Carleton American Studies Seminar in California
This Carleton seminar, led by Prof. Michael Kowalewski, was most recently offered in Winter Term 2019.
Study a broad range of the arts–music, theater, dance, fine arts, creative writing, and related liberal arts–in Chicago, one of the best urban environments in the United States for young artists to discover their voices.
Do independent research at Chicago’s Newberry Library, one of the world’s leading independent research libraries. Focusing on the humanities, the library’s evolving collections embrace the history and literature of Western Europe and the Americas. Take advantage of the Newberry’s many exhibits, lectures, classes, concerts, and other public programming.
Introduce yourself to the complexities of life and society in Chicago, where you’ll examine major sociological and political issues of the day through the personal perspectives of Chicago’s community leaders, politicians, and activists. Intern with a local business or not-for-profit organization.
Explore the Mexican-American border through a semester with the Border Studies Program. Through extensive travel and seminars, examine issues related to migration, human rights, globalization, food systems, and the environment. Hear from peers, scholars, farmers, indigenous, migrants and activists in both Mexico and the U.S.
Explore how neighborhoods make artists and how artists shape neighborhoods. Investigate and create art that shapes and inspires critical connections across identities.
Examine the growing gap between rich and poor in the United States. Gain concrete change-making skills through internships and discussions with effective activists.
This comprehensive program includes internship placements in the fields of international affairs and public policy, courses for 12 academic credits through George Mason University, career development activities, site briefings and lectures led by foreign and domestic policy experts, and furnished housing the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C.