Nomination submitted by: Peter W. Wakefield, Ph.D., Program Director, Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning
The Halle Institute designs a rigorous and substantive itinerary lasting two to three weeks which brings Emory faculty into dialogue with top regional and federal politicians, business leaders, journalists, artists, authors, and scholars. Unique in its goal of bringing non-specialists into a rigorous, structured encounter with another culture, the Halle Institute's Faculty Study Trip Program presents a strong symbol of the Emory University's confidence in the character of its faculty as life-long learners. The program focuses on non-specialists, ideally professors who have not traveled before to the target country.
Faculty participants must complete orientation sessions led by Emory faculty specialists before departure. Participants also teach a class or present a lecture within their scholarly specialization, in English, to a group of professors or students in the host country who share the participant's field of study. Upon return to Emory, the delegation is not required to produce publications or traditional academic output from the trip, rather only to reflect on their experience, to let that experience open new avenues of thought, and to pursue the excitement of their interdisciplinary learning with students and other faculty.