Dickinson Launches New Virtual Global Classes for Alumni, Students, Parents, Staff

In January 2021 new virtual program offerings for Dickinson alumni became available. Alumni can explore the world from the safety and convenience of home through live, interactive, global courses developed just for them. Dickinson experts in Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Spain will present five fun and in-depth courses focusing on global cities, people and cultures. The courses are open to alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the college. Each includes several classes taught by Dickinson professors, staff and friends of the college living all around the world.

Here is a sampling from Spanish and Portuguese programs:

Picasso and Las Vanguardias: The Avant-Garde and Contemporary Spanish Culture: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Discuss Picasso, the avant-garde and what they can teach us about contemporary Spanish culture. Hosted by Jose Lebrero Stals, artistic director of the Museo Picasso Málaga, with a moderated Q&A by Mark Aldrich, associate professor of Spanish and the executive director of the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

Málaga en la Mesa: From the Mountains to the Beach: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-noon
Exploring the city’s food scene. Led from Málaga by Nedra Sandiford ’10, program coordinator, Dickinson-in-Spain.

Simply Put: It’s All About Tasting Wine – Thursday, April 15, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Learn about world viticulture, regions, varieties and wine production and tastings. Then taste a cabernet sauvignon. Led from Mendoza, Argentina, by Alfredo Draqueis, agronomist of UNCUYO, National University of Cuyo.

Argentinean History, Immigration, Tango and Lunfardo: Tuesday, April 6, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Knowledge of Spanish is essential for this class, which includes listening to music and analyzing lyrics and discussing the creation of Argentina State, the impact of immigration waves and the histories and importance of the tango and lunfardo. Led by Eliana Torres, Dickinson’s resident director in Argentina.

Brazil: Mixture of Cultures – Wednesday, April 14, 3-4 p.m.
Exploring how Brazil’s racial mixture can help us understand this huge country. Led by Marcelo Borges, professor of history and the Boyd Lee Spahr Chair in the History of the Americas.

Sustainability Beyond Carlisle I: Permaculture and Grassroots Sustainable Initiatives in Málaga: Wednesday, March 17, 10-11 a.m.
Part one of a two-part class led by Málaga Program Coordinator Nedra Sandiford with input from Lecturer in Spanish Asunción Arnedo-Aldrich, exploring how local groups and nonprofits promote sustainable systems and highlighting sustainable, local activities that Dickinson study-abroad students participate in.

How to Discover Other Sides of a Country Through Study Abroad: Wednesday, May 12, 3-4 p.m.
Presenting the ways students discover new career paths and gain interpersonal skills, career opportunities and job prospects through study abroad. Led by Giselda Pereira, resident director of Dickinson’s Brazil study-abroad program and a Dickinson contributing faculty member.

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