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fun ideas for
Jan Term:
from Dr. Jeremy Lewis.
(Under construction by Jeremy Lewis; last revised 28 Dec '01.)
NO representation is made that ANY of these ideas might become reality!
Caribbean windsurfing (perhaps Easter break), anyone?
Caribbean map
Washington DC.
Georgia.
Fieldwork, local.
Rugby.
Windsurfing.
Skiing.
Public Affairs Club
 
Jan Term ideas from Dr. Jeremy Lewis.

A Week in Washington DC (2002).
Dr. Jeremy Lewis.
Minimum 10 Students, maximum 25.
In the second week of Jan Term, students will fly to Washington DC Sunday for a week of touring the Smithsonian Institution's museums and art galleries, and briefings from guest speakers from politics, economics, law and international relations. 
Costs: private transport to Montgomery or Atlanta airport (TBA), R/T flight to Washington, shared room in hotel in Washington, meals and pocket money.  Rough estimate: under $500 per person.

Optional extension: World Affairs Council of America conference on "The Future of the Americas", Jan 16-19, 2002, including top-level speakers from North & South American governments: ministers, representatives, ambassadors, experts. Conference registration is $350 and hotel is $125 per double room/night.  Includes: receptions, luncheons, Latin American cultural evening, some tours.  "Buses and security provided" by WACA.

Required: professional attire (jacket & tie or equivalent) for some events. For WACA conference, good academic record and permission of instructor.
Caveats: at present, opening and security arrangements -- and flight prices -- are in constant flux.  We will give firmer information as soon as possible.


Marching through Georgia.
Dr. Jeremy Lewis.
Minimum 10 Students, maximum 25.
For a few days during Jan Term, we will drive to Atlanta for the Carter presidential museum and Center (a research institute for negotiating world peace) for a tour and briefings.  We will visit the CNN studios and possibly have briefings from Georgia political officials, TBA.  We will also tour the Franklin Delano Roosevelt retreat museum at Warm Springs (set in beautiful countryside, and currently being added to with a large modern museum.) 
Required: professional attire (jacket & tie or equivalent) for some events. For WACA conference, good academic record and permission of instructor.
Costs: car pool by private transport to Atlanta, R/T, shared room in hotel, meals and pocket money.  Rough estimate: under $200 per person.


Fieldwork in State Politics (1999).
We took trips to downtown Montgomery for briefings, for examples: from a federal judge, a US district Attorney, an FBI special agent, an official from a state agency; and the Governor's staff.  Also, a tour of WSFA-TV studios, and observation of a federal trial (on a sexual harrassment charge) with briefings from the counsel on both sides, and an interview in chambers with the judge.


Coed Rugby (2000).
see Rugby page.


British Politics and Rugby (1997).
see Rugby page.


Windsurfing in Aruba.
Aruba's windchart__Flag of Aruba__Windsurfers with hand dip
Sailboard Vacations runs excellent packages for lessons and accommodation on this neat Dutch island in the Caribbean, off the coast of northern South America. Dr. Lewis will demonstrate basic techniques beforehand, you will read a lively illustrated text, and there will be equipment rentals and beginners' lessons included on the island.  Aruba has year-round trade winds, and a warm winter.  No experience necessary.
Costs: R/T flight and ground transport, share of hotel room, meals, gear rentals, lessons and lift tickets, pocket money.
Info from Sailboard Vacations web page (note that their windchart shows January winds are milder, good for beginners):

"Windsurfing Conditions.  Aruba offers the most consistently reliable wind in the Caribbean with average year-round wind speeds in excess of 20 knots, often increasing to 25 – 30 knots during spring and summer.   Flat, shallow water will offer excellent beginner sailing inside the reef, while more advanced sailors enjoy the “blue highway” offshore for speed sailing.  The wind builds from ideal learning conditions in the morning to blasting winds for more advanced sailors in the afternoon.  The beach is located directly across the street, and windsurfing gear is rigged and ready to go with all sail and board sizes to choose from."
Dry Lesson__Caribbean map

Skiing in Colorado: better for experienced skiiers.
We will fly to Colorado Springs and take a bus to Breckenridge or an equivalent high-quality ski mountain.  Dr. Lewis will demonstrate basic techniques beforehand, you will read a lively illustrated text, and there will be equipment rentals and beginners' lessons included.  Warm clothes and goggles essential, physical fitness required, but no experience necessary. The high altitude may not be suitable for asthmatics.   The vertical drop (size of longest ski runs) is around 3,000 feet, with glorious packed powder snow.
Costs: in addition to warm clothing and $25 goggles; R/T flight (about $300) and ground transport ($50), share of hotel room ($60/night), meals ($30 /day), ski rentals, lessons ($15 /lesson) and lift tickets ($35 /day), pocket money.

Skiing in the Smokies: better for beginners.
We will drive to one of the better resorts in the Smokies, on the Tennessee side (Ski mountain, Ober Gatlinburg) or the North Carolina Side (Cataloochee, Appalachian, Wolf Laurel, or Sugar Ski).  Dr. Lewis will demonstrate basic techniques beforehand, you will read a lively illustrated text, and there will be equipment rentals and beginners' lessons included.  Warm clothes and goggles essential, physical fitness required, but no experience necessary.  Although these mountains are much smaller than those in Colorado, we can drive there in about six hours, and accommodation is less expensive.  For beginners and lower intermediates, this is a more convenient solution.  The vertical drop (size of longest ski runs) is only around 300 - 600 feet, with mostly artificial snow, and variable conditions.
Costs: in addition to warm clothing and $25 goggles; ground transport (gas @$60 /car), share of hotel room (@$40 /night), meals ($25 /day), ski rentals ($15 /day), lessons ($15) and lift tickets ($35 /day), pocket money.

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