- 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
- Feb 20 Macathon 2015
Jesse Geary '12 studied abroad in Mongolia, spending several months living in a yurt and herding goats and yaks.
“When you spend time in a setting where you don't share a common language, everything is more difficult and communication is a struggle," says Jesse. Being in that situation makes you aware of the things you can gain from people when they are speaking English and how much you can learn just by asking questions.”
Learning to overcome a language barrier wasn't the only challenge Geary (Duluth, Minn.) faced while living in Mongolia. He was forced to adapt to living conditions that were a huge departure from the typical American lifestyle.
“I knew that if I was going to go abroad, I wanted it to be in a country where I couldn't easily travel on my own,” Geary said. “I wanted to challenge myself in a new environment.”
Geary chose a program that allowed him to experience Mongolian culture in different ways through home stays in the capital city of Ulaanbataar and in the rural countryside. Geary also was able to complete an independent research project about Mongolian agricultural practices through his program.
“I was really interested in how agriculture exists and people survive in different parts of the world,” Geary said. “Mongolia has a unique situation and there aren't many places in the world that practice the type of herding that they do there. It's very different from how we raise cattle and grow crops here in the U.S.”