22 Days of Winter Term DePauw University

For three weeks in January, DePauw students break from the traditional semester schedule to focus on a single interest—on campus or around the world.

This is Winter Term 2017.

Day 14

Architecture of Sport: Soccer in Italy

This course examines the ancient history of sport and its venues in Italy—from the Roman period through the Medieval and Renaissance—through visits to Rome, Perugia and Florence.

Ancient sport peaked during the Roman Empire. Arenas for chariot racing and mortal combat sat alongside baths and gymnasia, where exercise, training and ball-play became the ancestors of modern soccer, rugby and football. Romans monumentalized sporting architecture, building venues for hundreds of thousands of people–sport as mass spectacle, social diversion and political manipulation.

Students are participating in soccer training led by Italian coaches, playing matches against local teams in each city, and attending professional matches. Led by Classical Studies Professor Pedar Foss, students are also examining statues, paintings, and mosaics of ancient athletes, and studying the archaeological evidence for their performance, play and presentation.

The 2017 class in Rome.

This is junior Matt Emerick’s first experience abroad. “If you had to describe the culture of Italy in one word, it would be 'passion,'” he says. “Italians believe in doing things the right way–no shortcuts. It’s no wonder that some of the finest clothing, cars, soccer players and food originate in Italy.”

Start the Heart Foundation

The American Heart Association estimates that in 2016, more than 350,000 Americans suffered from an event of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Trained under the guidance of William and Sally Dillon, both 1987 graduates of DePauw, six student CPR instructors are taking matters into their own hands this Winter Term.

The Dillons founded the Start the Heart Foundation in 2014 with a mission to save the lives of cardiac arrest victims through education and training of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Start the Heart has had a total of 18 Winter Term interns who have gone on to teach more than 6,000 people hands-only CPR, which does not use mouth-to-mouth breaths.

“DePauw students have been critical to the phenomenal success of our organization,” William says. “Our internship is a fantastic experience for the DePauw students and the students that they are teaching. The classes are very empowering for what to do in the event of a cardiac emergency.”

Japanese Culture, Technology and Design

Monozukuri is one of the key concepts that inspire product manufacturing in contemporary Japanese industry. Mono literally means 'tangible things,' while zukuri means 'making.' Combined, the compound word implies the spirit or determination to produce excellent products and the ability to constantly improve them.

The spirit of craftsmanship has been the driving force behind traditional art and craft-making throughout the history of Japan. In contemporary society, it is one of the foundations for the production of modern products, from cars to robots to video games. As such, the spirit of monozukuri can also be seen in small items commonly found in a regular household.

During their travels in Japan, the class visits the many places monozukuri can be found. In Itakura, students stay with host families while learning about traditional pottery and judo, and partake in a tea ceremony and traditional Japanese taiko music with the townspeople. In Tokyo and Nagoya, the class visits the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and the Department of Advanced Robotics at the Chiba Institute of Technology, and learns about industrial development at Toyota. Finally, in Kyoto, students study traditional craftsmanship and travel to nearby Himeji Castle, an iconic example of Japanese architecture.

Background: Will Fryrear '19 learns calligraphy while visiting an elementary school in Itakura.

Outside: A Course in Environmental Awareness

Outside is a chance for students to better understand themselves—not just as DePauw students, but also as citizens of Greencastle and the natural world.

Removing students from their comfort zones in both the physical and cultural sense, Professor Joe Heithaus leads his class on hikes outside the classroom and beyond campus. Local experts are often employed as guides for these outings; Professor Scott Wilkerson met the group at the DePauw Nature Park for a geology lesson and quarry walk, and Putnam County Historian Larry Tippin gave students a tour of the courthouse square.

In addition to outdoor exploration, course members read texts about the environment around them—its geologic history, flora, fauna and people—and journal their daily experiences through writing, photography and video, interviews, archival research and GIS mapping. The result: a heightened awareness of the world just outside the classrooms of DePauw.

DePauw Chamber Symphony Winter Term Tour to England

Since 1975, members of the DePauw Chamber Symphony have devoted their time during Winter Term to prepare and perform major concert tours in celebrated venues in Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and Spain as well as in New York City and Washington D.C.

This year, the 30-member DePauw Chamber Symphony travels to England for a nine-day tour with performances in London, Oxford and Bath. Musical selections for the concerts feature several pieces by prominent American composers, including the Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein.

The 2016-17 DePauw Chamber Symphony

Foreign tours give the chamber symphony a taste of life as explorers and performers. They experience a different culture and have a chance to see iconic sights while learning about the country’s history. Moreover, the DePauw student musicians gain valuable touring experience. Music Director of the DePauw University Orchestra Orcenith Smith hopes that ensemble members will develop a stronger sense of musicianship–both in personal commitment and collaborative spirit.

Life After Mandela

When news of Nelson Mandela's death traveled across the world, media outlets broadcast a South Africa that was harmonious. In these images, people—black and white—lived together, suggesting that South Africans enjoyed a life of interracial harmony.

Members of the 2017 trip visit Soweto.

On the contrary, wide racial gaps in unemployment, income, health and education remain. It's one thing to read about these differences, but for students who make this trip, these racial realities become painfully clear—the feeling of being in a supermarket and white customers cutting in front of you, or watching the way your classmates are treated based on their race.

Students in this course visit important landmarks of South Africa's past and present, including the Hector Pieterson Memorial, the Apartheid Museum, the home of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, a shanty town in Soweto, Constitutional Hall and Robben Island.

Videogame Criticism

What's in a game? A lot.

Like books and film, videogames are filled with meaning and shape our perception of the world. Today, hundreds of millions of people play videogames, but how many are truly critical and aware of the messages these games convey?

"If you've played videogames for 15 years, you're likely to want to find new, deeper angles through which to engage with the medium."

Incisive videogame criticism asks questions that are difficult to answer like, 'Why do we like jumping in games?' or 'Why do games so often frame failure as death?' In this course, students walk through the process of how to "read" games and critique the experience of playing them.

Students grapple with life as a cannibalistic snake in Slither.io.

"Videogames are increasingly pervasive and culturally influential, and there are more kinds of games than ever before," Assistant Professor of Art and Art History Dan Solberg says. "In this environment, it's important to be critical of the media around us. This course offers a starter kit to thinking about games beyond the evaluative standard of 'fun.'"

Honour or Treat? Introductory Ancient Greek or Latin

Packed into three weeks of intensive study, Honour or Treat is equivalent to a full semester of Introductory Greek or Introductory Latin. “It enables students to jump right into Spring Term's second semester Latin or Greek," Keith Nightenhelser, part-time instructor of classical studies, says, "with all the wealth of history, philosophy, religious thought and literature that these languages open up for them.”

In a memoir of his early life, Winston Churchill, speaking of education, said “I would make them all learn English: and then I would let the clever ones learn Latin as an honour, and Greek as a treat.”

This Winter Term is ideal for students interested in basic knowledge underlying the Indo-European language group, Romance Languages and English. It’s also for students who wish to pursue the study of Ancient Greek or Latin as a means to understand ancient Mediterranean, medieval and early modern European culture, history and literature.

Public Health, Community and Culture in Cuba

This Winter Term in Service takes students on a 13-day trip through Cuba, exploring urban life in Havana and traveling the countryside to the coastal city of Cienfuegos.

Cuba's healthcare system is one of the country's proudest achievements. Students learn about its evolution during visits to neighborhood clinics, elder and maternity care centers, the Latin American Medical School (ELAM) and one of Cuba's world-renowned biopharmaceutical companies.

“Cuba can be considered a country of contradictions because their economic development does not appear to match their healthcare development," Associate Professor of Anthropology Angela N. Castañeda says. "Cuba produces astounding outcomes to rival much wealthier nations, including their low infant mortality rate–4.63 percent to the United States’ 5.87 percent and Indiana’s 7.7 percent.”

The 2016 trip visits an elder day center.

One of the unique aspects of the program is its homestay opportunity. Students live with Cuban families during their trip and engage in the lived experiences of the local community.

The DePauw-Kelley Program

Open to DePauw students from any academic background, the DePauw-Kelley Program provides a holistic understanding of how an organization operates through hands-on experience, case studies and technical practice.

Working alongside some of the top professors at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, students complete a consulting project for an Indiana business or nonprofit, then explore future opportunities at the Kelley School Career Fair. Additionally, DePauw-Kelley students are guaranteed up to $3000 to support unfunded internships in the area of non-profits, government and start-ups in the state of Indiana.

The 2017 DePauw-Kelley Class

More than 50 students have participated in this elite course since its creation in 2015, securing internships in multiple industries as a direct result of the class.

Natural Laboratories for Evolution

In one of DePauw's longest-running Winter Terms, students travel to the Galápagos Islands, where a young Charles Darwin made observations that would revolutionize our understanding of biology.

500 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the islands are home to birds, tortoises and insects found nowhere else on the planet. But, as Darwin later realized, the islands also contain unique variations of many of these species, specially adapted to life on different parts of the archipelago.

During their trip, students hop from island to island on a boat that doubles as their hotel, keeping a journal of their observations—just as Darwin did nearly 200 years ago.

"Even when students know what to expect," Professor of Biology Kevin Kinney says, "it’s always a shock to them how much the islands live up to their reputation."

Sustainable (Un)Building

Situated next to DePauw's Campus Farm, an old house has been attacked by the elements on all sides. Above, its ceilings and walls are infested with mold. Below, its foundation is crumbling. Most homes in this condition would be demolished and hauled away to landfills or incinerators. But students in this Winter Term are working toward a different outcome: to repurpose or recycle as much of the house as possible.

Students take stock of materials in the basement of the house.

The first project of its kind at DePauw, the course is a unique collaboration among students, faculty, staff and community members, bridging the arts and humanities with engineering and community enterprise—"a laboratory of liberal arts learning in practice."

Timmy Global Health, Winter Term in Service, Ecuador

This Winter Term in Service (WTIS) begins in Tena, Ecuador, where students are working alongside medical professionals and members of the Indianapolis-based nonprofit Timmy Global Health.

During their stay in Tena, DePauw students will gain hands-on experience in global health issues while working in rural clinics in the Amazon basin. When they return to campus, they'll debrief with trip leaders and discuss issues related to global health, nonprofit organizations and the ramifications of international medical service.

Working with students, volunteers, and international partners, Timmy Global Health’s mission is to expand healthcare access and education to underserved populations around the world. Established in 2016, DePauw's Global Health Program traces its origins to student interest generated by these Timmy service trips.

Radio Management and Programming

In this course, students are participating in the daily operation of DePauw's WGRE-FM—nation's oldest 10-watt college station. They'll learn how a broadcast station is organized and how to operate its facilities for a variety of programs.

Two of WGRE’s current directors, Nate ’18 and Sarah ’19 (pictured), are helping with portions of the class. “I loved taking this class last year, and getting to be on the other side of things is fun,” Sarah says. “It teaches leadership and how to organize the station, as well as how to participate.”

Students in the course are required to work in two of four departments: sports, news, production and promotion. And, starting today, they'll each have their own DJ shifts, so be sure to...

About Winter Term

Since the University's first Winter Term in 1971, the annual intersession period has become a highlight of the DePauw student experience. Nearly 80 percent of DePauw students will travel abroad during their time in college—among the highest rates in the country—and Winter Term is one of the biggest reasons why. In addition to international study opportunities, Winter Term presents a chance to take on-campus courses with unique interdisciplinary twists, from the Science of Taste to Sustainable Deconstruction.

Whether through travel or in a traditional classroom setting, January at DePauw is a time to explore, learn and recharge.

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