Although the modern concept of “global” suggests a sort of unity (one planet in one universe), given the state of world affairs, there is widespread division and disunity among and between cultures and countries. This course will bridge and create understanding through examination of literature which crosses cultural borders. After all what are borders but artificial, humanly-imposed designations? As such, the readings in this course will both transcend and reflect cultural boundaries. Additionally, the material and focus will expand concepts of cultural distinctions and authors’ perspectives as reflected in their writings. By examining and discussing a sampling of literature from various cultures and countries we will visit on the Semester at Sea voyage, we will better understand the universality of literature. We will also gain perspective on individual and national identities. The texts will demand a reevaluation of history and will encourage students to re-evaluate what it means to view the world through the eyes of others.
Field WorkCountry: Vietnam
Date: February 11, 2020
War is the ultimate crossing of borders and in our reading Nothing Ever Dies, the author examines the role of memories in war which are created by, not only the military/industrial complex, but media including movies. We will compare and contrast notions of the American/Viet Nam war in terms of our understanding, and views found in the reading. We will then examine how the experience at the museum alters and reforms cultural and individual ideas of history.
1. To examine the American/Vietnam war in terms of the museum presentation
2. Establish and relate the ideas of Nothing Ever Dies to your experience
3. Consolidate critical thinking in a two-page report focusing on an idea in Nothing Ever Dies which relates to your experience at the war museum