AIFS Partnership Programs: Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

Northern California Study Abroad Consortium

Northern California Study Abroad Consortium
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London, England

Fall 2018

Faculty Bios

Lisa Orta – English
Contra Costa Community College District (Diablo Valley College)

Lisa Orta is a reading, writing, and literature teacher who studied British Literature at UC Berkeley. Her daughter earned her Bachelor’s degree in the UK, giving Lisa a reason to visit London, York, and Edinburgh annually for the past three years. Lisa is very interested in the role place plays in literature – in both fiction and non-fiction – and will explore this theme along with her students in various London venues. Students will read imaginary works and then visit the locales in which they are set, read plays and then watch professional productions, read essays and stories and novels and then attend readings by the authors. London is a literary mecca – not a day goes by without countless literary events to choose from including the Southbank London Literature Festival, literary salons, live performances, literary walks, and author museums. Lisa is also eager to guide students’ exploration of London’s libraries and reading rooms, and exhibits at museums which display artifacts relevant to works studied.

Lisa believes that students who study abroad become adaptable, curious, self-reliant, and acquire the fundamental belief that there is a way to get along with just about anyone. She looks forward to sharing a life-changing experience with her students in London.

Bio coming soon!


Albert Yu – Business
Santa Rosa Junior College

Albert Yu is an instructor in the Business Administration Department at Santa Rosa Junior College. He also oversees the Hospitality Management program. Al received his B.S. in hotel administration from Cornell University and a China International MBA from the University of Hawaii. He has been traveling regularly to Asia since the age of 3 and spent the second year of his MBA in Guangzhou, China at Sun Yat-sun University. He has also lived in Taiwan. Countries he has traveled to include Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, England, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, and France. Al worked in the hotel industry for over 15 years before teaching full time. He worked in sales and marketing for the Four Seasons, Starwood, Hyatt, and a number of independent hotel properties. He has taught at Mission College, the International Culinary Center, and Le Cordon Bleu.


Kristina Casper-Denman – Anthropology
Los Rios Community College District (American River College)

Dr. Kristina Casper-Denman earned her MA in physical anthropology (with an emphasis on chimpanzees) from Arizona State University as well as her PhD in Native American Studies (with an emphasis on Native curriculum) from UC Davis. She has been teaching for American River College since 1997 and offers a wide range of classes for the Los Rios district, including Native American history, food anthropology and primatology at the Sacramento Zoo. Her husband teaches Philosophy at CSU Sacramento, and they are proud parents of many, many cats. She loves to visit museums, eat new foods, and learn as much about as many diverse cultures as possible.


W. Scott Haine – History
San Mateo County Community College District (Cañada College)

W. Scott Haine is an instructor in the Humanities Department at Cañada College in Redwood City. He teaches classes in World History, Western Civilization, United States History, and has taught classes in US Women’s History in the study abroad program. He received his PhD in European history from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of four books on the History of France: The World of the Paris Cafe, 1789-1914, (1996), The History of France (Greenwood 2000) The Culture and Customs of France (Greenwood 2006) and The Thinking Space (Routledge 2013). He has taught twice in the study abroad program: Spain in the fall of 2006 and London in the fall of 2007 and has explored the social history of writers in this world capital.