Every two years during spring break, a small group of students is accompanied by English professor David Crowe and English/education professor Katie Hanson on two-week Norwegian excursion.
These student adventurers view the Northern Lights, explore fjord waterfalls, engage with Norwegian students, and learn about the inner workings of the socialist Scandinavian society. Over winter term prior to the trip, students accepted into the Norway SA will have completed a 3-credit ENCW non-fiction course, and many will also have elected to take a linked LC education course which compares the educational systems of the United States and Norway.
Graduating senior Claire Kepner, who participated in the Norway SA in 2016, remembers her trip fondly.
“I simply didn’t want my time in Norway to end,” she said. “The country and its people seemed to have found a wonderful balance of national pride and overall inclusiveness, of old traditions and modern conveniences, of family ties and new acquaintances, of wilderness and paved streets…”
Kepner recalls “downtown squares...filled with historical buildings...intertwined with technology and modernity” and great conversations “outside a restaurant on a dimly lit street with a waitress on her smoke break.”
“The people... cherish, protect, and interact with the natural world in a way that I have yet to see matched in any capacity. Cities grow up the sides of mountains yet the mountain doesn't cease to exist; rather, the mountain becomes part of the city in all its wild glory.
"Overall, Norway showed me (and, I do think, the others on the trip with me) that there can be a balance even between things that seem to be utterly at odds with each other and I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn such a lesson from an entirely exceptional place.”
The next Norway SA is scheduled for spring break 2018.
Paris: Mystics and Modernists
The Paris SA — next embarking in June 2017 — allows students to immerse themselves in the artistic, political, religious, educational, and commercial center of Europe for five weeks during the summer.
This LC course offers two classes: the first by Dr. Meg Gillette, focusing on American writers in Paris, and the second a music class by Dr. Randall Hall discussing the rich history of Parisian music.
Students are given the opportunity to experience the city completely, exploring cathedrals, museums, cafés, book stores, salons and monuments that make the city so exceptionally dynamic and historic.
A term away in Ireland is an opportunity to experience life in a country rich in both history and modern culture.
Students spend an entire term there, staying primarily in the two major cities of Galway and Dublin while making visits to the numerous outlying cities and traveling to such places as The Rock of Cashel, Glendalough, the Cliffs of Moher, The National Museum, O'Connell Street, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the ring forts on the Inish Islands and the Dingle Peninsula, and many others. This program truly allows students to immerse themselves in Irish culture.
Michelle Hill (2018), who visited Ireland as a sophomore, appreciated the frequent travel and visits to various locations. “Even the bus rides from one city to the next were informative with side stops that showed us more of the countryside. It was also fun because sometimes we would have class in the hotel pub!”
Students can earn as many as 10 credits from four offered courses in biology, music, and literature while in Ireland. The next Ireland SA will occur during the 2019 spring term.
Photo By Marisa Hollems '17