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Meetings Set for Students Interested in Studying in Germany in May 2011

October 5, 2010

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MACOMB, IL – Students interested in a two-week study abroad program to Germany in May 2011 with Western Illinois University Anthropology Professor Heather McIlvaine-Newsad are invited to attend an informational meeting. The study abroad course is open to WIU students, non-Western students and non-degree seeking students.

Meetings will be held from 1-2 p.m. in Morgan Hall 101A. The first meeting is on Tuesday, Oct. 12; the second meeting is on Thursday, Oct. 14. The study abroad program runs from May 16-29, 2011. Students must enroll in three (3) credits of ANTH 379 for the spring semester.

"Anthropologists conduct fieldwork in many settings, from small isolated villages to towns and cities in western cultures. Germany is an excellent anthropological site because it is culturally different from the U.S. but yet familiar in many of its customs and practices," McIlvaine-Newsad said. "In order to have a true anthropological experience and not just be a tourist, you have to get to know the culture and the people.

"This study abroad course will take place in two northern cities, Celle and Berlin, and will focus on environmental and cultural sustainability. Founded more than 700 years ago, Celle offers a mixture of history, tradition and modernity. Utilizing the high-speed rail system, we will then travel to Berlin to tour the ethnically diverse neighborhoods of the former East Berlin, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and explore how the cultural, environmental, political and economic factors influence how Germans live today," she added.

For more information, or for interested students who cannot attend either of the informational meetings, e-mail McIlvaine-Newsad at or call (309) 298-1264.

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