- Jan 30 Opening conversation for "The Soul Selects her own Society: Women Artists from the Miller Meigs Collection"
- Feb 3 Taste of Service
- Feb 3 Macalester New Music Series presents INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song
- Feb 4 'Moving Beyond Minnesota Nice:' Engaging Diversity in the Classroom
- Feb 12 Mitau Lecture
- Feb 17 Black History Month Keynote: Dr. Joy DeGruy - "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome"
- Feb 18 Mental Health Awareness Film & Speaker
- Feb 19 The Inaugural Lecture of James Dawes as DeWitt Wallace Professor of English
- Feb 19 Robert Blanchette on "Tombs, sunken ships and historic huts: studying ancient wood reveals secrets from the past"
- Feb 19 Chamber Music at Macalester: Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Osmo Vanska
My semester in Rome was defined by immense academic freedom. My program was all independent study, which meant that I spent most of my days touring through the city. Museums, ancient ruins, and beautiful gardens acted as my classroom while I was in Rome--interesting but a strange adjustment from the stressful schedule I typically have at Macalester. My program also only had one other student, so the time we did spend "as a class" with the professor was a wonderful one-on-one experience. We were free to guide our discussions wherever we liked, breeze over subjects we had little interest in, and focus on what our independent projects were about. While the freedom to explore any subject I was interested in was refreshing, I was limited to primary field sources and online material which proved to be difficult at times. Yet, overall the semester was fantastic! I spent so much time wandering through the streets of Rome that I was able to completely immerse myself in the culture and language--enough so that I became fluent in Italian!