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Want a Behind-the-Scenes Look at “Seminar Abroad: 2010 FIFA World Cup/South Africa?” Read the Blog

Posted April 15, 2010

worldcupalumnewsgifOn June 8, eleven students and two faculty members departed Western New England College and headed for South Africa to witness the most popular sporting event in the world—soccer’s World Cup. The Western New England College delegation flew from New York to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where they had time to snap some photos (above, left) before continuing on to Johannesburg.

The trip, funded in part by a $1,000 Alumni Association Grant, is part of the School of Business’ “Seminar Abroad: 2010 FIFA World Cup/South Africa.” Students spent the spring semester studying the social, political, and economical dynamics of international soccer and modern-day South Africa under the direction of professor Dan Covell. During the 8-day trip, the Western New England College group plans to attend four games and blog about the experience.

Off the field, the students will take a behind-the-scenes tour of the FIFA International Broadcast Center, the media nerve center that allows fans in 200-plus countries to be tuned in to the spectacle that is the World Cup. The group will also visit Soweto, the township famous for the 1976 uprisings in protest of the then-government’s apartheid policy. The township was the boyhood home of Nobel Peace Prize winners Nelson Madela and Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Professor Curt Hamakawa L’83, director of the Western New England College Center for International Sport Business, is leading the trip along with Covell. To read Hamakawa's blog about the journey, click here or visit There you will also find links to blogs by students Dave Quackenbush and Tim Conrod.


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