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The aim of the Country Study program is, over the course of a full academic year, to take a
wide-ranging look at a specific country or region under study from its earliest history right up
to current events. It is our belief that in order to understand and appreciate other countries
and cultures, one needs to employ a broad lens and engage the "other" on a myriad of levels.
The program allows faculty and student participants, and community guests to break down
stereotypes and connect across cultures. The Year of Country Study program uses a
multidisciplinary approach in order to provide our audiences with a richer, more complex
sense of place and community.
Each academic year the program focuses a series of lectures, performances, exhibits and
films on a specific country or world region. These public programs are linked to credit-earning
special topics courses. In addition, working with the General Education Council, the program
offers a grants program to encourage general education faculty to produce discipline-based
modules on the country under study, use them in their own classes, and disseminate them
among colleagues. In this way, new instructional units are infused throughout our general
All events are free and open to the public. Attendance at the Year of Country Study program
averages over 1,500 per year. The program provides valuable networking opportunities between
KSU and the international communities of North Georgia. Each year the advisory committee for
the program establishes a valuable working relationship with consular officials, business leaders,
and expatriates from the country under study. We also work with local school districts to
provide professional development opportunities and staff development units to area teachers.