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MA in Education Program Launch (With Appetizers)

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May 6th from 6:30-7:30 PM
OGC 100
MA in Education Info Session
Appetizers provided

This Fall, Augsburg will officially launch its new MA in Education program for classroom teachers and less traditional educators alike (think: museum or outdoor education). This program is 30-31 credits and can be completed in less than 2 years.

To learn more, register for the event here:

Feel free to contact April Johnson ( with any questions.

HIS195: New Online Summer Course on Nicaragua

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Register for HIS195-B this Summer 2019 to learn about the current Nicaraguan social-political crisis. Students will observe, learn and reflect on the historical contexts that have shaped and impacted Nicaraguan politics of the present days. Using historical methods of analysis and a broad range of sources representing multiple perspectives, the course will examine competing historical references and their respective usefulness in understanding change and continuity over time, specifically between the 1979 Revolution and the current social-political crisis of Nicaragua.

This course fulfills a Humanities Liberal Arts Foundation Requirement

Learn more about this course and register here.

HPE to Offer Sport Psychology class in the Fall

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The HPE Dept is now offering Sport Psychology as a two credit elective course the 2nd half of Fall Semester. There are likely many students who would like the opportunity to take this course so please pass this on! Here are the details:
Sport Psychology – HPE 282 (2 credits)
T,R 1:50 – 3:30pm – Time 2 (2nd half of semester)
Instructor: Dr. Navarre

Augsburg GRE Summer Prep Course

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Augsburg University offers a four and a half week GRE prep course each summer for Augsburg students, alumni, and staff at a cost well below those found at private test centers (due to limited capacity, this course is not available for those outside of the Augsburg network). This course is taught by experienced GRE test-prep educators and walks students through each section of the general test. Throughout the course students will have a chance to take a full-length practice test, complete practice problems for each area of the test, and receive in-depth feedback and instruction. The registration fee also includes a six-month subscription to the online GRE study tool, Magoosh.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:00pm (excluding Memorial Day)
May 13th – June 12th
Cost: $100 (includes 6-month subscription to online study tool, Magoosh)

Registration Form and Additional GRE Prep Course Info

Fulbright: Live abroad after you graduate

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The Fulbright Student Program fully funds students to study, research, or serve as an English teaching assistant abroad for a year (no classroom teaching experience required!). During their year abroad, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing participants to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.

Past Augsburg students have been selected for Fulbright Awards to countries such as Czech Republic, South Korea, Ecuador, Poland, Kenya, Malaysia, Peru, Spain, Turkey, Taiwan, and Germany (and more!), and we currently have six alums abroad through the program! Augsburg’s focus on cross-cultural engagement and community involvement makes Auggies particularly strong candidates who are well-prepared to make the most of a Fulbright experience.

If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact or stop by Hagfors 101 to set up an appointment for April or May!

The competition is open to juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni in all fields, and a GPA of 3.0+ is considered competitive.

Writing Personal Statements for the Health Sciences Workshop

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Writing Personal Statements for the Health Sciences Workshop

Tuesday, May 7th
11am – 1pm
Hagfors 104

URGO is hosting a personal statement workshop for pre-health applicants with Simone Gbolo, executive director of the PPIA Program and former director of the Minnesota’s Future Doctors Program in the U of M Medical School’s Office of Admissions.
Please contact Catherina Kipper at with questions or to RSVP.

Filmmaking in France – Summer 2020 – Plan ahead to study abroad

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Spend summer 2020 in France while earning credits!

Program: Filmmaking and Culture in France, 6 credits
Faculty Leader: Jila Nikpay
Travel Dates: May 14- June 1, 2020 (may change slightly)

This Program provides you with the foundation of film language, storytelling, and filmmaking skills through immersion in France’s contemporary culture, fascinating landscape, and historical sites in the Paris and Dordogne regions.

You will learn the language of film and will be able to master its basic, yet complex, elements by practicing it daily throughout the program travel. As the course progresses, you will learn to write, direct, and edit short videos and work collaboratively with your peers.

The program will spend approximately 5 nights in Paris and 12 nights in the Dordogne valley. In addition to the film course material, students will engage with the French culture through food, museum and site visits, and interaction with French people from all walks of life.

Program cost: TBD

Program & Course Information and Application

Nominations for CTL Faculty Fellows Due Tomorrow

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The Center for Teaching and Learning is looking for four faculty members interested in serving as CTL Fellows. CTL Faculty Fellows assist the CTL Director in designing and organizing programs with the goal of enhancing teaching and learning at Augsburg. Fellows are also eligible for additional travel funds to spend on professional development. Nominations, both self and of your peers, should include a brief statement addressing why you would like (or why you are nominating your colleague) to serve as a CTL Fellow. Please submit all nominations to by noon, April 26th.

Faculty Scholarship Display: May 10

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Join us for the Faculty Scholarship Display on Friday, May 10 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Foss Atrium. Faculty interested in displaying their scholarship should RSVP in advance of the event (and no later than May 1) using the form linked below.

Questions may directed to John Zobitz ( or Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright (

All participating faculty should arrive by 11:15 a.m. to set up.

The faculty recognition luncheon and program begins in the chapel at 12:30 p.m.

Friday, May 10 | Faculty Scholarship Display | 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., FOSS Atrium

Display Your Scholarship

Curious about reflection and experiential education? 3 Days in May Workshop with special guest

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Join the Sabo Center for an extended workshop on *reflection and experiential education* during 3 Days in May. We’ll learn about designing, incorporating, and evaluating reflection in experiential education with a special guest presenter, MN Campus Compact Associate Director Sinda Nichols!

It may be the final afternoon of 3 Days in May, but it’s sure to be thought-provoking, fulfilling, and fun! We hope you’ll join us!

Experiential Education: Strategies for Student Reflection
Hagfors 150 B/C
Thursday, May 16, 1-4 p.m.

Experiential Education: Strategies for Student Reflection–RSVP

Call for Proposals for Place-Based Justice Network Summer Institute 2019

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The Sabo Center is excited to announce that this summer, Augsburg University will be hosting a national conference for the Place-Based Justice Network (PBJN), of which our institution is a member, along with 19 other higher education institutions from across the country. The Place-Based Justice Network is a learning community committed to transforming higher education and our communities by deconstructing systems of oppression through place-based community engagement with a racial justice lens.

At the Summer Institute on July 10-12, 2019, teams from universities and colleges from across the country will come together to learn, strengthen our practice, and network.

The PBJN has released a call for proposals for workshops and breakout sessions at the Summer Institute. They seek proposals for breakout sessions that center dialogue and interactivity on topics related to place-based community engagement initiatives and their planning, development, programs, evaluation and impact. Potential topics for breakout sessions include, but are not limited to:
*Scholar-activism and community-based research: examples and lessons learned
*Relationship-building and decentralized decision making
*Sustaining long-term commitments with neighborhoods and communities
*Critical scholarship on community engagement including racial justice, economic justice, education justice, disability justice, queer, and feminist theory and practices
*Lessons from community organizing
*Asset-based community development
*Power analysis and community voice
*Anti-racist storytelling strategies
*Preparing students to enter and transition out of place-based community engagement

Breakout session proposals are due Monday, May 13th, 2019 at 5pm PST.

Interested? Contact the Sabo Center for more information about how to participate and apply (

Place-Based Justice Network Website

Paideia Institute 2019

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Join us for our 30th anniversary celebration of the Paideia Institute from July 22-26, 2019 at Augsburg University. This year’s question, “What’s the great idea?” will explore a multitude of great ideas from beauty to justice. During the Paideia Institute attendees participate in inquiry-based seminars on various texts. In coaching activities participants gain expertise in facilitating seminars. Paideia seminars are applicable in many professional settings and can be used with all ages and any subject area. Educators use seminars to introduce students to the vital skills necessary to have courteous conversations about challenging issues presented in texts.

This professional development course welcomes all Augsburg faculty, staff, and students, and can be taken for credits or continuing education units. Scholarships applications due May 1. On time registration is open until June 1.

For more information check out the Paideia website for details on cost, scholarships, and courses, or contact Rachel Lloyd (, 612-330-1561) or Anne Kaufman (, 612-209-2100).

Paideia Institute 2019

General Announcements

2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship: Application deadline May 30, 2019

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Applications are now open for the 2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship. At Augsburg STEM majors include: biology, biopsychology, chemistry, environmental studies, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Supports students pursuing a degree in STEM.
•Provides scholarships of $4,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
•Connects scholars with opportunities for career development.
•Open to current Augsburg students and incoming transfers.

•Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)
•Within 7 semesters of graduating
•Major GPA of 2.75 or higher
•U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
•Financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA
•Pell or Minnesota State Grant eligible

Application deadline: May 30, 2019 at midnight.

Note: students who apply to the 2019-20 AugSTEM Scholars Program will automatically be considered for a 2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship.

For more information, go to:

Questions? Contact

Summer Volunteer Opportunies in Heritage Park – North Minneapolis

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Green Garden Bakery is a group of young entrepreneurs of color from North Minneapolis driven by passion to change the world one healthy and delicious baked good at a time.

To learn more please visit

There are summer volunteer opportunities to work with small groups of teens of Green Garden Bakery through farmer’s markets/sales, marketing & design, community gardens and one-on-one mentoring program
Mentorship program only: Minimum 1 hr/week for 6 months.

If you are interested to sign up to volunteer/mentor please sign up using this link:

To view a volunteer description for Farmer’s Markets/Sales use this link:

To view an internship description for Marketing and Design use this link:

To view a volunteer description for Community Gardens use this link:

For more information contact, Elana at

Thank you!

Green Garden Bakery Website

Follow Study Abroad/Away on Instagram & FB

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The Study Abroad & Away office Instagram and Facebook pages is a great way to see what your fellow Auggies are up to on their study programs around the world, and get details about events, scholarships, programs and more!

Check it out and follow us!

Global Auggies Instagram page

New Campus Box End of Year Procedure

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Two weeks after the spring semester ends (May 17th) we will be closing all student campus boxes. Before fall semester starts we will be reassigning them to all students living on campus, and commuter students can then request to have a campus box if they have a need of one.

If you would like your mail forwarded or would like to keep your mailbox open for the summer please either fill out this survey ( or fill out the slip that will be arriving in your campus box very soon. (There is also an option to be reassigned your current box for the next semester)

We only forward 1st Class USPS mail. Packages (USPS, FedEx, UPS, Amazon), magazines, non-profit mail and standard mail will not be forwarded. We can only forward to US addresses.

We ask that you contact the people/business sending you mail and correcting it to your permanent address. Also enrolling in online/electronic billing is both environmentally friendly and will save you time (and sometimes money).

If you have a rented lock on your campus box please return it to Shipping/Receiving before May 17th. If it is a personal lock please remove it or they will be cut off after May 18th.

Want to Join a Musical Theater Production about Augsburg?

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You are invited to take part in every step of the process, from creating material to performing in the production. Find out more in this update at Inside Augsburg Sesquicentennial Planning, where you also can learn about what’s in the works for this important milestone.

Sexual Violence Prevention Month – April

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April is Sexual Violence Prevention Month.

From the National Sexual violence Resource Center:
You can support survivors
Chances are you know someone who has experienced sexual violence even if they haven’t told you.
They are listening to how you talk about the issues and hearing that you understand and believe survivors may help them feel safer and supported.

Embrace your voice
Sexual violence thrives when it is not taken seriously and victim blaming goes unchecked.
Your voice is essential in setting the record straight on sexual violence.

Thanks to Augsburg’s Sexual Misconduct Awareness Raising Team (SMART) for their advocacy, peer education, and events to eliminate sexual violence.

Augsburg has an agreement with the Aurora Center (U of Minnesota), so students can contact them for assistance. They have a 24-Hour Helpline: (612) 626-9111. Students can also get assistance through the Center for Wellness and Counseling (CWC), 612-330-1707, and the Department of Public Safety, 612-330-1717.

Interested in Project Management or Grant Writing?

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Interested in learning more about grant writing or project management? MAL is offering two courses this summer that you will find useful. Course descriptions and information on meeting times are below. Staff, Faculty, or graduate students who are interested in registering for either of these courses should contact Alan Tuchtenhagen at:

ML 599-B | Grant Writing
Effective grant writing skills are important for individuals working in many roles at nonprofit and government agencies – including education. This course will include an introduction to grants, budget development, and grants management, and establish an understanding of their role in supporting important community work. We will also address how to identify projects well-suited for grant support, as well as the process of prospect research, how to develop relationships with funders, and how to write a successful grant proposal. Students will build skills and practice creating letters of inquiry and competitive funding proposals.

Instructor: Lindsay Bacher
Meeting Dates: Tuesdays | Meeting Dates: May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25
Meeting Times: 6:00 PM – 9:45 PM

ML 599 | Re-imagining Leadership for 21st Century Projects
Successful project management is strongly correlated to good leadership of teams. Corporate, non-profit, and public sector projects are increasing in complexity requiring the close collaboration and coordination of disparate disciplines, organizations, and teams. This course will help you unpack the critical leadership skills needed to to form and lead teams to optimal project outcomes using emotional intelligence, communication, conflict management, and clarity of strategic vision and purpose.

Instructor Mahad Ibrahim
Meeting Dates: Mondays | June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22
Meeting Times: 6:00 PM – 9:45 PM

Summer Student Workers Needed? Supervisors Please Read

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Spring semester is quickly coming to an end! Summer employment for all students begins May 5, 2019!!

If you are planning on having students work during the summer, please be sure to review the information below regarding summer student positions. Steps to follow when hiring a student for the summer:

1. Students returning into a position they held previously will only need a Student Hired/Returning form (formerly known as the Student Employment Hire form) submitted through Hirezon/Interview Exchange. The effective date should be May 5, 2019.

2. EVEN IF THE SAME STUDENT WILL BE DOING THE SAME JOB OVER THE SUMMER, a Student Hired/Returning form (formerly known as the Student Requisition form) needs to be completed with an effective date of May 5, 2019.

3. Any new position will need to be posted through Human Resources to the internal student job board (Handshake). The Student Posting Requisition forms can be found and are submitted through Hirezon/Interview Exchange.
Once the requisition is submitted, HR will post the position online.

Hiring managers will be able to view applications in real time through the system.

When you’ve selected a student to hire, complete the Student Hired/Returning form through Hirezon/Interview Exchange. Students who have never worked on campus before will need to fill out new hire paperwork, including a background check.

Once the Student Hired/Returning form is submitted, HR sends out the new hire paperwork and background check directly to the student. NOTE: Students cannot start work until all paperwork, including the background check, has been completed.

As always, please contact HR with any additional questions –

Detailed instructions – click here!

Retirement Open House for Theresa Gade

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Retirement Open House for Theresa Gade

Please join us in the Human Resources office on Friday, May 3 between 1-2 PM for an open house to celebrate Theresa Gade’s retirement. Theresa has been a key member of the Augsburg Human Resources team for over 10 years, and her contributions in the areas of compensation, benefits, payroll and HR information systems have been invaluable to the Augsburg community. We thank her for all she’s done for Augsburg, and wish her well as she spends more time with her family, and on the golf course!

Theresa’s last day is Friday, May 3.

Donate gently used athletic shoes and equipment

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We are collecting gently used athletic shoes of all sizes (youth and adult) and sports equipment for all ages (balls, bats, gloves, jump ropes, clothing, etc). Our goal is to donate to the Ceder Riverside Community School and the Sports Check it Out program. Last year we donated over 100 items. You can drop your items off at the collection box in the lounge located on the 3rd floor of Kennedy Center. E-mail Dr. Ana Ribeiro for more questions. The last day for donations will be 4/30.

AugSTEM Scholars Program: Application deadline May 30, 2019

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Applications are now open for the 2019-20 AugSTEM Scholars Program.

The AugSTEM program is designed to support Augsburg juniors and seniors who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Funded by the National Science Foundation, AugSTEM Scholars receive scholarships of $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 per student per year (differences in award amounts correspond to levels of financial need). Scholars also become a part of the STEM community at Augsburg with opportunities for summer research, faculty mentoring, and career development.


-Enrolled full-time in a STEM major (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, or physics)
-Within 5 semesters of graduating as of Fall 2019
-Major GPA of 3.0 or higher
-U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
-Demonstrated financial need via FAFSA

Application deadline: May 30, 2019 at midnight.

(Check out the 2019-20 NSF Aspire Scholarship if you are 7 semesters away from graduating and/or have a major GPA of 2.75).

Incoming community college transfer students and Augsburg students who began their college careers at community colleges are encouraged to apply as well as students who began at Augsburg.

For more information, go to:

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Event Announcements

Sesquicentennial Gala Tickets Are Nearly Sold Out for Faculty/Staff

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Join us September 27, 2019, at the Sesquicentennial Gala, an unprecedented event to begin a full year of festivities honoring who we have been and who we are becoming.
We will gather in recognition, remembering the many reasons we have to be grateful for the past and hopeful about our future. We will celebrate by connecting with friends old and new, alumni, faculty, and staff. Together we’ll enjoy food, drink, and moments to reflect, share, and give, all energized by the thriving relationships that have always been at the heart of our institution.
Current employees are able to purchase tickets at $75 each (limit two). Tickets are nearly sold out, so please purchase yours today!
To learn more about the Sesquicentennial yearlong festivities, go to

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Farewell for Kirsten O’Brien May 1

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After working in URGO for 6 and ½ years, Kirsten O’Brien will be leaving Augsburg to take a position as Grants Management Associate with the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. Students, faculty and staff who have worked with Kirsten in her role as URGO’s Undergraduate Research, Graduate School and National Fellowships Specialist are keenly aware of the considerable gifts Kirsten brought to every interaction and every task. Her attention to quality and supportive nature helped Augsburg students and alums reach their goals of attaining off-campus summer research, graduate school or national fellowship placements. Her considerable planning skills insured near-flawless Z events, Court Agre Summer Research Symposiums and URGO’s Summer Research Programs.

URGO will be hosting an open house in Kirsten’s honor in the URGO/McNair/STEM Programs suite (Hagfors 101) next Wednesday, May 1st from 2:00 to 4:30. Come by for cake and refreshments and to wish Kirsten well on her next career venture.

Announcing the new Human Rights Forum

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Building on Augsburg University’s thirty-year history with the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and as part of our sesquicentennial celebration, Augsburg is pleased to announce the launch of the new Human Rights Forum. The event will bring together students, global changemakers, and local activists to explore innovative ways to take action in our ongoing pursuit of human rights issues globally and domestically.

The 2019 Human Rights Forum will take place at Augsburg University on October 28 and 29. It is open to the entire Augsburg community, partner schools, and the general public. The event will feature approximately 20 speakers, including six from the Human Rights Foundation roster, and include both larger plenaries, breakout, and workshop sessions.

The opening day will focus on global issues and perspectives and is developed in partnership with the Human Rights Foundation, a nonprofit that sponsors the Oslo Freedom Forum each year, both founded by Thor Halvorssen, a Venezuelan human rights activist. The Human Rights Foundation has an impressive roster of young and diverse human rights activists, and promotes and protects human rights globally within authoritarian regimes.

Our second day will feature speakers and sessions exploring racial justice, indigenous rights and environmental sustainability, with this programming developed in partnership with campus departments and centers, partner institutions, and sponsors.

There will be opportunities for Augsburg classes to attend Forum sessions during normal class periods as well as to have guest speakers visit individual classes. We welcome campus-wide engagement both in the planning process as well as during the event days.

Please contact us at:
Bettine Hoff Hermanson: — x1378
Joe Underhill: — x1318

Human Rights Forum

Norway Hub invites you to celebrate 17. Mai

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Join us for a fun and festive cultural evening as we celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day! Norway Hub would like to invite you to the Syttende Mai Minnesota Banquet that takes place May 17.

Date: Friday, May 17.
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Minnesota Valley Country Club

This event promises you a warm evening with entertainment from Soloist Ariel Wilberg, Pianist Loryce Sivertsen, and LeRoy Larson and the Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble.

In addition, we have a special guest speaker; His Excellency Kaare Aas, Norway’s Ambassador to the United States

New for this year is your option to reserve your seat in advance to sit next to your friends and family!

You will have to register you and your fellow companions before May 10. It costs $70 for adults and $35 for students. For more information about the event and registration, then click the link below.

This event guarantees a truly Norwegian experience. Hope to see you there!

17. mai – register page

Fulbright conference on food security this Friday in Christiansen

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Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join conference discussions on international food security this Friday in the East Commons of the Christiansen Center. This conference, co-hosted by the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) and Global Minnesota, will bring 86 scholars from more than 50 countries to campus.

Guests are free to come and go as they please; you do not need to attend all sessions. Click here for a look at the agenda.

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Harry Potter to #Brexit: Youth, Media & Political Activism in the UK – study abroad on winter break

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Plan ahead to spend your winter break studying in both London and Edinburgh exploring the connections between youth culture, media, and social change, with a focus on Harry Potter and Brexit!

Course title:
From Harry Potter to #Brexit: Youth, Media, and Political Activism in the UK

Faculty Leader: Professor Adriane Brown

Travel Dates: December 29, 2019 to January 11, 2020

This program is limited to 15 students, accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A waitlist will be used as needed.

Program cost TBD. Visit the program page for additional details, course information, and updates!

More information and application