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Diversity May-Term Courses

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Philosophy Camp, Environment and Agriculture, and Civil Rights Movement are three May-term courses put on by HECUA and Applications are due very early April (1st, 15th, and 15th) so do not hesitate to start applying. A lot of times our summer jobs don't start until June any ways so here is a way to continue your education without wasting time and being bored. Engage yourself in these wonderful courses.

PHIL 4326 - Lives Worth Living: Questions of Self, Vocation, and Community
May-term 2011
6 credits *fulfills these Liberal Education Requirements: Arts/Humanities core and Public Life and Ethics theme

Lives Worth Living is calling for students to participate in a four-week summer course offering held on the beautiful and expansive prairies of southwestern Minnesota. Also known as "Philosophy Camp", this residential program provides students and teachers with rich opportunities to explore topics including education, equality, vocation and sustainability. With roots and continued inspiration drawn from Myles Horton's work at the Highlander Folk School during the Civil Rights Movement, Lives Worth Living is dedicated to providing an educational opportunity that shows respect for every learner by allowing us to democratically create the syllabus based off of our own lives and interests. During the four weeks together, we'll share stories, eat healthy foods, live simply and thoughtfully, explore the outdoors, create artwork, and work to maintain rich, nourishing social spaces. Lives Worth Living is now taking applications for the upcoming May-Term!
Other important details about Philosophy Camp:
* Program fee ($2100) is actually less than tuition would be if you took 6 credits on campus during the summer!
* Open to freshmen through seniors in any major; graduate credit is available
* Financial Aid and Need-based scholarships may be available
* Small community of at most 18 students and 5 instructors
* Program participants live together in a retreat center on the prairie in southwest MN
* Reflective and experiential learning focus
* Great for students who want to be a part of an intentional community and reflect on their lives - past, present, and future

Visit the site here for information on this course including application process, cost, upcoming info sessions, and financial aid info. Interested students should contact the Philosophy Camp Student Adviser in the Off-Campus Programs office in 240 Appleby (pcamp@umn.edu, 612-626-2044). Applications are due by April 1 (Apply early to ensure your spot! Space is limited).

ID 3564 - Environment and Agriculture: Sustainable Food Systems
May-term 2011
4 credits (with optional 2-credit internship...ID 3565) *fulfills this Liberal Education Requirement: Environment Theme

Learn to understand sustainability through the lens of the U.S. food system using a diversity of theoretical tools in a range of disciplines (ecology, agronomy, philosophy, economics, and sociology). In this course, you'll use these tools to analyze the environmental, economic, and quality of life issues that define modern farming. The Environment and Agriculture program will be framed by reading and discussion seminars that take place at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis. At the heart of the program are intensive field experiences that include on-site study at research laboratories, agricultural policy institutes, meat-packing plants, creamery operations, conventional farms, and small-scale community supported agriculture farms. In addition, each student will prepare for and conduct a three-day immersion experience on a sustainable farm outside the Twin Cities. Students will be integrated into the busy routine of farm life, helping with planting, milking, and caring for animals. During the farm stays students will use critical frameworks to observe and interview those on the farm about the environmental, economic, and quality of life issues that contribute to decision-making.

The program fee for 2011 is $2400 (plus an additional $400 if student signs up for the optional 2 credit internship). Scholarships are available and most financial aid applies.

The application deadline for the upcoming 2011 program is April 15th; applications are accepted on a space-available basis so early application is encouraged. For more information or to apply for the program, please visit the site here or contact a HECUA advisor (240 Appleby, 612-626-2044, or HECUAusa@umn.edu).

ID 3574 - Civil Rights Movement: History and Consequences
May-term 2011
4 credits (with optional 2 credit internship if registered concurrently with ID 3575) *fulfills these Liberal Education Requirements: Historical Perspectives core and Diversity and Social Justice in the US theme

The southern United States is a region rich in history and culture as well as a flash point of racial dynamics in the U.S. It is also the home of the largest nonviolent social change campaign in U.S. history. Throughout this course, students study competing ideas and definitions of justice and freedom in relationship to political struggle. The heart of the program is designed to develop connections between history and current political struggles around poverty, education, race and class, building on theory, and critical thinking to create a historical context for current issues of civil rights. This program is a raw, emotional experience through the lenses of a vivid history that demonstrates that the past is inextricably linked to our current world. Visits to various cities, museums and historical sites as well as interviews with leaders of the movement frame the experience. After several days in the Twin Cities, students embark on a two-week field study tour through the South. Past stops have included:

Tennessee
National Civil Rights Museum
Mason Temple
Mississippi
Amzie Moore Park
Sunflower County Freedom Project School
Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial
meeting with Charles McLaurin, former SNCC Field Secretary

Louisiana
lower 9th ward, New Orleans
Backstreet Museum, New Orleans
meeting with Thena Robinson, Attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center

Alabama
16th St. Baptist Church
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
meeting with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
Southern Poverty Law Center
Equal Justice Initiative
National Voting Rights Museum
Slavery and Civil War Museum
Brown AME
Edmund Pettus Bridge
Viola Liuzzo memorial

The program fee for 2011 is $2900 (plus an additional $400 for the optional 2 credit internship). Scholarships are available and most financial aid applies.

The application deadline for the upcoming 2011 program is April 15th; applications are accepted on a space-available basis so early application is encouraged. For more information or to apply for the program, please visit the site here or contact a HECUA advisor (240 Appleby, 612-626-2044, or HECUAusa@umn.edu).

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