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8 Jan | Pilar Filgueira | No Comments

Around the Field: Photography History Course in Paris Dispels Assumptions, Deepens Cultural Understandings

Michael McCarthy, Director of Paris Institute for Creative Arts (PICA), a program that Athena co-founded with both McCarthy and Whittier College (CA), says that people think they know and understand photography because they see so many different photographs in so many different places every day. He quotes American documentary photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia, who once said, “photography …


18 Dec | Pilar Filgueira | No Comments

Aberdeen’s Team-Taught Genetics Course Popular Among Study Abroad Students

The Genetics course at Athena’s Scotland’s Program, hosted at the University of Aberdeen (GN3502), is open to study abroad students who go to the university during spring semesters, but it’s also a core course for third-year students in 28 of the university degree programs—ranging from genetics to immunology, developmental biology, molecular biology, and 24 others.  …


6 Dec | Pilar Filgueira | No Comments

GVSU’s Shama receives $8,000 Iavagnilio Scholarship to Study in Florence with Athena

Simeon Shama, a junior in fashion design and business at Grand Valley State University, is the 2020 recipient of Athena Study Abroad’s prestigious $8,000 Michele Iavagnilio Charitable Service Scholarship.  Simeon will study with Athena during the Spring semester at Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) in Florence, Italy. Shama, who designed his own academic program under GVSU’s …


21 Nov | Pilar Filgueira | No Comments

Kauffman Makes Overseas Post-College Plans after Cusco and Quito Courses, Internship

Emma Kauffman, a double major in Spanish and sociology at Grove City (PA) College, immersed herself in South American culture by tying together Athena Study Abroad’s J-term in Peru followed by Athena’s spring semester in Ecuador. Kauffman’s time in South America included a bus trip around Peru with her visiting mother, courses that she enjoyed …


8 Nov | Pilar Filgueira | No Comments

Around the Field: Useful Resource Complements Upcoming 2020 Forum Conference Theme

By Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D., MBA Manager of University Relations Athena Study Abroad   As study abroad professionals start thinking about and preparing for the Forum on Education Abroad conference in Kansas City in March 2020, the theme of which is “Education Abroad at a Crossroads: Actions for a Sustainable Future,” a recent book may …


24 Oct | Pilar Filgueira | No Comments

Around the Field: US Psych Course Gains Refugees Element in Heidelberg

The College of New Jersey’s psychology course, Psychology of Power, Oppression, and Privilege, has been taught for years, by many professors, in Ewing Township (NJ) the course took on a whole new dimension when taught during Spring 2019 at Athena’s Germany program hosted at the European Study Center, in Heidelberg, Germany. As the course syllabus …



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