Course Details for Dr. Michael Joseph Simonton - Summer - 2020

Living the Country Life in Ireland

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Michael J. Simonton, Director of Celtic Studies and Lecturer in Anthropology, has been at NKU since 2000. He earned his PhD in Social Anthropology at the National University of Ireland with a longitudinal study of Aging in the context of societal transformation. His other research interests include the origins of the Celtic peoples just prior to and during the Iron Age using ancient history, linguistics, oral literature, and archeology to trace the movements of culturally and geographically related peoples across three continents. He has published four books: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Readings in Cultural Anthropology; Ballybradán: Personal and Cultural Transformation in a North Connacht Town; and Sailing A Life Course: A Longitudinal Study Of Aging In An Irish Town., as well as shorter pieces, such as ‘Celtic Europe: Ancient and Modern’ a major entry in Sage Publications’ Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Northern Kentucky University Student Support Services Faculty of Distinction Award 2006 & 2007 The Margaret Mary Edmonds Huth Memorial Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Senior in Anthropology, University of Dayton 1976 (More Info)

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Living the Country Life in Ireland

Program Dates:
July 07, 2020 — July 21, 2020

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
ANTH 366 (G)

Anthropology , Gerontology

Course Description:
Explore Irish rural life as it is today and as it has influenced the image of Ireland in the modern world. By visiting living history museums of rural life, like Bunratty 19th century Folk Park, and sites of antiquity, such as Caggenowen ancient Celtic park and Newgrange megalithic center, as well as touring the Irish countryside and interacting with local folks in the lively cities of Limerick and Dublin, students will gain an understanding of the transformation of Irish society in recent decades, and learn how in rarely acknowledged ways Irish society has influenced modern life in the USA.


Physical Activity Requirements:
Expect to walk 4 to 6 miles a day in potentially rural areas.

Course Highlights:
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