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USI seeks students for New Harmony-Scotland Field School

Information session to be held October 31

October 24, 2012 | Wendy Bredhold
Wendy Bredhold
Media Relations Specialist News and Information Services 812/461-5259
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New Lanark World Heritage Site, Scotland
Photo Credit: Leigh Anne Howard

Juniors and seniors from across the University are encouraged to participate in a semester-long field school in Spring 2013 that will include a week of residency in New Harmony, Indiana, and six weeks abroad in New Lanark, Scotland. “It’s like a regular semester with two giant field trips,” said Dr. Leigh Anne Howard, who is organizing the USI Field School and plans for it to become an annual tradition.

An informational session about the field school will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, in Room 2206 of University Center East.

The histories of New Harmony and New Lanark are united by Welsh industrialist Robert Owen, who founded the second community at New Harmony, Indiana, after organizing a community at New Lanark, now a World Heritage Site. The USI Field School will solidify ties between USI and the historic sites by examining the New Harmony-New Lanark connection.

“It’s unique that USI has this relationship to New Harmony,” Howard said. “It provides us with some interesting and exciting academic opportunities that we haven’t explored nearly enough – and then for us to link that with New Lanark is even more spectacular, because not only does it connect to the University’s mission related to community engagement, but now we have engagement on the global level.”

Students in the field school will learn about New Harmony’s history; immerse themselves in the study abroad experience, including service learning and collaborative partnerships with Scottish peers; and have the opportunity to travel to Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Inverness, Scotland.

The program begins in January and ends in April, 2013. New Harmony residency will be from January 28 to February 1 at the Barn Abbey. The residency in Scotland will be from February 24 to April 5.

Field school students will be required to enroll in Howard’s Utopia (LIBA 497), a Synthesis course required for all USI students, with the option to enroll in Intercultural Communication (CMST 317), which fulfills the Global Communities requirement. In order to accommodate the seven weeks of residency away from USI and maintain full-time status, students may also enroll in online courses, independent studies, and internships.

The program cost of $2,600 includes lodging in Scotland and New Harmony; transportation from New Lanark to other sites in Scotland; Entrance fees to sites and tours in Scotland and New Harmony, and fees. It does not include airfare, food, or tuition.

A variety of sources are available to defray costs for students, including Global Engagement Scholarships, Endeavor! grants, and college scholarships.

The USI Field School’s partners include Historic New Harmony, a unified program of USI and the Indiana State Historic Sites; New Lanark World Heritage Site; Project Scotland; The Scottish Storytelling Centre; and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

For more information, contact Howard at lahoward@usi.edu or 812/464-1741.

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