You are invited ...

Bon Voyage Banquet:

 Saturday, May 3, 2014, Paul Revere Masonic Lodge, St. Louis Park.

Come and meet the students who soon will leave for Russia and Cuba/Puerto Rico.                                                   Also meet SPANners from throughout our 67-year history. Speaker is Tammy                                                   Kirkeide Mihailidis, Greece 1988. Try Cuban and Russian food!

Cost is $20. Call or email SPAN for details.


* New SPAN email address:   

* WRITING INTENSIVE. SPAN now has Writing Intensive (WI) designation, for the 4 credits awarded for the research paper. This helps University of Minnesota students fulfill the graduation requirement of four WI courses. For all SPAN students, the WI course will provide specific, structured writing instruction during the year they are writing their papers.

Meet the 2014 SPANners!

The Cuba group, top row from left: Daisy Hidalgo, Lena Pransky, Moses Wallace, Emily Myers, Nick Jensen, and August Nimtz (co-advisor). Front row from left, Lee Anne Mills, Melisa Riviere (co-advisor), and Ava Wichmann. Lena attends Macalester College; the others attend the University of Minnesota. Their proposed research projects include the Green Revolution, the public health system, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Cuba’s role in Angola, and women's role in the Revolution.


The Russia group, back row from left: Matthew Miller (advisor), Bethany Pertzsch,         

Sasha  Zavyalova,   Jenna Pysick, and Kate Lundell. Front row from left: Mary

Webber, Mary Taylor, and Mia Boo. Not shown: Maggie Marion.

Bethany attends the University of Northwestern, St. Paul; the others attend

the University  of Minnesota.  Their proposed research projects include organic

farming,  human trafficking,  the linguistic landscape, Serbia's relationship with

Russia, U.S./Russian relations, Gorbachev's  USSR, and psychoanalysis in Russia.


Read about: plans for 2014, student photos from 2013, news from                            past SPANners, and more in the ...

News: SPAN now qualifies for U of M Writing Intensive designation (details to come)

2014 SPAN countries and advisors selected: Students should apply now!


SPAN is pleased to announce its destinations for

student research in 2014, based on applications

from these excellent advisors. Above:

August Nimtz, Ph.D., and Melisa Riviere, Ph.D.,

co-advisors to Cuba and Puerto Rico;

at right: Matt Miller, Ph.D., advisor to Russia.


For more information on the advisors and their

suggestions for research projects, see:



Do you want to join one of these groups? Contact SPAN at, or call

612-626-1083. We would also like to hear from you if you are a SPAN alumnus or

other person with ideas for recruitment for these life-changing experiences!




Our favorite 2013 photo

South Africa drummers; photo by Becky Lietzau. For more photos, see

Student/Recent SPANners in navigation bar.



What is SPAN?

SPAN, the Student Project for Amity among Nations, offers a one-of-a-kind international learning experience. Students travel abroad to conduct research on a self-chosen topic and to build bridges of understanding across borders, cultures, and continents. SPAN is Minnesota's oldest study abroad program and is open to students from all of Minnesota's colleges and universities. Since the program began in 1947, more than 4,500 SPANners have visited 93 countries on six continents.

During summer 2012 SPAN student researchers traveled to Great Britain and Russia. In summer 2013, they will go to Cuba and South Africa.


Some quotes that apply to the SPAN experience!

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." - St. Augustine

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." - Miriam Beard

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the
life that is waiting for us." - Joseph Campbell


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