The goal of this program is to explore the important influence of language and environment on identity. This will be accomplished through field trips to a variety of sites, all of which have been selected for their ability to emphasize the linguistic and racial diversity that make up contemporary Quebec.
During our stay in Quebec City, we will visit the Museum of Francophone America and the Huron-Wendat Museum. We will also tour the famous Hôtel de Glace, Canada's first and only hotel made entirely of ice. In order to understand the importance of Quebec's vast boreal forests on their cultural identity, we will spend a morning snowshoeing in Jacques Cartier National Park, a glacier valley only 20 minutes from downtown Quebec City.
We will spend an evening and morning in Trois-Rivières, an important historical stop between Quebec City and Montréal.
We will conclude our trip with three nights in Montréal, considered one of the primary Francophone cultural centers in the world. Musée Point à Callière provides a fascinating history of Montréal, from its foundation to its emergence in the late twentieth century as a cultural hub. A tour of St. Joseph's Oratory will help students to better understand the important role of Catholicism in Quebec. Our last night in the city, we will tour and dine at a Cabane à Sucre, an important element of Quebec agrotourism.
Students wishing to use this experience to work towards their major or minor in French will gain an immersive experience that tests and expands their knowledge of the French language and its dialects. Students will gain a better understanding of the relationship between Quebec and its English-speaking countrymen, a relationship that at times has been fraught with tension, but which has ultimately remained an excellent example of how to remain linguistically and culturally autonomous while avoiding violent revolution.
Students who do not speak French or have an introductory knowledge of the language will be able to access the important lessons outlined above and move with ease and safety throughout the city. Quebec is officially bi-lingual, and the majority of tour guides and services are offered in both English and in French.
For more information, contact Professor Rachel Paparone at firstname.lastname@example.org