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  • Locations: Lampedusa, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring Short-Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:

COM 370(1.5hrs): Mobility in and around the Island of Lampedusa


Lampedusa is a small island with about 6000 residents, plus anywhere between 400 and 1200 migrants and refugees arriving from the Mediterranean Sea. This course is based on a co-constructed model of knowledge and shared learning, as we work directly with local residents, students, community organizations, and businesses, as well as migrants and refugees, to teach and learn together across the island. 
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Overview COM 370: Mobility in and around the Island of Lampedusa
This course is based on a co-constructed model of knowledge and shared learning, as we work directly with local residents, students, community organizations, and businesses, as well as migrants and refugees, to teach and learn together across the island. 
 
Location Lampedusa is a small island with about 6000 residents, plus anywhere between 400 and 1200 migrants and refugees arriving from the Mediterranean Sea. Situated between Tunisia and Malta in the middle of the Mediterranean, this is the southernmost part of Italy. 
Academics COM 370(1.5hrs): Mobility in and around the Island of Lampedusa

The goal of this class is to connect you with migrants and refugees who have recently arrived or now live and work in Lampedusa, and with local residents, community organizations directly working with migrants and refugees, as well as local high school students. 

We will explore and experience the unique historical, political, and cultural position of Lampedusa, as a small island that geographically is part of Africa, but geopolitically serves as the gateway to Europe, as well as a dangerous and charged border that represents Europe’s colonial past, the current European Union “fortress Europe” mentality, and a possibly future porous, more open and welcoming border.

We will also develop a model of learning that is centered on critical listening, learning, sharing knowledge and stories not as finite and static, but as mobile and evolving, shareable with others, so they can teach others. The pedagogical model of this course, as traforato, is based on short-lectures and workshops that will take place on locations across the island (at the archives, at and art workshop, at the harbor where migrants and refugees arrive, in the turtle sanctuary, in the main square, plus other locations such as beaches, cemetery, lighthouses). This class explores how and why this island is at the center of discourses on immigration, mobility, race, and the history of colonialism between Europe and Africa.
Faculty Dr. Alessandra Von Burg
Associate Professor of Communications 
Email: beaslea@wfu.edu
336-758-5405
 
Accommodation Double occupancy rooms in a local hotel. 
 
Excursions - Rabbit and other local beaches 
- Turtle sanctuary
- Boat tour around the island
- Workshop with local artists
 
Selection The resident professor is responsible for the selection of each group based on the following criteria:

*Academic suitability
*Social and emotional maturity
*Seriousness of the student in pursuing the academic and cultural aims of the program
Costs The total cost of a spring short-term study abroad program can be broken down into three categories:

Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program. Program fee will also cover the cost of the group flight from Rome, Italy to Lampedusa. 
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. 

Program Fee (Estimated) - $1,700
Airfare from US to Rome, Italy (Estimated) - $1,200
Personal Expenses (Estimated) - $200
Estimated total cost - $3,100
Scholarships Scholarships are available through the Center for Global Programs and Studies.
Contact Dr. Alessandra Von Burg
Associate Professor of Communications 
Email: beaslea@wfu.edu
336-758-5405

Sean McGlynn
Senior Study Abroad Advisor 
mcglynsd@wfu.edu
336-758-3194
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This program is currently not accepting applications.