Lithuania is a culture where ancient religion and modern ideology is being challenged by Western consumer culture. North America is a secular, highly religious (often civil), pluralistic, producer of popular culture products exported on the global scale, while Lithuania is just 20 years beyond the Soviet Occupation. In this 6-week seminar, students from Eastern Mennonite University will join students at the LCC International University (in Klaipeda) to experience, observe, and learn from and with each other. Living and traveling with students, from Lithuania and other Eastern European countries is an amazing way to enter into the nexus of this rooted and changing culture. A special inquiry will explore the role of religion in the context of global change.
Students will use photography (no photography experience needed) as a way to immerse themselves in the culture, exploring old cities and Holocaust sites, cultural festivals and wind swept beaches, and finally something they discover that personally fascinates them. The experience will be capped by doing a photographic essay and creating a collaborative book of photographs.
Locations Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
Seminar Leaders: Jerry Holsopple, Visual & Communication Arts, and Carissa Luginbill
Estimated Cost: $7100 (subject to change)
CCSSC 201 Cross-Cultural Social Science, Religion and Cultural Change: Myths and Images of Post Modernity 3 SH
CCPHT 313 Photography of People and Place 3 SH
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