim environment engages with them during this time.

We will stay three weeks in Yogyakarta, on the island of Java and two weeks in Amsterdam. During our studies we will join Indonesian and Dutch students to discuss topics of inclusion and exclusion, belonging to a majority or minority religious community, and the rituals and practices surrounding Ramadan.

Excursions/Highlights
In Yogyakarta we will make various excursions, for example to the Sultan’s palace and mosque, the Buddhist shrine of Borobudur and the Hindu Prambanan. In Amsterdam we will visit mosques, schools, Muslim media as well as other institutions that focus on minority questions in the Netherlands such as the Jewish Museum and the Anne Frank House.

Accommodations
Hotels and student housing.

Costs
The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:
*Program Fee – Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
*Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2013 summer rate was $880/per credit hour. Expect a slight increase for Summer 2014.
*Airfare – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
*Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the student’s spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.

Program Fee – TBA
Tuition (3hrs) – $2,640
Airfare (estimated) – TBA
Personal Expenses (estimated) – TBA
Estimated total cost – TBA

Financial Aid/Scholarships
Scholarships available through Center for International Studies

Criteria
Good academic standing
All majors accepted

Contact Information
Nelly van Doorn-Harder, Professor of Religion
758-3945
vandoopa@wfu.edu

Morocco Summer Program

Fez, Morocco

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Location
Morocco is a country of many contrasts, where centuries-old traditions and modern technology are at the heart of dynamic and hospitable culture. From the Roman ruins of Volubilis and the medieval cities of Marrakesh and Fez with their famous souks (markets), to the high-rise financial district of Casablanca, from the mountains and desert of the interior to the long stretches of coastal beaches, from the couscous and tajines to every kind of European cuisine, Morocco offers its visitors the unique example of a country whose deeply rooted cultural values have accommodated ideas and practices of its European neighbors.

Wake Forest University’s Fez Summer Program is based at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF). The Institute is housed in a large Moorish-style villa situated in a residential neighborhood and is within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, and cafes. ALIF has a specialized library, a collection of Arabic films, a satellite television, and a computer center with e-mail access.

The WFU/Morocco program is offered on alternating years with the WFU/Egypt program.

Duration
Summer Session I, late May to early July, 2014

Academic Program
A Wake Forest faculty member serves as resident professor in Fez to oversee program academics. Courses taught by resident professor and professors at ALIF to include 6 hours of either Arabic or French and one 3-hour course (REL 362: Islam in Morocco) from the resident professor’s discipline for a total of 9hrs of credit. Academic study is enriched by a cultural immersion experience through homestays with Moroccan families and various excursions.

Language course offerings will be Beginning Arabic, Intermediate Arabic, or Intermediate French. In addition to the language course, students can also take Moroccan Arabic for an extra fee. Students receive 3 hours of Wake Forest credit for the area studies course and 6 hours of transfer credit for the intensive language course. Non-Wake Forest students who are applying for this program are encouraged to contact the Center for International Studies regarding how the courses are transcripted.

The 2014 summer Wake Forest resident professor will be Senior Lecturer of Religion and Arabic, Darlene May. Professor May will teach the 3hr WFU course REL 362 – Topics in Islam: Islam in Morocco, that will be taken in addition to the 6hrs of intensive language creidt at ALIF. REL 362 is a course designed to to provide students with a foundation of Islam as a system of beliefs and practices, especially as they manifest in Morocco. The course will also examine Islam’s history, its cultural institutions, the uniqueness of the Arabic language, and the meeting of East and West in the Islamic world, partcularly in Morocco.

Excursions and Cultural Activities
Excursions may include weekend trips to the following places:
*Meknes, Volubilis, Moulay Idriss
*Middle Atlas (Azrou, Um al-Rabi’a)
*Desert excursion (overnight)
*Rabat (overnight)

There is a planned 4-day excursion to Marrakesh, Essaouira, and Casablanca at the end of the program. Cities are subject to change.

Accommodations
Students are matched with homestay families in Fez according to the language they choose to study. Students stay in hotels during the various excursions.

Costs
The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:
*Program Fee – Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
*Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2013 summer rate was $880/per credit hour.
*Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
*Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students’ spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.

Program Fee (estimated) – $3,950
Tuition (3hrs) – $2,640
Airfare (estimated) ~ $1,800
Personal Expenses (estimated) ~ $600
Estimated total cost – $8,990

Selection Criteria
*Good academic standing
*Interest in Moroccan culture and languages

Scholarships
Please contact the Center for International Studies for information on summer scholarships.

Contact Information
Professor Darlene May, 2014 Resident Professor
Senior Lecturer of Religion and Arabic
Phone: (336) 758 5908
E-mail: maydr@wfu.edu

Dr. Michaelle Browers, Program Director & Professor of Political Science
Phone: (336) 758 3535
E-mail: browerm@wfu.edu

Arabic Language Institute Website: www.alif-fes.com