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Participants can choose two of the following three-credit courses offered by the Departments of Painting & Printmaking, instructed by Javier Tapia; Photography and Film, instructed by Scott Mills; Art History, instructed by Michael Panbehchi; and English,
Cusco, Peru; Lima, Peru
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The Global Education Office, the College of Humanities and Sciences and the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University are pleased to announce the summer program in Peru. Participants will travel to Lima for a short visit, and on to Cuzco, for an extended visual exploration of the countryside and culture of the highlands of Peru. The program will include visits to museums to explore ancient, colonial and contemporary art, as well as visits to ancient ruins and colonial sites. Of particular importance will be the group's participation in the Festival of Corpus Christi in Cuzco. An optional four-day hiking and camping trip along the Inca Trail will expose you to a biological and culturally diverse region of the country culminating at Machu Picchu. Lima and Cuzco 6 undergraduate or graduate credits in Art History, English, and the Arts June 10 - July 5, 2013 Prof. Javier Tapia, Gregory Donovan, Scott DuPre Mills, and Michael Panbehchi $2,949 + airfare + applicable VCU tuition Registration deadline: March 15, 2013

Participants can choose two of the following three-credit courses offered by the Departments of Painting & Printmaking, instructed by Javier Tapia; Photography and Film, instructed by Scott Mills; Art History, instructed by Michael Panbehchi; and English, instructed by Gregory Donovan: ARTH 489 Advanced Art History in Peru; ENGL 391 Blogging in Peru; PAPR 324 Intermediate Drawing; PAPR 421 Advanced Drawing; PAPR 621 Graduate Drawing; PHTO 491 Videography and Photography; SCPT 491 Drawing, Works on Paper; SCPT 591 Drawing, Works on Paper; SCPT 491 Video and Photographic Art I; and SCPT 591 Video and Photographic Art II. ENGL 305 Creative Writing ENGL 435 Advanced Workshop in Poetry ENGL 437 Advanced Workshop in Fiction ENGL 439 Advanced Workshop in Nonfiction ENGL 666 Workshop in Poetry ENGL 667 Workshop in Fiction ENGL 672 Workshop in Nonfiction ENGL 391 South American Literary Traditions ENGL 691 South American Literary Traditions

Participants will be housed in a variety of accommodations including hotels, a historic monastery, hostels and camping facilities for those on the Inca Trail. Most meals are included as a part of the program. Students who participate in the Spanish language program will stay in a family homestay for the final two weeks in Lima. Breakfast and dinner will be included during the homestay The program begins in Lima, Peru where students will spend three days visiting museums and cathedrals. The group will then begin a three-day trip to the Urubamba valley to visit Inca ruins and the Maras salt mines. The participants will then head to Cuzco for 15 days punctuated by the amazing Corpus Christi festival and an optional four-day trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After leaving Cuzco, the group will travel to Ica for a variety of activities including a boat tour of the Ballestas Islands. The program will be led by a multidisciplinary team of faculty from the School of the Arts and the College of Humanities and Sciences. Drawing courses are conducted by Javier Tapia, winner of the Teresa Pollak award in 2011, who has been a professor of painting and printmaking at VCU for over 22 years and has been leading the trip to Peru for the past fifteen years. A native of Peru, Tapia has extensive knowledge of the area and the culture. Photography, Film and Videography courses and the Blogging in Peru course are led by Scott DuPre Mills, award-winning filmmaker, photographer and multimedia artist. Scott is the founder and director of the VCU International Student Film Festival. Scott is currently working on his PhD in VCU's Media, Art and Text program. He holds a BFA in Sculpture and a MFA in Photography and Film. Scott screened his ongoing documentary film "VCU in PERU" in Cusco in 2004 and has been an instructor with the study abroad program in Peru each year since 2003. Art history courses are conducted by Michael Panbehchi. Writing courses are led by Gregory Donovan. Donovan is the author of poetry, essays, and short fiction published in such journals as The Kenyon Review, New England Review, The Southern Review, Story South, and 42opus, among others. His poetry collection, Calling His Children Home, won the Devins Award from University of Missouri Press. He has won the Robert Penn Warren prize, judged by Rosanna Warren and sponsored by New England Writers, as well as grants and fellowships from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Ucross Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His work has been anthologized in The Devins Award Poetry Anthology, Fives: Fifty Poems by Serbian and American Poets, and in Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia. Donovan helped to establish VCU study abroad programs in both Scotland and Peru. He is Senior Editor of Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts.
Program cost: $2,949 + airfare + tuition The program includes the following: Accommodations in Peru Most meals Ground transportation in Peru to sites in Lima, Ica, Cuzco and Machu Picchu Study visits and tours On-site Program Director support for 3 professors Pre-departure orientation International Student Identity Card VCU administrative fees Application deposit The following are not included in the program fee. Students are responsible for: Airfare VCU tuition and fees Some meals Passport a

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