Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Okinawa Study Abroad Reflections and Creative Projects

Tonight was the last class for our DePaul University Okinawa Study abroad trip. My colleague Kathryn Ibata-Arens and I combined a 300-level political science and a 300-level studio art course together to create our trip - "Okinawa, Art, Politics, and Economy." I was skeptical that this mix would work when it came to creating final art projects with open ended instructions but our interdisciplinary mix of students took us by surprise.

Here is one stunning example from an Animation/Anthropology student, Letitia Longbons, for the final trip creative project. Her stop frame animation has over 200+ drawings done by hand!!!

Jordan Johnson, an Information Technology major and Global Asian Studies minor student, created a dedicated website for his trip journal (I'll post an interactive map shortly that he just created):

Sylwia Kusiak, an Intercultural Communications and Art, Media, & Design student, created a Tumblr to reflect on our trip to Okinawa:

Even my colleague Kathryn Ibata-Arens got into the creative zone and enlisted the help of her teenage daughter to make a YouTube video about our trip:

I documented the students and our visiting speakers and field trips:

We are looking forward to running this program again in December 2015!

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