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Grant to send APSU student to Europe to film Holocaust documentary

Austin Peay State University is looking for an undergraduate student interested in both history and film production to travel to Europe next summer and produce a short documentary on his or her exploration of the Holocaust.

A newly established grant at APSU will pay for the eligible students round-trip airfare, accommodations, railway tickets, health insurance, site admissions and program fees. The grant program is a collaborative effort between the APSU Department of Communication, the APSU Department of History and Philosophy and the Office of International Education.
Austin Peay State University is looking for an undergraduate student interested in both history and film production to travel to Europe next summer and produce a short documentary on his or her exploration of the Holocaust.

A newly established grant at APSU will pay for the eligible student's round-trip airfare, accommodations, railway tickets, health insurance, site admissions and program fees. The grant program is a collaborative effort between the APSU Department of Communication, the APSU Department of History and Philosophy and the Office of International Education.

“The Study Abroad Video Documentary grant program provides a unique opportunity for an APSU student to gain real-world, experiential knowledge of video production in a foreign location while capturing the transformative events that occur during a student's experience on an abroad program,” Tina Rousselot de Saint Ceran, coordinator of International Education at APSU, said.

While in Europe, the student will use video equipment to document his or her visits to important Holocaust sites, such as the concentration camp at Dachau. That footage will be edited into a 22- to 25- minute documentary film when the student returns to APSU.

“We're looking for professional quality work,” Kathy Lee Heuston, assistant professor of communication, said. “It's intensive. Students start in January (2011) doing prep work. Then they leave for Europe in the summer and come back and edit in the fall. We're looking for a professional documentary to be produced out of this.”

Applications for the grant must be received by the APSU International Education Office by Oct. 19, 2010. The grant recipient will complete 12 credit-hours of a combination of history and communication coursework while completing the video documentary project. A group of faculty and staff from the sponsoring departments will serve as advisers to the project.

The resulting documentary should provide an in-depth look at the growth and interaction of students and faculty as they explore the Holocaust and the history and culture of Europe.

For more information on this grant, including eligibility requirements, contact Rousselot de Saint Ceran at 221-6851 or rousselott@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth