Environment and Agriculture: Sustainable Food Systems
(summer, 2 weeks/ Twin Cities)
Examine food systems through hands-on, investigatory experiences on traditional and nontraditional farms in Minnesota. Students explore the socializations of what we eat-are we what we eat?-while discussing the inefficiencies of the current food system in promoting dynamic, vibrant, healthy choices that reflect food equity and social justice. Ultimately, the course is a two-week glimpse into solutions for improving local food access, reducing agricultural pollution, and inviting the return of animal and vegetable biodiversity all in an effort to support a more 'just' food economy. In addition to many field excursions, students participate in a 3-day farm stay, visit rivers and windmills, and have the opportunity to participate in an internship in the Twin Cities or across the state
Race in America Then and Now: "Post-Racial" Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement
(June - 4 credits)
Based in Jackson, Mississippi, with travel to sites in Alabama, Tennessee, and Louisiana, this HECUA program explores struggles and movements for racial equality from the 1960s to the present, and dares to ask questions about racial justice in America today. During the one-month program, students meet with civil rights activists active in the 1960s and those who are active now, and with lawyers, politicians, educators, and youth to see firsthand how America's racial present is linked to its past.