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The Chile Summer 2014 program has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

Summer 2014 Classes

Students will be required to take:
GEOL 1 (Geology, The Earth; 3 units) with Rebecca Perlroth (rperlroth@santarosa.edu) and
HIST 8.2 (Latin America after 1830; 3 units) with Danielle Bruns (dbruns@santarosa.edu).
Both courses are GE, UC and CSU transferrable.

In addition to GEOL 1 and HIST 8.2, students will attend a Chilean Life and Culture course taught by local faculty.

Course Descriptions & Bios

Instructor: Rebecca Perlroth

Rebecca Perlroth, SRJC geology instructor, has been a member of the Earth and Space Sciences Department since 2004. She earned her BS in Geology from Tulane University in New Orleans, and her MS in Geology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She has travelled extensively around the world in search of amazing geology and gorgeous scenery, including one trip to South America. While it doesn’t always happen, she tries to visit a foreign location at least once per year. She travels regularly with students on extended class field trips to the Sierra Nevada and other locations, and with SRJC’s Geology Club on day and overnight trips.

Rebecca is excited about visiting Chile to study geology and learn about the history and culture, experience the local flavor and see some incredible sights. “Come explore with me!”

GEOL 1 – Geology, The Earth

3 units. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent. (Grade or P/NP) Transfer: CSU; UC
There can be no finer place to study geology than in one of the birthplaces of the Earth itself. The Andes Mountains, a volcanic wonderland, are the backdrop of coastal Chile and Viña del Mar. Other educational playgrounds – the coast, active glaciers, an exciting earthquake history, and stunning national parks – are part of the active classroom in which SRJC students will study geology while in Chile. 

Instructor: Danielle Bruns

Danielle Bruns has been teaching history at SRJC since 2006. She attended Sonoma State University where she earned her BA and MA in History, as well as a teaching credential in Social Science. Her emphasis in history is social history, particularly the history of women and race.

Danielle enjoys teaching a wide range of subjects from United States History to Global Issues courses at the high school level in addition to teaching at SRJC. She has taken students on many trips, most recently to Washington D.C. where her students managed to only accidentally shut down the capital building for a few hours. She is very excited to take students to Chile where she can immerse herself in a different culture and live in a country that has had a female president.

HIST 8.2 – Latin America after 1830

3 units. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent. (Grade or P/NP) Transfer: CSU; UC
The story of Latin America from independence to the present is a constant struggle of the people to create a new social and political system out of dictatorships, which often had United States support. We will look at the myth and reality of leaders from Simon Bolivar to Che Guevara, as well as the revolutionary movements of Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Chile is the perfect setting for the course, as Chile itself had a socialist movement which culminated in the election of a socialist president. The president was then assassinated by a military dictator with the backing of the United States, who eventually lost power as Chile found its way back to democracy.