January 5–20, 2017 (depart Jan 5 from Chicago)*
*Note: Dates subject to change

This trip offers students a glimpse of the African continent through the diverse geographies, peoples, arts practices, customs, languages, and cultural norms of the country of Tanzania. It provides opportunities to unpack ‘Western’ stereotypes of Africa and African stereotypes of ‘Westerners’ and to examine how tourism, the history of humanitarianism, and popular media have served to construct and maintain these stereotypes. Because students will be traveling with East African artists, they will gain an intimate view of the local arts scene from those who are immersed in it, as well as a first-hand perspective on East African histories, politics, and contemporary life. The focus of the trip on collaboration and exchange also offers opportunities for direct engagement with children, youth and young adults through arts practices that emphasize resilience and collective problem solving, and involvement in ethnographic research designed to better understand local perspectives on the arts, culture, and healing practices.

We will visit various geographies and sites in Tanzania, including the bustling city of Dar es Salaam, a college of arts in a historic coastal town on the Indian Ocean, a primary school near the lush foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the wildlife (lions, rhinos, monkeys, hippos and other animals) of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the archeological site at Olduvai Gorge. We will be exposed to local craft markets and artists’ studios, the work of socially engaged artists working to mitigate the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS, and art forms from traditional to contemporary. We will experience the beauty, assets, and cultural richness of Tanzania, as well as its challenges—poverty, corruption, limited access to material and social resources. The end result will likely be a more nuanced, realistic, rich and complicated view of Tanzania and its peoples.

Credits: 3 credits STUDIO and/or 3 credits LIBARTS 

Cathy Moon, Art Therapy
Karen Morris, Liberal Arts, Visual Critical Studies

Program fee: Approx. $5,800 including airfare Chicago to Dar es Salaam (also including accommodation, admissions, ground transport, and most meals).

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,497 per credit hour;
Graduate—$1,580 per credit hour.

Group airfare is included in the program fee.

Application process:
Instructor consent required. Submit the ‌Application Form Winter 2017 Study Trip - Tanzania [PDF] to faculty for pre-approval to register.

Online registration begins: October 12, 2016

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information sessions:
Wednesday, September 7, 4:15 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 620

Monday, September 26, 12:10 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 620

From last trip's course evalutations: