Lewis University New Mexico Travel Study
Published: March 30, 2020.
Students from Lewis University’s Romeoville and Albuquerque campuses studied together from March 6 – 9, 2020 in New Mexico. Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, professor of History, and Jim Saya, executive director of Lewis University's Albuquerque campus, led the students enrolled in the Latin American history course.
Cremin said, “We used a place-based learning approach and visited a number of sites including the Coronado Historic Site, San Miguel Church in Santa Fe, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The students evaluated the legacy of Native Americans, the Catholic Church, and Hispanic heritage, and they considered New Mexico's landscape and our Lasallian history.”
Saya added, “The New Mexico setting was an incredible classroom for Albuquerque students to host their Romeoville counterparts and share the storied history of the region. The Romeoville students enriched the classroom by providing a view through their eyes of the cultural dynamics that transformed the southwest.”
The students really enjoyed the place-based learning opportunities.
Itzel Jimenez said, “New Mexico invited me to embrace the mixture of three cultures into one world. I felt free to touch, see, smell, hear, and taste, to experience this region’s history.”
Hiliana Delapaz added, “Our New Mexico travel study definitely enhanced our knowledge of Latin American history. We studied and experienced archeological, cultural, and historical sites. We had amazing docents and guides, who were experts in their fields.”
Students enrolled in the eight-week course started with the intensive onsite format, and will complete the course online and through video conferencing. Students from the Romeoville campus included: Hiliana Delapaz, Itzel Jimenez, Colin Leschman McDonald, and Fargo Thorton. Students from the Albuquerque campus included: Jaquan Greene-Watson, Lonnie Lane, Daniel Nelson, Ryan Nitschke, and Franklin West.
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