January 2011 marked the first full implementation of the University of Dubuque's January Term (J-Term) calendar. One J-Term option for students is structured time for off-campus (domestic and international) studies -- this term included trips to Spain and France, China, the Bahamas, and New York City.
Literature and Culture of China
Ten UD students, traveled with Nathan Faries, associate professor of English, and Eric Munshower, associate professor of business, to Beijing and Hong Kong for the first-ever UD study trip to the People's Republic of China. Participants walked the Great Wall, wandered through old imperial palaces, and climbed the second highest peak in Hong Kong (934 meters). Academic conversations centered around cultural contrasts between the two cities and questions of freedom vs. authoritarianism. The students could not use Facebook or Google -- sensitive topics in Beijing, but they did participate in what one student called "trip of a lifetime."
The student travelers included Andrew Pierson, a senior from Cherokee.