Classes Over, Students Go Abroad for Performances, Study, Service
Almost as soon as classes ended for the academic year, dozens of Providence College students packed their bags and departed for concert performances in Spain, additional study in Japan and Italy, and service in Haiti and Jamaica.
The PC Combined Choir — consisting of members of I Cantori, the Concert Chorale, and Oriana Women's Choir — and the Jazz Ensemble left Monday, May 20, for a performance tour of Spain under the direction of Dr. T.J. Harper and Dr. Christopher T. Kelton, assistant professors of music. Also joining the 30 students are David R. Harper, coordinator of vocal studies, and Michael C. Kregler, accompanist.
The trip, which concludes on Wednesday, May 29, was designed with an emphasis on music and Dominican traditions. Those interested can learn more at http://providencecollege-incantatotour.blogspot.com/.
The Jazz Ensemble will bring its “Saxophone and Rhythm” concert to Café del Conservatorio del Liceu in Barcelona and Café Mercedes Jazz in Valencia.
The Combined Choir will be the featured choir at Mass in the Basilica of San Vicente Ferrer in Valencia, home of the Dominican Order of Preachers. A reception will follow with local Dominicans. The choir also will perform in concert at Iglesia de San Pedro in Cuena.
“Maymester” in Japan
As the music students were leaving for Spain, eight students were back on campus to study The U.S. and Japan in the Modern Era, a three-credit course that concludes with a visit to Japan — including stops in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya, and Hiroshima.
The course and trip are part of PC’s Maymester program, organized by the Department of History with cooperation from the Department of Art and Art History and the Graduate Program in History. Faculty instructors are Dr. D. Colin Jaundrill and Dr. Margaret M. Manchester ’83G, assistant professors of history.
The students, seven from PC and one from the University of Colorado, Denver, will depart for Japan on Monday, May 27, and return on Thursday, June 6.
During the on-campus course, which runs from Monday, May 20, to Friday, May 24, students examine the changing nature of U.S. and Japanese relations from the first contacts in 1853 and discuss readings, primary sources, and films. The tours in Japan are tailored specifically to explore the course themes and materials. Students also will complete an independent research project.
Theology Study tour in Italy
Ten undergraduate students, representing a mix of majors, leave on Tuesday, May 28, for a trip to study Roman and early Christian Italy with Dr. Arthur P. Urbano, associate professor of theology, and Dr. Patrick J. Macfarlane, assistant professor of philosophy. They return Monday, June 10.
Stops will include the Colosseum, Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Sistine Chapel in Rome; Mass at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi; and the Roman amphitheater and Balcony of Juliet in Verona. Visits are planned in Monte Cassino, Ravenna, Aquileia, Grado, and Milan.
The Theology Study tour will introduce students to archaeological sites, ancient basilicas, and museums, with onsite discussion and learning. In 2011, Urbano and Dr. Despina D. Prassas, associate professor of theology, led a study tour to Greece and Turkey, and in 2009, to Rome and southern Italy, including Sicily.
Service in Haiti, Jamaica
Campus Ministry launched new International Immersions this spring in Haiti and Jamaica.
Eight students, accompanied by College Chaplain Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98, and Sarah Atwood, campus minister, will volunteer at the Louverature Cleary School, a boarding school in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. The school is operated by The Haitian Project, whose president is Deacon Patrick J.A. Moynihan ’99G & ’12Hon. It provides a tuition-free education to 350 children.
Students, who will be in Haiti from Monday, May 27, to Saturday, June 1, will help teach classes, plan activities, and get to know students and staff.
Thirteen students, accompanied by Richard Lumley, campus minister, and Rev. Justin Brophy, O.P., assistant chaplain, will volunteer with Mustard Seed Communities in Kingston, Jamaica, from Saturday, May 25, to Saturday, June 1.
The organization serves children with physical and mental disabilities and HIV, along with pregnant teens and young mothers and their babies. The students will stay at Sophie’s Place, home to more than 20 children with profound disabilities, and volunteer on a work project to benefit the community.
Students participating in the immersion trips were required to attend weekly meetings during the semester to get to know one another and to learn more about their trip’s purpose. After their return to PC, the participants will attend a retreat facilitated by Campus Ministry staff and student leaders to develop a plan for sharing their experiences with the College community.
— Vicki-Ann Downing
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