Tag Archives: American Conversations Program

Civic Stories Project photo essay #3: Ray Cox

See photo essay #1 for background on the Civic Stories Project series that I’m blogging here on LoGro.

RAY COX

See the background page on Ray Cox and the St. Olaf students involved, both those in the AmCon class and those in Professor Meg Ojala‘s Intermediate Photography class.

httpv://youtu.be/cpeB4FjdjrE

Civic Stories Project photo essay #2: David Bly

See photo essay #1 for background on the Civic Stories Project series that I’m blogging here on LoGro.

DAVID BLY

See the background page on David Bly and the St. Olaf students involved, both those in the AmCon class and those in Professor Meg Ojala‘s Intermediate Photography class.

httpv://youtu.be/MwsQQwAhoo4

Civic Stories Project photo essay #1: Beth Berry

Last November, I blogged about the invitation that several Northfielders got to participate in the American Conversations Program (AmCon) at St. Olaf, me included.

The project ended last spring and I got word last week from Eric Fure-Slocum, Assistant Professor of History, that the Civic Stories Project was now live on the Northfield League of Women Voters site.

St. Olaf students in the American Conversations 102 and Intermediate Photography classes worked in partnership with the League of Women Voters to create these photo essays about Northfield-area community leaders. The fourteen leaders profiled in these photo essays are involved in a range of political, civic, and humanitarian endeavors in the local community and beyond (more about the project).

I’ll blog one photo essay per day over the next two weeks.

BETH BERRY

See the background page on Beth Berry and the St. Olaf students involved, both those in the AmCon class and those in Professor Meg Ojala‘s Intermediate Photography class.

httpv://youtu.be/zU7XwhfhNek

Casey and Zaq: will they be sitizens or citizens?

Casey Groskreutz and Zaq BakerI met with two St. Olaf students yesterday, Casey Groskreutz (Madison, WI) and Zaq Baker (Eden Prairie, MN). 

They’re taking the American Conversations Program (AmCon) and this year, according to Nate Jacobi, Associate Director, Civic Engagement:

Nate Jacobi… we have begun to build in an experiential component to the program. The students’ experiential work is designed to help them better engage with the community beyond St. Olaf’s boundaries and to explore the many dimensions of a key theme in American life.

In this case, students will explore the historical, ethical and political dimensions of citizenship in both their academic and experiential learning.

AmCon has the students paired up with engaged/active Northfield area citizens and I guess I’m one. Other "American Conversations Community Partners" participating: Beth Berry, David Bly, Ray Cox, Dennis Dempsey, Sandi Gerdes, Bonnie Jean Flom, Erin Mayberry, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Kari Nelson, Rhonda Pownell, Susan Sanderson, Jessica Peterson White, Erica Zweifel.

What’s planned? Eric Fure-Slocum, Assistant Professor of History, says:

Eric Fure-SlocumDuring the fall semester, we expect that students will meet and conduct interviews with community members.

In the spring, the American Conversations students will collaborate with a digital photography class to create photo/audio essays that will be used by the League of Women Voters to encourage informed and lively participation in public and civic life.

See the American Conversations Program web page for more, as well as an article in the 2009 issue of the St. Olaf Magazine about the program titled What Makes America America? which is where I got "sitizens vs. citizens" for the title of this blog post.

What Makes America America