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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, cultures, histories, technologies, religious traditions, and market forces. We’ve devised the Summer Language and Global Issues Institute to in order to explore how all these forces are intertwined and shaping the global past and present. While giving students an experience of language immersion in French or Spanish, we will also provide an introduction to the topic of global migration, using its study to reveal how language, culture, religion, history, economics, and politics converge to influence the flow of populations and how these migrations in turn transform geographic and cultural landscapes. 

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 emphasize 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 migration. Extra-curricular activities (language tables in the dining hall, discussion groups, film screenings, and culinary explorations) will further emphasize language proficiency and cultural literacy. 

The afternoon course on migration (taught in English) will introduce students to this complex theme through a mix of disciplinary perspectives and case studies—many of them dealing with French- and Spanish-speaking cultures. Using readings and outside guest speakers to structure discussions and projects, the course professors will draw on local resources, including an all-day field trip—with visits to ethnic markets, neighborhoods, cultural and religious centers—to explore the rich diversity and multi-cultural and multi-ethnic life of the Twin Cities and its environs. 

After three weeks students will emerge from our institute with an introduction to college-level work in areas of global studies, as well as increased proficiency in their chosen language. The entire staff of LGI is excited to welcome you to Carleton! 


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

David Tompkins, Associate Professor of History, Director of European Studies

Shana Sippy, Visiting Instructor in Religion

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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