To Travel or Not to Travel: May Term Options for IWU Students
April 14, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – While students at most colleges and universities will be moving
back home during early May, many Illinois Wesleyan University students will be returning
Wednesday, May 6 marks the beginning of 2009’s May Term, a month-long opportunity
for students to enroll in one intensive class that encompasses an entire semester’s
worth of material and earns them one class credit. On-campus May Term classes enable
students to fulfill general education requirements as well as take classes that would
not typically be available to them during the fall and spring semesters, such as “Enron
Fraud,” “Chemistry in the Kitchen,” “The 60s: Sex, Drugs & Rock and Roll?” and “Wild
Strawberries, Communes and Death: A Smorgasboard of Scandinavian Film.”
Some students are using the condensed term to study abroad through one of eight travel
courses offered this year.
Science and environmental studies majors will have the opportunity to travel to Costa
Rica for field research through the “Tropical Ecology” course. Students will visit
the conservation and restoration site known as Area de Coservacion Guanacaste as well
as rainforests along the slopes of inactive volcanoes on the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean
Students enrolled in “Museums, Cathedrals and Concert Halls” will get a taste of Renaissance
Italy as they tour the cities of Rome, Spoleto, Assisi, Perugia, Florence, Pisa, Ferrara,
Bologna, Cremona and Verona studying the art, architecture and musical sound cultured
in each location.
“By Force, By Famine and By Fabled Story: Irish Emigration to the U.S.” will bring
students to Ireland to study the effects on both American and Irish societies of the
five-and-a-half million Irish citizens who emigrated to the United States between
1815 and 1920. After nine days of exploring western Ireland, students will stay with
host families while attending the Allihies Language and Arts Center on the Beara Peninsula
in County Cork.
Below is a list of events available for students who will remain on campus for the
• May 11, 6 p.m. — An Indian classical dance lecture and demonstration will be held
in the Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington).
• May 14, 7-10 p.m. — A Bucky Halker concert, featuring songs by Woodie Guthrie and
others who rallied the labor movement, will be held in the Beckman Auditorium of The
Ames Library (1 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington).
• May 14, 7:30 p.m. — Speaker Jonny Dubowsky will host “Rock n Renew: A Plan of Action
for the Planet, That Rocks” in the Young Main Lounge of the Memorial Center (104 University
• May 16, 8 p.m. — Folk musician Willy Porter will perform for the Blue Moon Coffeehouse
in the Young Main Lounge of the Memorial Center.
• May 19, 7:30 p.m. — The Zephyr Dance Troupe will perform in the Hansen Student Center.
• May 20, 7-10 p.m. — Joe Bella and Larry Spivack will present a dramatic and musical
performance about labor organizer and songster Joe Hill in the Beckman Auditorium
of The Ames Library.
• May 21-23, 8 p.m. — The School for Theatre Arts will present Edna St. Vincent Millay’s
“Aria da Capo” and Moliere’s “Precious Damsels” (translated by Albert Bermel) in the
E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre.
Contact: Nicole Travis ’11, (309) 556-3181