Monthly Archives: July 2014

Hong Kong through Froriep’s Lens

By Dr. Kathy Froriep, School of Education

Dr. Kathy Froriep co-presented a paper with Dr. Lisa Dille, “Using A Blended Curricular Model to Increase Professional Repertoires for Intervening with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders” at the Autism: Global Challenges and Local Needs Conference sponsored by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Worldwide Universities Network. Dr. Froriep’s photos reflect some of the sights of Hong Kong.

Here is the menu from the Hong Kong Jockey Club where Lisa and I were invited to dine with the other conference speakers in January.

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Here is a photo of a conference presentation (not ours). The panel across the top of the slide projection fives the name of conference and sponsors.

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Tai O is a village of houses built on stilts above tidal flats. Sometimes called the Venice of HK. The Tanka people have lived and fished here for generations.

 

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Bamboo scaffolding and a Kindergarten.

 

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We took a cable car (sky shots from earlier message) from Tung Chung to Lantau Island,  these are pics of a Ngong Ping village of shops and eateries … And the “big Buddha”.

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I Love Barcelona!

By Kelly Coles, GCU Student

Hello! Everything is going great in Barcelona. I love it here. This experience has truly been amazing! These are just a few of the amazing places here in Barcelona. I highly recommend Spanish Studies Abroad as well, they have done a great job with my housing, excursions and insuring I am having a safe and happy time here in Barcelona.

Kelly at Casa Batilo, home of one of Barcelona's famous architect

Kelly at Casa Batilo, home of one of Barcelona’s famous architect

 

La Sagrada Familia, a beautiful modernist church.

La Sagrada Familia, a beautiful modernist church.

 

The other Spanish Study Abroad students and I in Parc Guell, another modernist area.

The other Spanish Study Abroad students and I in Parc Guell, another modernist area.

 

 

Teranga: Understanding Senegal

By Dr. Pamela Rader, Chair & Associate Professor of English 

I have confided in my students, who have read Léopold Sédar Senghor’s treatise on Négritude and Mariama Bâ’s novella in my classes, that I have wanted to visit Senegal in west Africa for many years now.  The Global Transformation Grant made this trip possible. I participated in an International Faculty Development Seminar (IFDS) with the Council for International Educational Exchange led by Dr. Serigne Ndiaye in Dakar. Dr. Ndiaye organized the seminar around the topic of Islam in Senegal, bringing in top notch scholars from Dakar and the University of Gaston Berger from Saint-Louis (a city near the Mauritanian border). The seminar provided me and my four US-based colleagues with foundations for understanding the Sufi brotherhoods practicing Islam in Senegal. With Dr. Ndiaye’s purposeful planning, we visited several holy sites in Cambérène and Touba, and various Koranic/Qur’anic schools whose philosophies were as diverse as their resources (or lack thereof). Invited into several homes of these hard working  people, I remain deeply moved by the warmth of the Senegalese and their genuine hospitality, or teranga (the Wolof word).

Idriss worked for Fabinta’s mother as a tailor/dressmaker.

Idriss worked for Fabinta’s mother as a tailor/dressmaker.

 

We visited several Koranic schools; these girls were friendly and curious. We conversed in French, and they invited me to visit their classroom.

We visited several Koranic schools; these girls were friendly and curious. We conversed in French, and they invited me to visit their classroom.

Touba is a fast-growing city for its great mosque. Here, we have people traveling by horse/burro drawn cart.

Touba is a fast-growing city for its great mosque. Here, we have people traveling by horse/burro drawn cart.

 I am donning the veil in Camberène, a holy site for the Mouridist brotherhood on the outskirts of Dakar.


I am donning the veil in Camberène, a holy site for the Mouridist brotherhood on the outskirts of Dakar.

My US colleagues and I were interviewed by a young woman on behalf of the Saint Louis, Senegal, journal “Lasignare.com”.

My US colleagues and I were interviewed by a young woman on behalf of the Saint Louis, Senegal, journal “Lasignare.com”.

 

ironing at Goree

 

The two pictures from Goree Island show a woman ironing in the street; that island, a short ferry ride from Dakar, had been without electricity during our visit. Dakar school children of all ages were visiting the island that day, too. A field trip to learn about the country’s past and role in slavery. (Gorée preserves a UNESCO World Heritage site of the Slave House, where Africans sold and traded Africans into slavery.

The two pictures from Goree Island show a woman ironing in the street; that island, a short ferry ride from Dakar, had been without electricity during our visit. Dakar school children of all ages were visiting the island that day, too. A field trip to learn about the country’s past and role in slavery. (Gorée preserves a UNESCO World Heritage site of the Slave House, where Africans sold and traded Africans into slavery.

Chicago in Architectural Detail

By Dr. Claire Gallagher — School of Education

I am currently in Chicago to speak at the American Institute of Architects conference. In my travels I have been documenting the city through architectural details.

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