Monday, December 21, 2009

Seminar Abroad 2010: Delegation Roster

I will post more information later, but for now, here's the travel roster:
Tim Conrod (Bristol, CT)
Dave Fitzpatrick (Ballston Lake, NY)
Shawn Fitzpatrick (Ballston Lake, NY)
Dan Gould (West Newton, MA)
Sean Healey (Portland, CT)
Mike Jones (Stone Ridge, NY)
Ally Ostler (Sharton, VT)
Dave Quackenbush (Mid. Haddam, CT)
Spencer Severs (Woodstock, CT)
Kevin Shaker (North Adams, MA)
Nick Starr (Somers, CT)
Curt Hamakawa (Wilbraham, MA)
Dan Covell (Concord, MA)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Seminar Abroad 2010: FIFA World Cup/South Africa

This summer, my friend and colleague, Dr. Dan Covell, and I will be taking a group of 11 Western New England College students to South Africa in conjunction with the FIFA World Cup, which will be the first time that soccer's premier event will be played on the African continent. What an experience it will be to visit a country that until 1994 -- when these students were in grade school -- was a global pariah owing to its decades-long, white-supremacist policy. To get a glimpse of Nelson Mandela's grand strategy using sport in an attempt to unify his fellow countrymen in the post-apartheid era, I recommend viewing Clint Eastwood's "Invictus," starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon (which I saw last night), as well as reading the book of the same title by John Carlin.