Chasing the Plague in Edinburgh—June 2023
IS 2044—Chasing the Plague in Edinburgh: Scientific and Literary Perspectives on Infectious Disease
June 5–June 26, 2023
Program leaders Rachel Johnson and Josh Johnson
As a city ravaged twice by the bubonic plague, Edinburgh represents the ideal location to explore how infectious disease has shaped and continues to shape culture, architecture, history, and identity. Students will spend three weeks in residency in Edinburgh discovering the city, gaining a first-hand understanding of its literary and scientific history, and occasionally traveling to nearby sites. Through a mixture of in-classroom lectures and reading discussions, site-specific activities around the city, and trips to related areas like Leith and Glasgow, students will gain a greater understanding of the impact infectious disease can have on a population and reflect on their own experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to engaging literarily with the plague, students will also be introduced to relevant topics in immunology and explore current research on the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.
Communicating Sustainability in Latvia—June 2023
2023: CMR in Latvia
Communication, Media, and Rhetoric Professors Barbara Burke and Nadezhda Sotirova plan to lead "Communicating Sustainability" (CMR 2023, 2 credits, IP) in Valmiera, Latvia, in collaboration with Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences in mid-July 2023. This program is open to all students.
This course is proposed to be offered as an IP Gen Ed.
The course guides explorations about the ways communication engaged in understanding nature and its people has regional and global consequences. Through focus on narratives about sustainability, policy debates about responsibility, and environmental discourses about relations between people and nature, students will develop a deeper understanding of commonalities and differences related to international locales (geographical, economic, political, or social).
Long-Term Programs (Academic Year or Semester Exchanges)
Capital Normal University—Beijing, China
Enroll in a yearlong or single semester program with all courses offered in English for undergraduates.
Shanghai University—Shanghai, China
Students typically enroll in 24–30 credits per year or 12–15 per semester. Previous study of Chinese is encouraged but not required.
The UMN Morris Brunnenburg semester will offer students the unique opportunity to experience and study the environmental challenges of living sustainably in the Italian Alps.
Explore the German-Speaking region of the South Tyrol (Italy) with University of Minnesota Morris Professor James Cotter. During this semester program you will have the opportunity to experience a sustainable farm and 13th-century castle in the town of Dorf Tirol. You will quickly become immersed in the culture and history of the region surrounded by castles, fortresses, and churches. You will have time to experience the upscale shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants of cozy cities like Meran and Bolzano, while also hiking the beautiful landscapes that are the Alps.