APRIL 2, 2015
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Focusing on writings by and about the Caribbean nation of Grenada, we travel to select locations in Georgia, South Carolina, and Grenada, West Indies to more thoroughly and critically examine how selected fictional writings illustrate and explore black Atlantic connections. The first week includes stays in Savannah and Charleston, along the Gullah-Gechee cultural heritage corridor. Excursions to places such as Sapelo Island, the Old Slave Mart Museum (Charleston), and Pin Point Heritage Museum (Savannah) will offer in depth views of the settings and cultures at the heart of our fictional readings. The shift to the Caribbean island, Grenada and its extended territorial island, Carriacau, brings the international and transnational dimensions of our study. Here, students will see the world that spawned Paule Marshall's fictional place of redemption and rebirth, Audrey Lorde's mythical narration of identity, and Merle Collins's fictional recreation and reimagination of pre-Revolution Grenada. Connections drawn by students through class lectures, readings and excursions will make clearer the meaning of terms such as transnational, hybridity, and global within the context of lived experience and contemporary realities. Although the focus is African spirituality, students will explore by necessity (because African derived spirituality does not separate the sacred and the secular), cultural elements such as language, food, dance, music, and art.
In Savannah, GA students will stay in dormitories at Savannah State University. The group will stay in the Holiday Inn North for the over night stay in Charleston , SC. The two weeks in Grenada will include air-conditioned accommodations at local lodgings within sight of and walking proximity to the brilliant blue waters of the Caribbean. The Grenada leg of the program includes stays in the capital city, St. George's; the fisherman's village, Gouyave, and the island teritory, Carriacou.
Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.
The program is open to undergraduate students who meet all academic requirements of Georgia State University's English Department for the English 4200
course. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
CREDITS AND COURSES
Participants who successfully complete the program’s course will receive 3.0 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Students should register for English 4200
. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $3,165
regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost. Students must submit a $100. nonrefundable deposit with submitted applications. After acceptance, installment payments must be made, with the final payment due by April 31, 2015
. Money orders and cashier’s checks are accepted and should be addressed to Georgia State University. Credit and debit card payments are also allowed.
Program Cost Includes
• Round-trip airfare
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
$100.00 Deposit with application
February $1000.00 First Payment
March $1000.00 Second Payment
April 31, 2015 $1065.00 Remaining balance
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Program Deposit Payments
: Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS. Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
Program Payments and Remaining Program Balance
: Other than the initial program deposit, all program payments—along with the remaining program balance—will be billed directly to your student account. Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.
FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit mystudyabroad.gsu.edu
and select the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 for more information.
Students must submit a deposit with applications. Academic eligibility must be confirmed to finalize acceptance. Students interested in applying should begin an online application by clicking "Apply Now" at the top or bottom of this program page. Transient students,
please see the Transients Student section under the Explore & Apply tab or by clicking here
at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
June 1 [Monday] Travel to Gullah-Geechee Corridor; 2 hr class meeting after arrival
June 2 [Tuesday] Sapelo Island trip; 3hrs. class session
June 3 [Wednesday] Geechee Kunda Cultural Center (Riceboro)
June 4 [Thursday] 3hrs. class session
June 5 [Friday] 1 hour pre travel class session; Travel to Charleston; Gullah Tour
June 6 [Saturday] Old Slave Mart Museum; 3hrs. class session
June 7 [Sunday] Flight to Grenada (St. George's); 1 hour class meeting after arrival
June 8 [Monday] Tour St. George's University; Market Square; Fort George; 3 hr class (with 1 hour guest lecture)
June 9 [Tuesday] 3 hrs. class
June 10 [Wednesday] Belmont Estate, Carib's Leap
June 11 [Thursday] 3 hrs. class (with 1 hour guest lecture)
June 12 [Friday] Gouyave (fisherman's village)
June 13 [Saturday] Gouyave, return to St. George; 3hrs class
June 14 [Sunday] Lunch and tour of Mt. Pleasant area (The Moritz Community); Travel to Carriacou; 2 hr class session
June 15 [Monday] Tour Tibo's Well; The Windward Community; Hospital; African Heritage Festival Site; 1 hr class session
June 16 [Tuesday] Churches and Burial Sites; Museum; 3 hr. class session
June 17 [Wednesday] Choose Beach, Hike, or Ferry to Petite Martinique; 3 hr. evening class session
June 18 [Thursday] Morning Return to St. George's; 3 hr. class session
June 19 [Friday] Grand Etang Lake; 2 hr. class session
June 20 [Saturday] Concord: waterfall; nutmeg factory; 2 hr. class session
June 21 (Sunday) Return to Atlanta
Program Director: Dr. Elizabeth J. West
Office address: Dept. of English Langdale Hall 820
April, 2 2015
Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.