Anthropology Fieldwork in Iceland Just One of Wellesley Summer Session’s Unique Offerings

January 28, 2013

During Summer Session 2012, six Wellesley students (top row: Traci Hamanaka '14, Lilly Gorman '15, Claire Whitman '15; bottom row: Dania Wright '14, Jaya Stenquist '13, Diana Lee '15), with Visiting Professor Justin Armstrong and Knafel Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences Heather Matilla traveled to Grímsey, a small island 25 miles off Iceland's northern coast. They visited the remote island (population: 86)—the only part of the country crossed by the Arctic Circle—to study the unique interactions between humans and their environment as part of the College's Summer Session anthropology course, ANTH 299 Home and Away. In addition to studying in Grímsey, the students spent time in Iceland's cosmopolitan capitol, Reykjavik, and traversed some of the largest glaciers in Europe. The course provided opportunities for students to conduct anthropological fieldwork, produce photo documentaries, and create their own cultural geographic maps. 

Armstrong’s Iceland course is being offered again this summer. A Theatre Studies course, Acting Shakespeare, is another that will take students abroad, with a week in the Bard’s home of Stratford-upon-Avon. More than 60 other courses are offered on campus, such as Principles of Macroeconomics, or Methods in Proteomics with Lab, or Reading Elvis Presley and 1950s America. Please check out the Summer Session website for a complete course listing, and more information.


This year's summer session will be starting two weeks earlier than in the past.
Session I ~ June 3 - June 28
Session II ~ July 1 - July 26

Please contact the summer session office for more information. 
Corinne Frazer, director, Summer Session