Tammy Theis, master’s student, Graduate Liberal Studies
SFU ✈ Bologna, Italy | Distance: 8,698.08 km
Tammy Theis, a master’s student in the Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) Program, took the travel-study course, LS 819 Selected Topics: Italy in the Ancient and Modern Imagination, and visited Bologna, Italy this summer. While there, she wrote a rap battle and recorded it with a Sony music producer.
“GLS students are encouraged to translate course assignments into creative projects,” says Theis, who’s also a staffer in the history department. “Being a singer, songwriter and MC, I frequently turn a course text or theme into a creative retelling in song. I was struck by the idea of writing a rap battle between [renowned poets] Ezra Pound and Dante Alighieri while walking the streets of Bologna. The city is the seat of leftists' dialogue and protest in Italy—intellectual battle central, if you may.”