Professor says teaching will never be the same
August 9th, 2010
A group of 11 students who traveled to India for a summer study abroad experience have returned. While in India, students visited the sites most tour groups visit, but it was the personal connections that made this trip unique. The group was led by communication professor Ananda Mitra and his wife, Swati Basu, who is a research professor in the physics department. While in India, students met Mitra’s mother and cousin’s family, and Basu’s parents. They learned about daily life in India from mentors who are both from Wake Forest and from India.
“I cannot believe that two years of planning, all the anxiety and all the great times are over. I will miss these kids and the constant vigilance over the past few weeks,” wrote Mitra in a posting to the India Summer Study Abroad Facebook page. “Teaching will never be the same for me again.”
The trip was part of a summer class on communication, culture and sustainability taught by Mitra—an expert in social media, cultural sustainability and job outsourcing to India.
Mitra and Basu are available for media interviews. Student interviews can also be arranged.