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Not Even Past Highlights Two Hemispheres Travel Programs

Siberia and Uzbekistan participants share their experiences on the History Department web site.

Posted: October 9, 2013
Ever wonder what it's like to participate in our educational travel programs?  Well, now you can get a glimpse: two of last summer's travel programs have been highlighted by our friends at Not Even Past.
Professor Mary Neuberger and a some of the participants in CREEES's summer program "Siberian Voices" write about the experience of traveling in Siberia for a month. For a full month Prof. Neuburger led a group of university faculty, K-12 teachers, and students on a travel-seminar to Siberia with the goal of curriculum development for current and future U.S. educators. Three participants in the program are share their experiences: Prof Neuburger, Daniel Rusnak, a History major at UT who was researching the Trans-Siberian Railway, and Tricia Pearson, High School AP History teacher from McKinney, Texas.
Christopher Rose writes about a trip to a mountain shrine in the mostly Muslim Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan that bears a surprising resemblance to a Buddhist temple: It’s a tradition from the steppe, one of the many signs that you can find in Uzbekistan that the country sits aside the road between east and west: a Persian style dome sits atop an Islamic shrine, decorated with what I mistook to be Buddhist prayer flags, at a site that’s been revered since Zoroastrianism predominated here over a thousand years ago.
Interested in traveling with us and having your own adventure? There are still spaces for the Spring Break in India program – and the Heart of the Silk Route program will be repeated in 2014 (open to all, led by our colleagues at New York University).


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