49 Students Attended Salzburg Seminar
|Students in The Honors College and members of the Student Government Association participated in the 2008 Salzburg Global Seminar and spent a week immersed in a conversation related to the theme " Global Citizenship: Education for Sustainable Development."|
The setting was the historic Leopoldskron Palace, nestled by a small lake and offering majestic mountain views. The estate was constructed as a private residence for the family of Salzburg Prince-Archbishop Leopold Firman in 1736 and was a filming location for the Oscar-winning film, The Sound of Music.
While the 49 MDC students who arrived here recently appreciated the idyllic setting, sight-seeing was not the primary purpose of their visit. They were here to participate in the 2008 Salzburg Global Seminar and spent a week immersed in a conversation related to the theme “Global Citizenship: Education for Sustainable Development.”
This is the sixth year MDC has sent a delegation to this prestigious international program. They were accompanied by five professors from six campuses, and they made up the largest single-institution group to attend the Salzburg Seminar this year.
Most of the students were from The Honors College, selected on a competitive basis. A small contingent were members of the Student Government Association, chosen by a committee comprised of the deans of students.
The Salzburg program provides an intensive seven-day international experience for participants to explore pressing issues of global concern and to view such issues from a perspective both literally and figuratively outside the borders of the United States. The seminars promote “holistic, systemic thinking and action,” said Christopher Migliaccio, a professor of natural sciences at Wolfson Campus.
Throughout the course of the week, students broke into small groups to explore specific topics related to globalization and global citizenship. Each group reported their findings in writing and through a formal, oral presentation.
Because the program is interdisciplinary, all of the sessions had elements of the arts and sciences, culture, humanities, legal studies and environmental sciences, Migliaccio said. As a result, they fit well with the College’s Learning Outcomes, which promote a well-rounded educational philosophy in order to prepare students for the realities of a global marketplace.
The organizers in Salzburg were impressed with MDC’s delegation, Migliaccio said. “You had some of the most profound questions and comments coming from students that didn’t know sustainability from Savannah, Ga., coming in,” he said. “One of their faculty members said to me, ‘They are such puppies; they are so young. They came in here really open to new things.’”
— Gariot P. Louima