Intercultural experiences in Michigan and beyond

  • Students pose in front of a mosque in Dearborn.

  • Middle Eastern Literature students visit the Downtown Synagogue in Detroit.

  • Students at a traditional restaurant in Dearborn.

  • Students enjoy a vista in the mountains of Peru.

  • Spanish students go caiman-watching in the Amazon rainforest.

  • Students visit a ruin in Peru.

April 19, 2018

In late March and early April, liberal arts students applied their cultural knowledge with local and international trips.

Over Spring Break, Brittany Adams’ Spanish students had the opportunity to visit Peru. While in Peru, the students visited the cities of Lima, Cusco and Puerto Maldonado, where they spent their time touring churches, cathedrals and ruins. The students also spent three days in the Amazon rainforest, where they hiked, watched caimans and visited Monkey Island.

On April 7-8, students in Karen Libby’s Middle Eastern Literature class visited Dearborn, Michigan, to get a glimpse into the cultures they have been studying.

Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit, has the most concentrated Arab American population in the United States. During the visit, the students visited the largest mosque in the nation, the Islamic Center of America, as well the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue in Detroit. The students also had the opportunity to sample authentic cuisine at Habib’s Restaurant and other popular eateries in Dearborn.

The trip was used as an introduction to the cultures of Israel and Lebanon, which are the foci of April’s in-class studies.