The Henry Bellmon Office of
Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research
invites applicants for the
2014 “Cowboys in Cambridge” Program:
HIV/AIDS in U.S. and Transnational Politics and Culture
(Dr. Laura Belmonte, Professor of History | July 6-18, 2014 | 3 Credit Hours)
The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research summer “Cowboys in Cambridge” program celebrated in 2013 its 10th anniversary at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. The program involves two weeks of study on a course prepared by OSU’s top faculty, with completion of the course project in mid-October for fall semester honors (if applicable) or general credit (3 hours). Typically students will spend 4-5 hours per day in class during weekdays. The middle weekend (July 12th and 13th) is left open, except for an optional excursion (free) to Highclere Castle (of “Downton Abbey” fame) or Leeds Castle (availability dependent) on Sat, July 12th.
2014 Course Information
This year’s course will investigate (i) the medical history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, (ii) the impact of HIV/AIDS on U.S. and global politics and society, (iii) the transnational network of AIDS activists and organizations who brought the pandemic to the world’s attention and shaped the global response to it, (iv) reflections of HIV/AIDS in American culture. Through monographs, memoirs, fiction, and films, we will examine the origins, evolution, and impact of the modern age’s most devastating pandemic.
Some of the questions we will explore are (i) What triggered the HIV/AIDS epidemic? (ii) How did social, cultural, and political factors shape the initial response to the disease in the United States and abroad? (iii) How did AIDS activism transform health care advocacy? (iv) How has the experience of those living with HIV/AIDS changed over time and varied depending on race, class, and nationality? (v) What lessons should the global community take from its evolving response to the HIV/AIDS crisis?
This is a general education topic that should be of interest to any OSU undergraduate who wants to work hard in this setting, accompanied by other OSU young scholars and led by Dr. Belmonte. Ambitious and talented students interested in history, politics, medicine, and/or activism are welcome and encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will go through a thorough orientation and be assigned texts for study in May and June to prepare for this terrific experience.
2014 Course Costs and Scholarship Support
Actual costs are $3,480, however, all students accepted into the program will receive substantial scholarship support ($1,500) bringing the cost down to $1,980. Further scholarship support of up to $500 may be available to students requesting it by submitting an optional short essay describing their need. Further, the OSU Office of Study Abroad has additional scholarships that students may apply for. The cost includes 3 OSU credit hours, two guest lecturers, single room and board (free breakfast daily), a four-course formal dinner in William Wordsworth’s old room at St John’s College, a group photograph outside the Pepy’s Library at Magdalene College, bus excursion to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and guest lecturer, bus excursion and admission to Highclere or Leeds Castle, and tickets to an outdoor Shakespeare play in Cambridge. All items mentioned are subject to availability and change. Travel expenses to Cambridge, miscellaneous personal expenses, and any costs associated with travel before or after the course are not included.
Download the 2014 “Cowboys in Cambridge” Application
(Deadline: Jan. 31, 2014)