ALASKA – SPRING SESSION: APRIL-MAY, 2019
Jeanne Dutton, Assistant Professor of English/Director of Developmental Writing
Dawn Sonntag, Associate Professor of Music, Chair
Arts and Culture in Southeast Alaska (INTD, 3 credit hours)
Explore historic sites including churches, opera houses, state parks, observatories and tribal houses related to important aspects of arts and culture in Southeast Alaska. Speculate on how art intersects with nature to influence artistic expression in one of America’s last frontiers.
Participants on this trip will fly to Ketchikan, Alaska and spend 20 days exploring Alaska’s coastal cities, landmarks and museums in the Ketchikan region, including tours of local artist studios, a day trip to the Totem Heritage Center, and a canoe tour of the port. The class will board the Alaska State Ferry for Juneau and spend the next 6 days studying Alaska’s territorial history. Possible cultural excursions include dance performances at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center and performances by the Juneau Lyric Opera. On day 12, the group will board the Alaska Marine Highway to Wrangell and explore Petroglyph Beach Historic Site, Chief Shake’s Tribal House, and parts of the Anan Wildlife Sanctuary. On day 18, the group will ferry to Ketchikan, Experiencing views of remote coastal Alaska and the seasonal gray whale migration before flying home to Cleveland.
Discover Southeast Alaska’s artistic expression and cultural significance throughout this 20-day trip.
During the first few days of the program, browse city artists’ studios and local galleries in the Tlingit region of Alaska. Visit the Totem Heritage Center Study of Native Culture, take a Northern Lights hike, explore the Tongass Historical Museum and paddle the harbor for a view of the mountains and coastal scenery.
Alaska Marine Highway to Juneau
Take the Alaska Marine Highway to Juneau and study the state’s Russian territorial history. Visit the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, the Juneau Lyric Opera House, the National Shrine of Saint Thérèse and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.
Alaska Marine Highway to Wrangell
Study the early history and natural influences of Alaska. Visit Petroglyph Beach State Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House to survey some of the best surviving examples of native artistic expression in Southeast Alaska.
Alaskan Wildlife Viewing
The city of Wrangell also offers exceptional opportunities for viewing Alaskan wildlife, including brown and black bears in their natural habitat, bald eagles, and migrating salmon. The ferry trip to Ketchikan will coincide with seasonal gray whale migration.
Students will be required to attend on-campus orientation sessions prior to the trip and are responsible for personal possessions, personal expenses and for meeting academic expectations.
- Estimated cost: $4,800 (includes round-trip airfare, transportation within country, accommodations, meals, and admission fees)
- Application Deadline: October 7, 2018; A $75 non-refundable fee is due upon receipt of application. This fee is used to pay for processing costs, an International Student Identity Card, passport holder, and luggage tags.