Public Scholarship, Civic Dialogue, Democracy and The Arts (Study Abroad Info Session)

ACM 21:083:201

A Two-Week Study Abroad Program Developed by the Department of Arts, Culture and Media in collaboration with RU-N’s Office of Global Initiatives and Experiential Learning

TRAVEL DATES: June 27-July 13, 2020


Wednesday, February 26, 2:30 pm (free period) in Bradley Hall, Room 313

At this meeting we will provide:

  • Information about the program activities in Poland
  • Information about travel and lodging for the program
  • Details about program costs
  • Details about the registration and payment process and upcoming deadlines
  • Details about various course credit and registration options



“Public Scholarship, Civic Dialogue, Democracy and the Arts” is a 2-week international immersion experience that can earn up to 6 credits exploring ways in which the various arts-related disciplines can be harnessed as tools of community engagement and generators of positive social change at a local, municipal, and even national level.

The program is led by local Polish experts with many years of experience as cultural facilitators, academics, and workshop leaders.  It is based in two locations, at Warsaw University, and at the Krasnagruda headquarters of the international NGO, the Borderland Foundation, with one-week spent in each, and it is spread across three locations: the Polish capital, Warsaw; the beautiful Suwalki borderland region of northeastern Poland; and Lithuania.

The 1st week is hosted by the division of Social Arts in Warsaw University’s Institute of Polish Culture, where students will participate in lectures, workshops, and site-visits to community-based organizations in Warsaw affiliated with the Institute.  Students will learn how art and arts-oriented strategies are employed in local urban communities as generators of civic engagement and grassroots-based social change by providing a means to give constructive voice to the disenfranchised.

The 2nd week is based at the international award-winning NGO, The Borderland Foundation, and consists of lectures/workshops at the Foundation’s headquarters in northeast Poland, among local communities they work with, and on a trip to their partners in Vilnius, Lithuania.  Students will learn about and engage with Borderland’s work in both Poland and abroad in conflict regions such as Srebrenica during the Balkans War (1991–2001); Aceh, Indonesia during the bloody conflict between Muslims and Christians (2000); and current work involving the use of arts-based strategies to help build meaningful relations between Jews and Palestinians in Israel.  

If you are interested in taking part in the program and cannot make the meeting, please get in touch with one or both of the program leaders to meet in person to get the information you will need to take part in the program:

Professor Ian Watson

Associate Professor Paul Sternberger

Director of the Urban Civic Initiative

Coordinator of the Art History Program

Department of Arts, Culture and Media

Department of Arts, Culture and Media

229 Bradley Hall

316 Bradley Hall