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Fall 2016 Academic Travel Experiences! Part 2

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Hello there! 

This week, I am pleased to bring you part two of the Academic Travel Experiences post. So keep reading if you would like to hear about Fall 2016's Academic Travel courses to Scotland, Spain, and the Alps.


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Name: Trevor Herden Class level: Senior Major/Minor: IR/German Studies From: Wadsworth, IL Academic Travel Course: Symbolizing Scottish Folk
Briefly describe your Academic Travel course - what is the concept behind the course, what did you learn about, and where did you go for the travel component? The course focuses on the nature of Scottish identity and especially Scottish identity in its fractured and diverse depictions. Prior to travel, we watched a number of movies that depicted various ideas of Scotland and Scottishness, and used those concepts we developed on the travel in order to better understand the complicated identity of Scots and Scotland.

What surprised you during Academic Travel? I was surprised by how how friendly and helpful people were. Perhaps I had a…

Key Words and Phrases to Know in the Major Swiss Languages

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Something that many people unfamiliar with Switzerland do not know is that it is a multilingual country. Switzerland has four national languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansh. Contrary to what some people believe, this does not mean that every Swiss person can speak all four languages. In fact, although many (if not most) people are multilingual, they tend to stick to the language of their region when it comes to communicating and consuming media.

Every Franklin student knows the value of picking up a few words of the many languages they encounter — and when it comes to getting around in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, where Franklin is located, it's definitely useful to have some terms at hand. 

I thought I would use this post to provide some linguistic basics when it comes to the major Swiss languages. I won’t include Romansh because it is spoken by a very small percentage of the population. However, if you're interested in finding out more about Switzerl…

Fall 2016 Academic Travel Experiences!

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Hello all, 

As you may know, Franklin students are freshly returned from Academic Travel, which took place during the last week of October and the first week of November this semester. 
I asked other students to report how their courses went, in terms of memorable experiences, course projects, and the moments in which they learned or were surprised by something. I think you'll find that their responses eloquently reflect the true spirit of Academic Travel.

So keep reading to find out more!
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Name: Gioia Chaouch Class level: Junior Major/Minor: History and International Relations, minors in Italian Studies and Management From: Melrose, Massachusetts and Tunis, Tunisia Academic Travel CourseIn the Wake of the Hapsburg Empire: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest
Briefly describe your Academic Travel course - what is the concept behind the course, what did you learn about, and where did you go for the travel component? Our class studied the last decades of the Hapsburg Empire towards the turn of …