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Inside Higher Ed Publishes Professor’s Essay on GO South Africa

Published on August 28, 2014

Students dance during their GO study trip to South AfricaSusquehanna University’s Glen Retief, associate professor of English and creative writing, shared his thoughts on leading a group of 15 students on the culturally immersive Global Opportunities (GO) study trip to his native South Africa on Inside Higher Ed. Retief's personal essay, titled “On Study Abroad, Conscripted Dances, and Mysterious Natives," examines the challenges of mentoring students through different cultural scenarios.

An excerpt: “Over the past eight days, we've eaten grilled cow’s cheeks in a miners’ hostel in Alexandra township. We’ve paid our respects to a blanket-clad Sotho chief. We’ve learned Shangani dances by lamplight, with the smells of giraffe barbecue wafting over from the nearby fires; used moonlit sisal bushes for toilets; and gone hunting with pack dogs in the coastal scrublands of Kwazulu-Natal.”

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