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Exploration & Discovery Cluster


This project aims to give students a unique first-had experience in exploring Hindu and Muslim culture, history and philosophy in New England. The core activity of the project will be a one-day visit to three sites, although there will be instruction and context given by Dr. Howarth before the trip, during and after. Students will visit the Islamic Society of Boston, engage in discussions with mosque staff about Islam and the services to the community provided there, sample Indian cuisine at Dosa Temple restaurant, and receive a tour and lecture on Hinduism at the Sri Lakshmi Temple in Ashland, MA. We will examine issues of New England heritage, immigrant identity, religious practices/philosophies, and cross-cultural interaction. The trip will include 10-16 PSU students from my classes on India (GACO), Cross-Cultural Contact in World History (HIDI), World History (GACO), as well as students from classes in Cultural Anthropology and Political Science. The trip will be open to all students campus wide. Students will be asked to fill out an on-line survey and post-trip analysis form. Students will be selected on a first-come first-serve basis until seats are filled.


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