Political science faculty led two study abroad programs this summer. Study Abroad is life-altering for most students who participate and in keeping with the theme of global impact and faraway lands. Here’s a quick update about two of our programs.
Professor Down (left front) and students in London.
The Summer London Program, led each year by Professor Ian Down, was particularly eventful in 2016, taking place in the run-up to the Brexit vote. Students met with representatives of the main British political parties, as well as representatives of a number of the smaller parties – Labour, Conservative, Scottish National, Plaid (Welsh National), Social Democratic and Labour Party (Irish nationalist), and the United Kingdom Independence Party. During the meetings, students gained an understanding of the different party positions on Brexit and insight into the range of different perspectives on the issue. Scheb joined the group in London and toured the British courts with the students and gave a lecture on Anglo-American law. Students also managed to see Queen Elizabeth because the state opening of parliament took place on the first week of the program (for further information on the program see the London Summer Program).
Richard Pacelle took a number of students to Urbino, Italy, in July for a study abroad program. Pacelle taught POLS 102 and a POLS 410, Art and Politics Program. Urbino is a beautiful hill town and the home of the artist Raphael. Students got to visit the area of Italy called Le Marche and the two smallest independent principalities in the world: San Marino and Vatican City. The students spent four weeks in Urbino taking classes and spent the last week of the program in Florence and Rome. Pacelle and his students visited the town of Loreto where the students saw an opera in Macerata. Professor Pacelle will lead students to Italy again in June 2017 (for further information, contact him at email@example.com). And not trying to outdo Down or his students, but a number of the Urbino students got to see the Pope during their tour of St. Pater’s Basilica.