New course connects with international campuses

New course connects with international campuses The University of South Dakota will unite four campuses in three countries for a new international course "The Peoples of North America: Identity, Change and Relationships" (AIS 491/591) in the spring of 2005.

The course explores relationships among indigenous and non-indigenous peoples of North America and includes live television hookups with the University of Wisconsin-Stout, First Nations University in Canada, and Benemerta University in Mexico.

Instructor Mary L. Jones encourages all students to consider the course, no matter what major they have as a focus.

"This is a unique opportunity for students of all disciplines to step outside Vermillion and get to know different people," said Jones, assistant professor in the School of Education who teaches Indian Education.

The goal of the course is to challenge students to understand perception and look at things from new angles. The semester will explore Native American and Mexican identity, history, culture, and literature. A highlight will be a guest lecture with Joseph Marshall, author of Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living, Native American Wisdom on Ethics and Character in January.

Lectures will be a collaborative effort between professors at all four universities, providing an exciting opportunity to participate in discussions with students and instructors from across the continent.

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