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CTR 070-W20 | India 2019/20

CTR 070-W20 | India 2019/20

December 2019 - January 2020

Maximum Enrollment: 16 LBS

Course Description

“If there is one place on the face of the earth where all dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.” Romain Rolland, Nobel Laureate for Literature 1915


Trip dates: Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 11, 2020

TUITION: $3,750* (a $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot) *does not include airfare

AIRFARE: A group flight will be arranged - the cost will be shared in October

Info SessionSeptember 5 at the Resource Fair 11:30-12:30pm



As a ‘country’ India is a modern invention, born as part of the dissolution of the old British empire after WWII.  Its history and its culture, however, are ancient; great cities were being built there when the Egyptians were constructing their pyramids some five thousand years ago.  India today is a collision and a cohesion of many different peoples and ways of living over the millennia, an eclectic vision in which ancient and modern worlds co-exist. It is home to some of the planet’s largest urban centers, while at the same time tigers and elephants still roam across landscapes hardly changed since the first yogis sought solitude in the forests.  Today it is the world’s largest democracy, with a burgeoning economy and a rapidly expanding middle class. It is also home to an artistic tradition in which myth, majesty and mysticism have combined to create some of the greatest and most enduring monuments to human imagination and endeavor.

Our travels will begin in Mumbai with a visit to the nearby hills of the Western Ghats and the island of Elephanta where early Buddhist monks and Hindu rulers carved cave temples out of the living rock some 2000 years ago.  We will then head south and traverse the tropical landscape of south India where traditional Hindu art and culture achieved some of its finest expressions. Along the way we will explore the social, cultural, and natural history of India - past, present and future. And, no doubt, we will meet some very interesting people.  India is a remarkable place.


The program arranges for round trip airfare to India on a major international carrier (students who might wish to provide their own transportation to India should inquire about this before or at the time of registration for the program). We will be staying in comfortable, modern  4-star hotels at which all meals will be provided.  


Your teacher for the program will be William Klingelhofer, who has been teaching art history at MECA for a number of years; he holds a BA from the University of Washington in comparative religion (specializing in Buddhist studies) and a doctorate in Indian art and architecture from Harvard University.  Local guides will also accompany us on the ground in India. MECA will offer three academic credits for the course; if you are working towards a BFA, this can count as the required non-western art course or as an art history elective. Students will take the course on a Pass/Fail basis. All students registered for the trip will be required to attend pre-departure orientations at MECA during the fall term. Assignments and a final paper will be assigned for credit students. Pre-departure academic class meetings and readings are also mandatory for all students registered for credit for the program.


The program cost is $3750.00 plus airfare. This includes course tuition, accommodations, all travel within India, three meals per day while in India, entrance fees to all sites visited, the services of guides and guest lecturers as offered by the program, taxes, and baksheesh (tips).  Costs not covered by the program fee might include visas, vaccinations, passports, any extra baggage fees, personal spending money, and the costs of any treasures you may want to bring home with you (time for shopping will be included in our itinerary!). 


William Klingelhofer earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His studies and research as an art and architectural historian have focused on India, Asia, and the Islamic world, though he also enjoys the arts and architecture of Europe. His background also includes a BA in Religion from the University of Washington where he was a Buddhist studies specialist, and a stint as an ethnomusicologist studying the classical music traditions of India and China. He is the owner of Antique House Restoration and Construction, which is devoted to projects in Federal period architectural restoration, design, and building. He also spent much of his professional career as a director of international programs at Washington and Lee University and at Harvard University.


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