The course will highlight the role of the Irish potato in the Great Famine that struck Ireland from 1845 to 1852.

Course Name

HORT 499H: Walking in the Footsteps of the Irish During the Irish Potato Famine, Examination of New World Crops in Old World Societies

spring semester (3.0 credits) summer semester (0.25 credits with no campus fees)

About the Course

This program is for students who want to learn about the relationship of New World crops (i.e. crops that were native to North and South America before 1492, such as potato, corn, bean, tomato and chocolate) to Old World societies (i.e. Europe, Asia and Africa or those parts of the world known to Europeans before 1492). One to two new world crops per week will be discussed in the spring course with hands-on sampling of some of the culinary uses of these crops. The last five weeks of the spring course will highlight the role of the Irish potato in the Great Famine that struck Ireland during 1845 to 1852, resulting in the loss of population to Ireland and the wave of Irish immigrants to the U.S.

Why Should I Participate?

Our trip to Ireland will retrace important steps of the famine and the emigration and hardship that resulted.  We collaborate with researchers and the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) in Ireland to provide a 10 day educational and guided experience into this subject. We will not only observe Irish cultural and historical sites but current production practices of potatoes in Ireland. The academic, cultural and co-curricular activities and locales we will integrate into the trip include (subject to change):

  • Guided tour of Dublin including visiting sites in Dublin City
  • Irish National Famine Museum - Strokestown Park
  • Guided tour of Galway and visit at the National University of Ireland
  • Cliffs of Mohr
  • Killarney – Ring of Kerry and Old Barrricks, Heritage Centre
  • Muckross Farm
  • Cobh Heritage Centre and the Titanic Experience
  • Blarney Castle
  • Aran Islands

The overall student experience will emphasize and highlight the importance of food, agriculture, community, and natural resources in a global society. While in Ireland, students will also be required to lead an in-country seminar/educational/cultural experience.

How do I sign up?

To apply for this course, choose one issue of the Irish Potato Famine that is personally compelling, and write a 750 word essay that describes the issue and its impact on agriculture, citizens, communities, or culture. E-Mail your essay as an attachment to Dr. Dennis Decoteau – drd10@psu.edu by October 21, 2022. Applicants will be notified by October 28th and will need to confirm their participation with a deposit on November 4th.  First priority will be given to  students  in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The first meeting of the course (HORT 499F) will be January 9, 2023.

Approximate Expenses

  • Summer Tuition 0.25 credit: $200
  • Airfare Roundtrip Philadelphia to Dublin: estimating $1000
  • PROGRAM FEE
    • Estimated at $2000
    • Program fee includes lodging, on-ground transportation, all breakfast plus some additional meals, admission to museums, industry, and historical sites
  • Additional meals and other expenses to consider: Passport, international health insurance, international cell phone plan, souvenirs and other personal expenses, estimate $500+

More Information

Contact:

  • Dr. Dennis Decoteau, drd10@psu.edu
  • Dr. Tracy Hoover, tsh102@psu.edu

Ag Sciences Global

Address

106 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802

Ag Sciences Global

Address

106 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802