A group of 14 Texas A&M International University students travelled to Turkey this past Spring Break as part of TAMIU’s “Reading the Globe” Program.
They were selected for the “Reading the Globe” program after a competitive essay based on their reading of the University’s campus read selection, “Prisoner of Tehran” by Marina Nemat.
Dr. Conchita Hickey, dean of University College, which directs the annual initiative, said the students enjoyed a remarkable study-travel opportunity.
“We visited a country that has an old and rich history, but has simultaneously propelled itself into the modern world with a dynamic synthesis of east and west that truly bridges Europe and Asia. In addition to a 10,000-year old heritage, Turkey is also home to stunning natural beauty and rich study opportunities to explore the life and culture of Asia Minor,” Dr. Hickey said.
Highlights of the groups’ study-travel included Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar; the Princess Islands, the World War II Battlefields of the Gallipoli Peninsula, the Dardenelles, the Archaeological Museum of the Ephesus Ruins, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hierapolis, the Silk Market of Bursa and a cruise along the Bosporus, the strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia.
Students who were a part of the study-travel project included Lorena Abrego, Sergio Bernal, Carlos Calderon, Hector González-Cantú, Gabriella Castillo, Rocio Cavazos, Naomi Cortina, Jessica Gomez, Laura González, Annette Lara, Juan Carlos Nava, Christian Nielsen, Dim Siam and Esteban Vargas.
This is the fifth TAMIU student group in the “Reading the Globe” program. Previous study-travel sites have included Poland, Ghana, Cambodia and Chile. Student impressions and galleries of previous trips are archived at tamiu.edu/spotlight
For more information on future “Reading the Globe” programming or opportunities to assist the program, please contact Hickey at 326.2801, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit offices in the Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center, Suite 223.