From investigating conflict in Israel to studying the neuroscience of fear in Italy, learning never stops for St. Lawrence students, even during the summer months.
In addition to semester-long programs, St. Lawrence’s Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies coordinates a variety of dynamic courses in the summer that take place around the world. Often inspired by traveling with the St. Lawrence community or a mentor, students utilize these courses to explore new subjects or add a unique dimension to an area of study they’re passionate about.
Some students pursue off-campus programs because of new perspectives gained through their previous classes at St. Lawrence. During the Fall 2018 semester, Ashley Godfrey ’20 took an education course that prompted her to research her genetic history as part of a project. “When I received the results that my ancestry was 68.7% Irish, I decided that Ireland was where I had to study,” Ashley says of her self-discovery. This inspired her to take part in the ‘Place and Nationalism in Ireland’ summer course, where she studied the power of narratives- oral, written, and instantiated in memorials and monuments - to reinforce or contest received histories and to lay nationalist claim to places in the landscape.