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7/7/05

The New College of California Study Tour to Iran:September 19-October 7, 2005

Note: This tour was originally planned for July of 2005

Iran, heir to the ancient traditions of Persia, is located at the crossroads of East and West. As one of the countries along the ancient Silk Road, Iran has always played a major role in world history because of its unique position geographically and culturally. The Silk Road was created many centuries ago for the trading of silk and other goods between East and West and thus became an important channel for the transfer of ideas, language, literature as well as science and technology. As a result the road to Persia became a symbol of humanity's desire to travel, to explore, and to learn from the diversity of the human experience.

The Silk Road was created many centuries ago for the trading of silk and other goods between East and West and became an important channel for the transfer of ideas, language, literature as well as science and technology. As a result the road to Persia became a symbol of humanity's desire to travel, to explore, and to learn from the diversity of the human experience.

The New College of California Study Tour to Iran: September 19-October 7, 2005

In September of this year, Jerry Dekker, instructor of Humanities at New College of California, is leading another trip to Iran for students, faculty, staff and friends of New College of California. Jerry, fluent in the Persian language, has lived for several years in Iran and recently returned from the Islamic Republic with a group of New College students. The purpose of this trip is to follow in the footsteps of those who throughout the centuries have traveled to Iran in order to broaden their world perspectives. The itinerary will include the classical centers of Persian culture such as Shiraz and Isfahan, but will also explore the North West of Iran including Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea region. With the trekking across the deserts of the Silk Road of the Iranian Plateau, the crossing of stunning mountain ranges to the exploration of the lush green subtropical Caspian littoral plain, the spectacular diversity of Iran will be experienced.

The trip is organized in such a way that complements the students' study of interdisciplinary humanities by developing insights into Islamic art and architecture, Islamic mysticism, ancient Persian civilization, environmental activism, Persian poetry, Iranian handicrafts, Islamic revolutionary theory and practice, as well as the Iranian response to globalization.

Four units of Humanities credit is available to registered students of New College of California as a Middle East Studies Elective. The Middle East Studies elective is a field workshop in the Middle East, which focuses on the student's selected emphasis in Islamic Art & Architecture, Islamic Studies, Persian Society & Culture, Environmental Studies and History, Cultures and Politics of the Middle East, etc. The units offered through this elective count towards the B.A. in Humanities and, in some cases, the science or art breadth requirement as well. Continuing Education Units can also be obtained through this educational tour.

To view Itinerary, please visit web site of New College of California

Financial Aid
Financial aid is available for this study tour to Iran for those who qualify. Please contact Javier Olguin in the Registrar's Office for details on financial aid and registration procedures at (415) 716-8349 or contact us.

For further information about this study tour to Iran, the itinerary, trip costs, reservations or general questions, etc. please contact Jerry Dekker or call him at (415) 437-3406.

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