Tehran, 16 July 2006 (CHN) -- Jerry Dekker, instructor at the Department of Humanities at New College of California, is leading another study tour to Iran entitled "On the Silk Road to Iran" for students, faculty, staff and friends of New College of California from 15-30 of July 2006.
Prof. Dekker, who is fluent in Persian language, lived for several years in Iran and recently retuned to this country with a group of New College students. The aim of this trip is to follow in the footsteps of those who have traveled to Iran throughout the centuries in order to broaden their world perspectives.
According to the website of the New College of California, the itinerary will include the classical centers of Persian culture such as Shiraz and Isfahan, but will also explore the cultures of the Caspian provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran. With the trekking across the deserts of Silk Road of the Iranian Plateau, the crossing of stunning mountain ranges to the exploration of the lush green subtropical Caspian littoral plain, the dramatic diversity of Iran will be experienced.
"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," says New College of California in its announcement.
The trip is organized in such a way that complements the student's study of interdisciplinary humanities by developing insights into Islamic art and architecture, Islamic mysticism, ancient Persian civilization, environmental activism, Persian poetry, Persian handicrafts, Islamic revolutionary theory and practice, as well as the Iranian response to globalization.
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, languages, 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.
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