Czech Republic: Arts and Social Change
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Faculty and Staff
Sarah Brock, Academic Director
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sarah Brock received her MA in art history from Syracuse University and her BA in art from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in Prague as an art history lecturer, an advisor to Czech NGOs, an arts critic, and a manager of the US Embassy's nonprofit portfolio and grants program. She also served as co-curator of the exhibition of Czech and Los Angeles artists entitled "Certain Traces: Dialogue 2004." Her primary research interests are alternative arts spaces in Central Europe and arts-based research methods.
Having lived in Prague during the vital post-communist transition period, Ms. Brock's work with the SIT Study Abroad program has been greatly influenced by her affiliation with Czech civil society leaders and artists. In her words, "There is no better way to learn about the social and cultural complexity of the post-communist period than to speak directly with specialists or to join them in arts and community programs."
Ms. Brock became academic director of the Czech Republic program in 2005. In her role as academic director, Ms. Brock oversees every aspect of the program. In addition to giving lectures, coordinating seminars, and structuring educational excursions, Ms. Brock works individually with students to ensure that they develop unique, creative, and academically relevant independent study projects drawing upon the wide range of academic advisors, artists, and NGO activists available to the program.
Lenka Křenková, Program Assistant and Homestay Coordinator
As program assistant and homestay coordinator, Ms Křenkova supports program implementation and homestays, providing essential communications support to students and families. Having worked in Scotland with the National Piping Association and with Czech NGO projects such as Youth and Evironmental Europe, Ms Křenkova brings a unique and relevant experience to her role with the SIT program. She has degrees in Humanities and Theatre Anthropology.
Dr. Lída Holá, Czech Language Instructor
Dr. Holá is a specialist and innovator in the field of Czech language study whose series of text books, Czech Step by Step I and II and Czech Express , are used as an essential resource for Czech language learning in Europe as well as in American university courses. Dr. Holá holds a doctoral degree in English and Russian languages and early in her career was twice awarded the Young Translators Competition of Jiří Levý. She has been a member of the Association of Teachers of Czech as a Foreign Language (AUČCJ) since 2002 and served as a vice president of the executive committee from 2005 to 2009. In addition to teaching and publishing activities, Dr. Holá has published numerous articles on teaching Czech as a foreign language, given papers at conferences on her topic in Europe and the United States, and translated books such as Hidden History by Otokar Březina (Twisted Spoon Publishers, Prague, 2000) and the English sections of The Correspondence of Karel Capek (NLN, Prague, 1995).
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Prague
Language Study: Czech
Prerequisites: For visual arts, photography, and dance studio work, background in the area of study is required. Students enrolling in creative writing must be majors or minors in writing. For all students, previous survey courses in European history or arts history are recommended, but not required. Read more...
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