Summer 2013: Paris, France

A Moveable Feast: Paris, France

As Ernest Hemingway once wrote to a friend, "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."  Hemingway was one of many American writers, artists, and intellectuals who felt the pull of 'the city of lights' and succumbed to its attractions and cosmopolitan environment.

This faculty led travel program offers students the opportunity to explore most of the major sites and museums of Paris, with an emphasis on art and culture. Classes will be conducted on-site in such places as the Louvre, Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée Carnavalet and the gothic cathedrals of St. Denis and Notre Dame de Paris.

Participants will savor regional French cuisine, explore the neighborhoods of the Left Bank, and take walking tours of Montmartre and Père-Lachaise Cemetery. The group will take an overnight trip to Chantilly and tour the nineteenth century chateau, its park, and the Musée Condé. The program also includes a five-day, four-night excursion to the beautiful Côte d’Azur in the south of France to take in such attractions as the Roman ruins in Fréjus, the Matisse Museum in Nice and the Napoleonic Museum in Antibes.


June 1–30, 2013

Academic Credit

Participants may earn six credit hours from the following courses:
  • Literature/Liberal Arts elective: Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Travel Writing, LITR 3800-04, 3 credit hours - “Travel,” says Pico Iyer, “is the best way we have of rescuing the humanity of places, and saving them from abstraction and ideology.” According to Jonathan Raban, “The best travel writing offers the writer the opportunity to be a novelist, an essayist, a sociologist, a historian, an autobiographer, a literary landscape painter, all in the same breath, on the same page. He or she is free to improvise—to catch life on the wing, to ruminate, observe, weave stories, step in and out of the narrative at will. No holds are barred; there are no formal rules. So long as the writing sustains the reader, the writing can go anywhere, do anything. It is a wonderfully plastic medium in which to work.” In this course, we write essays about places—real and invented. We consider the qualities of travel itself, and its particular role in the lives of artists and writers, deepening our understanding, as temporary wanderers, of what is home and what is homelessness. We read a wide array of travel writing – essays, short stories, book excerpts, poems, blogs—and listen to radio pieces and song lyrics. We read writers from George Orwell to George Saunders, from Marco Polo to Italo Calvino, from Stein to Sedaris. We process our daily experiences living in France—art, language, food, money (and the lack thereof!) into three essays, three pictures of France, three pictures of you in France.
  • Art History/Liberal Arts elective: A Moveable Feast: French Art and Culture, ARTHI 3828-01, 3 credit hours - Paris, France is indeed a work of art as Guillaume Chastenet declared in 1909, which helps to explain its preeminent position in the world of art. With its many world-class museums, which house objects that span the entire history of art, and its numerous historical landmarks, Paris has become a pilgrimage site for any serious student of the visual arts. Students taking this course will receive an in-depth introduction to the art and culture of France and perhaps more importantly the city of Paris. This will be accomplished through numerous site visits, various cultural activities, assigned readings, and a variety of writing assignments. Visits to museums and the major monuments in Paris will emphasize the cultural, historical, and political significance of the art and architecture this course will explore.


Dr. Phyllis Moore, associate professor and director, School of Liberal Arts

Dr. Sherman Reed Anderson, assistant professor, Art History

Program Cost

  • 6 credit hours:  $5,555.00
  • 3 credit hours:  $4,680.00
  • 0 credit hours (associated w/ KCAI):  $3,405.00
  • 0 credit hours (not associated w/ KCAI):  $3,805.00

Prices include tuition, lodging, museum and attraction fees, a day trip to Chantilly, a five day trip to the Côte d’Azur, a Paris Navigo pass, and Welcome & Farewell Bateaux-Mouches cruises.

Please note that this price does not include airfare or meals. Students will be responsible for purchasing airline tickets and will meet Dr. Moore and Dr. Anderson at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris between 8 a.m. and noon June 1.


Jan. 31: Completed applications including all required accompanying documentation and a $250 non-refundable program deposit are due no later than 4 p.m. Applications should be submitted to the international studies coordinator in the Academic Resource Center on the second floor of Jannes Library and the program deposit must be paid in the business office on the second floor of Vanderslice Hall.

Applicants will be contacted by the international studies coordinator via email the following week regarding acceptance into the program.

Feb. 15: The first half of the total program cost is due in the business office.

March 1: Payment for the final half of the total program cost is due in the business office.

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