Maymester & Problems Without Passports

Indigenous Languages in the Contemporary World

Units: 4
Dates of course: May 13th to 30th, 2020

Professor Tok Thompson gathers with students at the Glencolumbcille standing stone, Glencolumbcille, May 29, 2019. 


This course will engage students in examining the politics of language, including linguistic ties to ethnic identity, national identity, state and civic identity, and more. Initial readings and discussions at USC will be augmented by a travel component for intensive fieldwork on these issues in Ireland and Northern Ireland. From their hands-on field research, students will learn how academic knowledge of languages both stems from everyday life, and also influences it, as they examine a critical case study in revitalization movements of indigenous and minority languages.

Two-week travel component to Ireland/Northern Ireland. Most Dornsife students can have their travel expenses covered by SURFSee also: Problems Without Passports. For more information, please contact Prof. Tok Thompson


Image credit: Yumeng He


The Global Performance of Healing in Portugal and Spain

Units: 4
Dates of course: May 17th to June 17th, 2020

This student-driven experiential research course will examine not only the performance of healing through pilgrimage but also the performance of anthropology. Backpacking through Portugal and Spain, focused reflection groups will shape students’ independent research project walking a segment of the Camino de Santiago. Students will gain a background in cultural anthropology while learning critical observation skills, how to prepare and conduct interviews, survey techniques, and qualitative data analysis.   

For more information, please contact Professor Erin P. Moore. Note from instructor: Please get D Clearance through personal interview. 



  • Department of Anthropology
  • University of Southern California
  • 3620 South Vermont Ave.,Suite 352
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-2537