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Sojourn in St. Andrews


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    MSU Alumni Office

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    Sept. 29, 2020

Sojourn in St. Andrews

St. Andrews, Scotland is a historic, seaside destination on many bucket lists. Its rugged cliffs and ancient ruins serve as a romantic backdrop for the town.

St. Andrews is known worldwide as the “home of golf”. The six golf courses that constitute the St. Andrews links, including the Old Course which is home to the British Open every five years, occupy the grassy dunes of a promontory jutting out into the sea, skirted by two miles of uninterrupted beach. The iconic opening scene of “Chariots of Fire” was filmed here.

Golf aside, St. Andrews still retains its original medieval, compact street plan and its streets converge beside the ruins of a 12th-century cathedral. The sea crashes into jagged cliffs along the city’s northern edge. There’s an abundance of stunning beaches, parks and fantastic walks to explore. 

St. Andrews is also home to the oldest university in Scotland and the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world, the University of St. Andrews. Founded in 1413, it embraces centuries of history within its walls, and the renowned university counts Nobel Prize winners, notable politicians and other public figures among its alumni.

This will be the setting for the inaugural Sojourn in St. Andrews — a one-week, adult lifelong education abroad program hosted by the MSU Alumni Office and the Indiana University Alumni Association. Each participant will enroll in one non-credit course of study taught by a University of St. Andrews tutor. During the program, participants will also take part in several excursions in the region that are either course-related or planned for all participants.

The program is planned for June/July of 2022 and is open to alumni and friends. If you would like to receive more information about Sojourn in St. Andrews when it becomes available, please contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email.

In anticipation of the program, there will be a series of three presentations in 2020-21 featuring a University of St. Andrews tutor. The first presentation — Battles, Migrations and the Loch Ness Monster: An Introduction to Scottish History and Culture - is set for Monday, Nov. 9. The presentation will be given by Garry MacKenzie, who is an academic, poet and non-fiction writer based in Fife, Scotland. He tutors at the University of St. Andrews and the University for the Creative Arts and will be one of the tutors at the inaugural Sojourn in St. Andrews program.

The presentation is free and open to all, but registration is required. Register by Nov. 4. Participants do not have to commit to attending the Sojourn in St. Andrews program in 2022. Alumni and friends who are interested in the subject matter are welcome.

Fall 2020 Presentation

Battles, Migrations and the Loch Ness Monster: An Introduction to Scottish History and Culture

Nov. 9 | 10-11:30 a.m. EST

Garry MacKenzie, an academic, poet and non-fiction writer based in Fife, Scotland

This presentation will offer an introduction to some of the most important events in Scottish history, including the Wars of Independence, the Golden Age of Stuart monarchs such as Mary, Queen of Scots, the 1745 Jacobite Uprising and the waves of emigration, urbanization and reinvention that have taken place over the last two centuries. We will look at the clan system and the enduring myth of the Loch Ness Monster and explore how Scotland’s cultural and linguistic diversity led to it being described as a nation ‘between languages’.

Register by Nov. 4