Application Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2013 for students wishing to purchase group flight. Friday , January 31, 2014 for students wishing to make their own flight arrangements. Please contact your campus coordinator for information about Prague, Czech Republic 2014.
Program Dates: Thursday, March 27, 2014 (Depart United States) – Friday, June 6, 2014.
Study in the capital of the Czech Republic, a city built of picturesque towns, each of which still remains its own unique character. Find yourself in a city rich in culture where aspiring young American writers and artists gather, jazz musicians improvise in the open air, locals sip coffee in art-nouveau cafes and clubs stay open until dawn.
Kenny Rich received his MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where he won a Fellowship with the Teachers College of Columbia University in the Reading and Writing Project. He currently teaches writing at Edmonds Community College, and is teaching a Fiction Workshop at the 2013 Write on the Sound Conference. He has taught writing workshops for all ages. As an undergraduate, he designed and wrote his own Interdisciplinary Studies Curriculum at the University of Washington, where his culminating project was a play produced at the Ethnic Cultural Theater in Seattle. Kenny’s work is represented by BJ Robbins Literary Agency. His short fiction was selected for the Emergency Reading Series at KGB Bar in NYC, and his nonfiction has appeared in SLC Magazine. He has also worked in film as a ghostwriter and Second Camera Director. Kenny visited Prague in 2012, and is eager to share the unique magic of this city. He will show students how magic and reality merge to create a sense of place and time, and has an uncanny knack for discovering hidden mysteries. Both knowledge and adventure await!
Course numbering varies by campus. Please see your study abroad coordinator for more details.
Composition II – Research Essay, Theme: Magical Realism (5 credits)
Students will explore the genre of Magical Realism. Often thought of as a Latin tradition of literature and storytelling, the term Magical Realism originated in Europe to describe a visual art movement following WWI. We will begin our discussion with the origins of the term, study Franz Kafka (famous son of Prague), and Surrealism. We will expand topics to include the famous Clay Golem narrative involving a 16th Century Rabbi in Prague, as well as countless other topics derived from experiencing this enchanted city (visual art, literature, film and more). Students will be able to examine the specific history and region that spawned the term Magical Realism before moving on to research and discover its contemporary forms – both in Prague and across the globe. We will hit the streets and visit the local sites, participating in both experiential and academic research, while discovering where magic and reality collide.
Creative Nonfiction Writing on Place, Workshop Format (5 credits)
Students traveling abroad gain a distinct feel for and experience with the concept of place. In this class, students will study the art of creative nonfiction and examine the work of master essayists – including Vaclav Havel, the last President of Czechoslovakia and the first President of the Czech Republic, who was an essayist, playwright, poet, and political activist. We will look in particular at the specifics of place as seen in the artwork of children who lived in Terezin (Theresienstadt was the German name), a concentration camp north of Prague. These children created artwork that often focused on the idea of place: the place they were, the place they were forced to leave, and the places they dreamed of going. Students in this course will immerse themselves in and write about their own experience with place. We will write a series of essays on how place intersects with the experience of traveling, living, and studying abroad: reflections on “home” from far away; reflections on the magical place we find ourselves in now; and reflections on being displaced or out of place in a foreign land. Conducted in a workshop format, students will read and critique work weekly. Writing exercises will take us to myriad places in the city to inspire and create. We will publish a collection of our work.
Kenny Rich will be teaching both of the English classes.
Czech Life and Culture (5 credits)
The mandatory Czech Life and Culture course will be taught by a local guest lecturer, focusing on historical, political, economic and cultural aspects of Prague and the Czech Republic.
DATES & DEADLINES
Depart U.S.: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Arrive Prague: Friday, March 28, 2014
Depart Prague: Friday, June 6, 2014
The fee, per person, is $6,245, based on enrollment of 15 or more participants (excludes airfare and tuition). Please check with the study abroad coordinator at your campus for full details.
- Housing in centrally located multi-bedded apartments with wireless access
- Travel pass for use on the buses, trams and underground trains.
- Orientation program on-site in Prague including a meeting with AIFS staff, information packet, acclimation workshops, a cruise on the Vltava River and half-day guided walking tour of Prague with entrance to Prague Castle.
- On-site AIFS Program Coordinator for information, personal advising/counseling and 24-hour emergency contact service, and wireless internet access in the Study Center.
- Program of free and subsidized cultural activities such as walking tours, a musical concert, sporting event, ballet performance and brewery tour.
- Day trips to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kutna Hora and to Konopiste.
- $50 non-refundable application fee.
- Student medical and program fee refund insurance policies.
- College tuition and fees
- $250 refundable damage deposit
- Optional insurance upgrades
- Passport and visa fees
- Some meals
- Personal expenses
- WCCCSA tuition or administrative fees
- Additional field trips or excursions
When: February 22, 2014
Where: Edmonds Community College
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
What to bring: Students need to bring a signed copy of the Student Guidelines, a notepad to take notes, and questions. Passport copies, 4 passport photos, medical release form and flight itineraries for students not on the group flight should be sent to AIFS before the orientation. Please ask your coordinator if you need help with this. Student participants should also invite parents, guardians, or whomever they feel should attend with them.