English 239: "Tales of the Sea" on the Windjammer, Roseway
Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands;Norman Island, British Virgin Islands;St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands;St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands;St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands;Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
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Consent of Instructor, Paideia 111, 112, or transfer equivalents
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HEPT-Human Expression, Primary Texts
INSTRUCTOR: Nick Preus (English, Emeritus)
Course Description: Sail into the past on the historic schooner, Roseway, in the Virgin Islands. This region of the Caribbean has a rich seafaring history, and for centuries has been a place where cultures have met and often collided. Among other things it is the place where plantation slavery began. Maritime literature is the record, both factual and imaginative, of sea voyagers’ encounters with new lands and people: stories of wonder, war, greed, and human survival. Students will read these accounts as they become part of the working crew on one of the last remaining Grand Banks schooners. During visits ashore there will be opportunity to hike to archeological sites, sail small boats, snorkel the reefs, and to experience the histories and cultures of the islands. The crew will also take time this year to help the residents of St. Croix, Roseway’s homeport, with a rebuilding project following the devastating hurricanes, Irma and Maria, that hit the island in 2017. This J-term is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience how people travelled the world’s oceans with just the power of the wind. It is a chance for students to take a step beyond the familiar into living history. The course is open to all majors, no experience necessary . . . just a sense of adventure.
Estimated Cost: $4150 - $4600
Estimated Add'l Meal Costs: $75
Recommended Travel-Specific Immunizations:
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