Read the works and visit the homes of Pablo Neruda. Learn how literature and art helped restore democracy in Chile. Spend a week running a summer camp for Chilean children and much more.
ARHU 369C: Chile: Chilean Literature, Democracy & Social Change (3 credits)
January 3-23, 2014 Crosslisted as: HIST 329N/ GVPT 309F/ CMLT 498C/ HONR 349C / LASC 448N Last day to apply for program: Oct. 1, 2013
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the bloody military coup led by General Pinochet in Chile, which overthrew the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. From September to December 1973, about 250,000 Chilean people were detained. 3000 people were executed. ‘disappeared’ or lost their lives as a result of torture and political violence during Pinochet’s Dictatorship.
This course is an introduction to contemporary Chilean literature, arts, culture, and politics and focuses on the re-establishment of democracy after Pinochet's dictatorship. Students will attend formal lectures and literary workshops with UMD instructors as well as guest speakers. A variety of excursions and field trips are
Since the end of Augusto Pinochet’s 17-year long dictatorship in 1990, Chile has struggled to come to terms with its traumatic past. One of the sites in which this struggle can most vividly be experienced is the Chilean literary production during and after the military regime. Along with Pablo Neruda’s outstanding contribution to the world of letters, there’s also a vast body of Chilean literature and art depicting the second half of the Twentieth Century and the beginning of the Twenty-first. These works represent the complex social texture of the country—a country whose past not only speaks of tragedy but also of human selfdetermination and dignity.
included, including visits to Pablo Neruda's homes, sites of repression during the Pinochet regime, and major governmental and cultural institutions.
Through the course students will develop an awareness and understanding of Chilean society and culture, hone their writing skills, and reflect on civic engagement in a global context that focuses on diversity, global society, multiculturalism and implicit and explicit power structures.
In Santiago. we visit places such as El Parque Metropolitano del Cerro San Cristobal: http://www.parquemet.cl/ El Museo de La Memoria y los Derechos Humanos http://www.museodelamemoria.cl
A giant replica of the broken glasses belonging to Chile's former President Salvador Allende is displayed outside La Moneda government palace in Santiago. Allende committed suicide the day of the coup, Sept. 11, 1973, rather than surrender to the rebellious military forces led by Augusto Pinochet. (AP Photo/Santiago Llanquin)
If you are interested, please visit the UMD Education Abroad site where you will be able to find the program’s online application along
with other logistic details. https://myea.umd.edu/index.cfm?F useAction=Programs.ViewProgram &Program_ID=10150 For a better idea about the course contents, activities, syllabus, presentations, videos and student comments, visit former student Diana Daisey’s blog. http://jpwhchile.wordpress.com/re sources/ Additional information:
We start in Santiago, Chile’s capital. There we stay at Hostel Andes: http://www.andeshostel.com/
El Parque por la Paz Villa Grimaldi http://villagrimaldi.cl Pablo Neruda’s house-La Chascona http://www.fundacionneruda.org/e n/la-chascona/history.html among others. Our stay in the capital coincides with one of the two largest theater festivals in Latin America, Santiago A Mil: http://www.santiagoamil.cl Every year we attend at least two performances as a group (normally one big production and one smaller more alternative show). In addition to that, there’s plenty of street theater, music and other shows that students can attend on their own. In Santiago we also meet with local authors such as Pia Barros and Jorge Montealegre:
http://www.hercampus.com/schoo l/maryland/meeting-famousauthors-not-your-typical-umdwinter-term-study-abroad On our way to Valparaiso (Valpo) we stop at Isla Negra to visit Neruda’s most famous house: http://www.fundacionneruda.org/e n/isla-negra/history.html In Valparaiso we stay at Puerto Natura:
http://www.cmvalpo.cl/v2/?p=747 Below you’ll find links with information and photos from past years: Scroll down to see pictures of the beautiful mosaic we did in 2010. http://sassyfrasscircus.wordpress. com/tag/valparaiso/ These are other articles about our Service Learning Program in Valpo. (a couple of them are in Spanish)
http://www.puertonatura.cl and do our week of
Learning with our amigos from Escuela Republica de Bolivia,a middle school were we run a summer camp- type program with 20+ plus local children between the ages of 8 and 12. Last year we partnered with a local group of circus artists. They offered several workshops where students learned and rehearsed different acts. On our last day in Valpo, we staged a full-blown circus show at a nearby theater and invited parents and friends. Scroll down to see pictures of the show including our guests of honor the little children from the neighborhood’s day care.
http://umdwritersbloc.files.wordpre ss.com/2012/03/writersbloc0312.pdf http://www.cmvalpo.cl/v2/?p=716 http://www.usatodayeducate.com/ staging/index.php/ccp/chileanstudent-protests-fueled-bycreativity-passion http://www.estrellavalpo.cl/prontus 4_noticias/site/artic/20090113/pag s/20090113001150.html After our Service Learning in Valpo. we travel to a small village called Pucón located in the south of Chile. Pucón is known for its volcanoes, rivers and lakes. There, students have 4 days of unscheduled time to either do outdoor activities and sports or
simply rest and go to the beach. http://www.visitpucon.com/
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THERE ARE NO LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS COURSE. ALL THE CONTENTS ARE COVERED IN ENGLISH AND IFYOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT INTERACTING WITH THE CHILDREN, FRET NOT. THEY ARE FRIENDLY, CREATIVE AND FUN SO COMMUNICATION HAS NEVER BEEN A PROBLEM EVEN FOR THOSE UMD STUDENTS WHO DID NOT KNOW ANY SPANISH.
REMEMBER: Education Abroad will enroll accepted students in one of the following courses for three (3) credits from the University of Maryland: ARHU369C Special Topics in Study Abroad III: Chilean Literature, Democracy, and Social Change CMLT498C Selected Topics in Comparative Studies: Chile: Chilean Literature, Democracy and Social Change GVPT309F Topics in International Relations: Chile: Chilean Literature, Democracy and Social Change
HIST329N Special Topics in History: Chile: Chilean Literature, Democracy and Social Change HONR349C Honors Colloquium: Chile: Chilean Literature, Democracy and Social Change
If you have any additional questions please contact:
Vivianne A. Salgado Assistant Director JimĂŠnez-Porter Writers' House 1119 Dorchester Hall University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 firstname.lastname@example.org 301-405-0674