Over the weekend of 24 March 2012, 42 students and 2 faculty embarked on a marathon voyage by bus to New York City as part of a Teaching International and Honors Program trip to see the Islamic Art exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in mid-town Manhattan.
The exhibit included pieces of Islamic art from Africa, the Middle East, India, and elsewhere. The display, called "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition," will be at the New York City museum through July 8, 2012.
Afterwards, students spent the day exploring the sites of the city.
The faculty members who accompanied the students were Douglas Charles, assistant professor of history, and David Seitz, assistant professor of communications, both members of the Teaching International committee.
As part of the Teaching International initiative, Penn State Greater Allegheny has adopted each year a country or region of the world, and a theme, as a common focus to inspire teaching and scholarship. The region for the 2011-2012 academic year is the Middle East and the theme is the Millenium Development Goals. Teaching International works closely with the campus sustainability project, Greener Allegheny, and the Honors Program to sponsor events that raise awareness of global issues.