Summer 2016: England & Scotland

England and Scotland share a border and a sometimes-contentious history. This shared history extends to much of U.S. culture as well. Research topics for England or Scotland—or both—abound. SPAN researchers can choose a topic from an extensive list of possibilities: literature, media, journalism, advertising, popular culture, music and art, history, politics, immigration and immigrants’ cultural influences, natural resources, agriculture, technology, archaeology — all these areas of interest are ripe for investigation!

The faculty advisor who will guide and mentor SPAN researchers is Lisa Heinrich, Ph.D., a mass communications professor at St. Cloud State University (SCSU). Heinrich has led five study abroad groups to England & Scotland; she has traveled extensively in Great Britain as well. In her 22 years at SCSU, Heinrich has directed 20 master’s theses and has served as director of her department’s graduate program. Her doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University is in Russian literature and linguistics; she holds a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Minnesota.

Go places with SPAN

Since its inception in 1947, nearly 3,000 participants in the Student Project for Amity among Nations (SPAN) have visited 93 countries on six continents. For a look at where SPAN is headed next summer in 2015, and to look back at where SPANners have been, visit the “History” section of this website. Currently and in the recent past, SPAN is and has traveled to:

— Summer 2015: Travel to Armenia & Georgia, former states of the Soviet Union, or to Germany, primarily based in Berlin.

— Summer 2014: Cuba & Puerto Rico, and Russia

— Summer 2013: France and South Africa

Summer 2012 and in the years since 1947 (view the “History” section of this website)