Course Details for Dr. Gregory Hammond - Summer - 2020

Mystery of the Maya

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Dr. Gregory Hammond is an Associate Professor of History at Austin Peay State University who knows from personal experience how enriching international travel can be. As an undergraduate at Williams college he first experienced study abroad as a Junior in Madrid, Spain. Since then, his research on women’s suffrage in Latin America has taken him to conferences and archives in Argentina, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Honduras, and Russia. His courses have ranged from focused looks at the culture and history of these nations to survey courses on world and U.S. history. Over the course of his career, Dr. Hammond has taught at a variety of Universities, ranging from large public institutions such as Arizona State and the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his doctorate in 2004, to small private colleges such as Oberlin and Colgate. At all of these universities, Dr. Hammond has had the opportunity to work with bright, motivated students and has worked to help them all achieve their goals in school and beyond. (More Info)

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Mystery of the Maya

Program Dates:
May 21, 2020 — June 03, 2020

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
HIST 101


Course Description:
As archaeologists came to re-discover the Maya sites of Central America, they speculated about their origins, noticing their similarities to other human civilizations from beyond the Americas. In this introductory-level undergraduate course, we will compare the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas, leading up to the moment of sustained contact between the eastern and western worlds. Visits to the Belize Zoo, Blue Creek field station, and South Water Caye will help illustrate the conditions of early societies, while trips to Tikal (Guatemala) and Lamanai and/or Xunantunich (Belize) will allow us to examine the growth of complex societies.

Writing skills commensurate with an introductory-level undergraduate course.

Physical Activity Requirements:
Students will spend most of their days outside. You will need to be able to hike up to 4 miles per day on unpaved trails in hot and humid conditions while carrying water and notepads.

Course Highlights:
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