Culture Shock: A Journey Abroad

"Culture Shock" exhibit
Culture Shock opened in November to coincide with International Education Week (Nov. 12-16). The exhibit will be on display from November 1, 2012 through early January 2013.

About the Curator

William Fischer, an undergraduate student at Cal State Fullerton studied abroad during his junior year. Fischer visited 14 countries in Europe and North Africa, each of which provided unique experiences within their specific culture, while at the same time earning him full-time academic credit at CSUF.

About the Exhibit

"Less than 2% of students study abroad. As a proponent for international education, every student should look into what the California State University International Program has to offer and apply yourself. Step out from the norm, gain crucial life skills, and apply them to the global world we live in. A year abroad in Madrid, Spain gave me the opportunity to earn a second major and graduate with double degrees in Medical Anthropology and Spanish without delaying my graduation date. The possibilities are out there for everyone to succeed, don't hesitate, apply yourself, the rewards are infinite."

Fischer's exhibit, Culture Shock: A Journey Abroad, on display near the Circulation Desk of Pollak Library first floor south is a representation of how students can expand their boundaries internationally. In his first exhibit, Fischer combines newspapers, photographs and other ephemera from locations such as:

  • Tifnit, Morocco: Cement town with population 50 men, 1 burro.
  • Eiffel Tower – Paris, France: 710 steps: raced to the bottom.
  • Plaça d'Espanya – Copa Mundial España: Montjuic, World Cup Final.
  • Auschwitz Concentration Camp I, Poland.
  • Morocco's "Marrakesh Express": Overnight train, Tangier-Marrakesh.
  • Vienna Opera House, Austria: Madame Butterfly, 3.50€ Stehparterre.
  • Berlin Memorial, Germany: Fernsehturm Berlin.
  • Lisboa, Portugal: Castelo dos Mouros, Sintra 8th century.

Exhibit Photos

Related Pages

Related Policies & Guidelines

Location & Floor Map

Library South First Floor map

View full detailed version of map | Download or print a PDF copy of map