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International Experience in Quebec Spring 2016

Clinton Community College’s (CCC) Humanities 285 course, again, took students global this semester! The “International Experience in Quebec” course was created to promote Clinton's goal of preparing students to meet both global and local challenges of our region and society, connecting with a foreign culture, yet with one that is deeply connected to our local roots.

Six students – Evan Monette, Shawna Meyers, Benika Davis, Ryan Parrotte, with professors, David Graham and Diane Parmeter, began the course on-campus in January, traveled to Montreal during the semester, and continued for three days at semester’s end with study in Quebec City.

A focus of the program was on experiencing Quebecois culture and making connections with our local North Country Quebecois roots. Students researched their genealogies and discovered they have Quebecois ancestors that go back to the early settlers from France. In addition, they interviewed local Quebecers living in the North Country to gain their perspectives on important issues.

A highlight of the course was the cultural immersion, taking an up-close, personal look at Quebecois culture in Montreal and Quebec City

In April they stayed in cosmopolitan Montreal where they participated in lectures about the Quebecois language, history and culture. They visited historically and culturally significant sites, hockey night at the Bell Center, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Jean Talon Market and the archeology museum.

After the semester ended they traveled to traditional Quebec City where they stayed in the Laval University dorms and completed their study of Quebecois culture. They visited the Huron village at Wendake and historical sites, including Old Quebec and the Plains of Abraham, where the battle for North America was fought.

Overall, the International Experience in Quebec course was a success, providing further opportunity for Clinton students to learn about the world, make connections, and engage with others to address global, as well as local issues. The study was made possible in great part with scholarships from the
Clinton Foundation.