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COURTESY OF JOSEPH LENNON

Villanova University students rehearse in Ireland's national theater, Abbey Theatre,
in Dublin. Many of its shows focus on gender, politics, and the often-fractious
relationship between the Ireland's Catholic and Protestant communities. At the
end of the intensive summer internship program, students perform in workshops
at the Abbey for women recovering from addiction and abuse.

"Being an outsider in another place and learning with
people from that country, doing the work and really learning instead of just being told what it's like, is invaluable,"
Montgomery says. "If they did the work here in New York
it would still be amazing, but the extra layer of doing it
with experts and leaders in other communities and other
countries is something you can't underestimate."
Montgomery, who rotates trips abroad with five other full-time faculty members, says the diversity of the
locations provides NYU's students with a variety of opportunities to learn. The England program, usually held
in London, focuses on theatre and classroom drama for
young audiences. In Dublin, students work on community
engagement projects, working with masks and learning
how to perform in the streets or at a particular site. In
Puerto Rico, students work with inmates at a maximum security prison and participate in a mask parade in San Juan.
"What we do all depends on the locale," Montgomery
says. "Puerto Rico has a more overt social justice agenda,
and so much of what happens there is in response to what
is happening on the island. In Dublin, the same is true,
because a lot of the focus is working on using drama with
various communities outside the classroom."
"These are things you can't do in a regular program in
the U.S.," Montgomery says. "By participating in this way,
you really get involved and immersed in the culture, which
provides you with an authentic context for learning."
Whalen says this immersion is central to the idea behind all education abroad programs-that students will be

"Theatre is used as a
teaching tool for expression
and self-actualization.
They ask what can art do
to reflect contemporary social issues,
rather than merely
provide entertainment."

affected greatly by what they learn from being immersed
in the culture of another country.
"Every study abroad program worth anything, and most
are, have a philosophy that transformation of the individual
is central to their being," Whalen says. "In performance
programs, you're trying to transform the art form by learning new, specific tools that you can use on the stage. It's not
just about learning how to act or dance better.
Whalen says students who participate in a theatrerelated study abroad program return with a "wonderfully
broadened perspective of humanity."
"By integrating the performing arts into your studies
when you're going abroad, you get to make connections in
ways that are far different than if you were just studying general education or exploring the cities on your own," he says.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2016

From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - Cover2
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 1
International Educator - November/December 2016 - From the Editor
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 3
International Educator - November/December 2016 - In Brief
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 5
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 6
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 7
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - 10
International Educator - November/December 2016 - 11
International Educator - November/December 2016 - Voices
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - Act Globally
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - Tradition and History
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - Health and Insurance
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - International Enrollment
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