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Summer Language and Global Issues Institute

Sunday, July 5 - Friday, July 24, 2015

Dear LGI Students and Families,

The world is a complicated place—a tangle of languages and cultures and market forces. We’ve devised the Summer Language and Global Issues Institute to show how these entities are intertwined. While giving students an experience of language immersion in French or Spanish, we also provide an introduction to a global topic (this year: immigration) that reveals how language, culture, religion, history, economics and politics converge to influence the flow of populations.

This is a program for students excited about international experience. Participants will spend their mornings (8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) immersed in French or Spanish (see the Explore menu item for language levels). Concentrated language practice will focus on speaking and writing, and courses will focus on readings and discussions pertaining to Spanish-speaking or French-speaking cultures—especially with respect to the program theme of immigration. Extra-curricular activities (language tables in the dining hall, discussion groups, films) will further emphasize language proficiency.

The afternoon course on immigration (taught in English) will introduce students to a complex theme through a mix of disciplinary perspectives and case studies—some of them dealing with French-speaking and Spanish-speaking cultures. Using readings and outside lectures to structure discussions and projects, the course professors will draw on local resources, including a field trip to explore the rich, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic life of the Twin Cities.

After three weeks students will emerge from our institute with an introduction to college-level work in areas of global study. And because we have important matters to discuss and write about, their ease in French or Spanish will increase dramatically. The entire staff of LGI is excited to welcome you to Carleton!


The co-directors of the Language and Global Issues Institute:

Scott Carpenter, Professor of French, Co-Director of Global Engagement

Linda Burdell, Senior Lecturer of Spanish

Carleton College has long upheld a tradition of providing equal opportunity to all people. The following nondiscrimination statement is stipulated in the Minnesota State Statutes: As required by state and federal law, Carleton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, age, or disability in providing employment or in its educational programs and activities.

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