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ERIC Number: EJ1141588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Study Abroad in a Time of Terror; U.S. Student Experiences in Brussels
Gleye, Paul
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v29 n1 p15-27 Apr 2017
On the morning of March 22, 2016, two men pushed luggage trolleys containing suitcases laden with nail bombs into the departure hall of the Brussels airport and detonated them. About an hour later, a third suicide bomber detonated a nail bomb in a subway train at the Maelbeek metro station near central Brussels. These attacks claimed the lives of 32 victims plus three suicide bombers and caused over 300 injuries, many severe. The attacks brutally affected several hundred people in the airport departure hall and in the subway station. But the consequences immediately spread to thousands of people elsewhere in the airport and throughout the Brussels transit system, both of which immediately shut down. Ramifications then spread to hundreds of thousands of persons affected by disrupted travel throughout Europe and to millions of persons who learned of the events through media. Although Paul Gleye and his 17 study abroad students were safe from the attacks, they were well aware of the intense international press coverage of the events, including Gleye's colleague's comments in their hometown newspaper. Two days after the attacks Gleye gathered his students together in a Brussels cafe and asked them to write down their reactions to the attacks, and how they felt about being in Brussels when pressure was evident for them to leave. What did they think of his colleague's re-examination of study abroad as reported in their hometown newspaper? Gleye also asked them to write down what they had done the previous day--the day after the attacks, a day that had begun with a certain feeling of numbness in the air, as the city began to emerge from lock-down. Only after the semester ended and the class returned to the United States did Gleye realize that his students' thoughts might be valuable for a larger audience. Thus, this article summarizes the reactions to the attacks as reported by Gleye's 17 students, supplemented by his own observations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium
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