Calendar of Events

Friday, October 28 – Arrival

  • Arrive in the United States at Lambert International Airport, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Bus from St. Louis to Carbondale, Illinois
  • Stay at the Best Western Saluki Inn

Saturday, October 29 – Welcome to Southern Illinois

  • Welcome breakfast at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center
  • Late morning orientation, shopping and lunch in Carbondale
  • Afternoon hike at Ferne Clyffe State Park
  • Dinner in Carbondale

Sunday, October 30 – American Autumn Events

Monday, October 31 – The Halloween Experience

  • Tour of the campus of Southern Illinois University and the city of Carbondale
  • Dinner with CESL faculty, staff, and their families
  • Observing or participating in trick-or-treating events in Carbondale

Tuesday, November 1 – American Media

  • Morning visit to WSIU studios for a guest lecture
  • Afternoon screening and discussion of Crash
  • Evening visit to a local privately-owned radio station, WDBX

Wednesday, November 2 – Team Building Activities

  • Afternoon visit to Touch of Nature for leadership and team-building activities
  • Afternoon hike to Ferne Clyffe State Park (for those who didn’t hike on Saturday)

Thursday, November 3 – Race Relations in Southern Illinois

  • Morning Coffee with a Cop
  • Afternoon guest lecture
  • Visit to the African-American Museum of Southern Illinois

Friday, November 4 – The Mississippi River

Saturday, November 5 – St. Louis, Missouri

Sunday, November 6 – Day of rest

Monday, November 7 – Education & Elections

  • Afternoon screening and discussion of the film Waiting for Superman
  • Preview of the U.S. Presidential Elections with Dr. John Jackson

Tuesday, November 8 – Election Day

  • Visit voting and polling locations in Southern Illinois
  • Visit candidates’ election headquarters

Wednesday, November 9 – School Visit

Thursday, November 10 – Celebration of Cultures

  • Joint activity with CESL graduate students
  • Afternoon Celebration of Cultures with campus and community members at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center

Friday, November 11 – Farewell Dinner

  • Dinner at 17th Street BBQ

Saturday, November 12 – Departure




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