ST. GEORGE – Dixie State College students are expanding their classroom on a global scale – to the Louvre, the Colosseum and the Acropolis. On May 11, 2011, 50 members of Professor Glen Blakley's art class, along with other DSC students, will embark on a 20-day educational adventure on an EF Educational T
our to France, England, Italy, Switzerland, Greece and a cruise of the Greek Isles.
Rather than just reading about the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum, DSC students are going to experience these historical treasures first hand – taking their understanding of world
history and cultures to a new level. The tour includes stops in London, Paris, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Assisi, Pompeii, Sorrento, Meteora, Delphi, Athens, and the Greek Isles off Patmos, Mykonos, Rhodes, and Kusadasi.
"In today's world, international education and cultural knowledge is more important than ever before," Professor Blakley said. "I not only believe in the educational value these tours have on my students academically, but
I feel strongly that world travel changes their perspective. It can even influence career direction."
In preparation for the trip, he has incorporated educational content about the countries his students will be visiting into his curriculum. The resources are provided by PBS as part of a partnership between the organization and EF Educational Tours. Several students of Professor Blakley's class will complete coursework upon returning from their tour, enabling them to receive College credit.
"It is one thing to learn about art, world history and other cultures from a book, but it is a whole different world being there and seeing it first hand," says Blakley.
For additional information about the upcoming trip, contact Professor Glen Blakley at [email protected].