Spring 2019 Distinguished Faculty Lecture 'The Pedagogy of Peripatetic Learning: The Odyssey Model of Study Abroad'

Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs presents Spring 2019 Distinguished Faculty Lecture "The Pedagogy of Peripatetic Learning: The Odyssey Model of Study Abroad" presented by
Linda Longmire, Professor of Global Studies and Director, European Odyssey Program. Linda Longmire was born and raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and attended the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) where she majored in philosophy. She received master’s and doctorate degrees in political science at the City University of New York where she specialized in political theory, American politics, and environmental politics. She began her life at Hofstra as an adjunct in the Political Science department and later moved to New College, Hofstra’s innovative and interdisciplinary liberal arts program.

Because travel had always been so transformative in her own life, she knew that study abroad experience would profoundly further her students’ education and maturation. After developing an interdisciplinary international studies curriculum, she turned her attention to getting her students on the road. Along with Douglas Brinkley, a historian at New College, she developed a summer program in Middelburg, Zeeland, the Netherlands, which was the site of the Roosevelt Study Center and close to the ancestral home of the Roosevelt family. For two summers, 1990 and 1991, the Dutch Summer Abroad took 20 students each year to the beautiful medieval abbey of this small, charming, locale. But this was a historic and dynamic time in Europe with the Berlin Wall having recently fallen and the European Union expanding and redefining the landscapes of the region. So, the following year Professor Longmire proposed a mobile program, the European Odyssey, which would explore this dramatically changing continent in such a critical moment. After a summer prototype, the program was underway and later moved into the regular semester making it easier for students to participate. In 1994, a three-week January intersession program in Mexico was added to the New College study abroad offerings. This Mexican Odyssey followed the same format with a mobile classroom setting that explored the diverse landscapes and peoples of Mexico, and it ran until 2008. Additionally, a summer team-taught program called the Italian Odyssey was developed with colleagues John Teehan and Cindy Rosenthal. The Odyssey model was also employed in the one version of the American Odyssey in 1999, which traced the route of the Civil Rights and other critical social movements. After the demise of New College, the Odyssey programs were moved to the Global Studies and Geography department where they have been housed for the last six years. After his retirement from full-time teaching in 2004, Professor Tim Smith joined the program adding immensely to the content and pedagogy of the program. The 47 iterations of this Odyssey model over the last 28 years raise important pedagogical questions about peripatetic teaching and learning that need to be examined. Both Western and Eastern thought have ancient philosophical and practical insights into the importance of learning while moving. Buddha, Socrates, and Homer as well as numerous contemporary thinkers all have explored and appreciated the incomparable value of teaching and learning on the road.

SpeakerLinda Longmire
Professor of Global Studies
Director, European Odyssey Program
Department of Global Studies and Geography, Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Time: 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m.

Location: Rochelle and Irwin A. Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, 10th Floor, South Campus



Wednesday, April 10, 2019



Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall
Axinn Library, 10th Floor
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 111549-1000

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