The following information highlights the general schedule for the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute.

Academic activities:

  • Presentations by Purdue University faculty
  • Panel discussions with guest speakers
  • Simulations and role games (e.g., United Nations simulation; conflict resolution)
  • Group discussion and debates (e.g., What it Means to Be a Good Citizen, Should We Trust Media, Evolution or Intelligent Design)
  • Group projects (e.g., Project Citizen)
  • Practical workshops and seminars (e.g., How to Develop a Community Project, Starting Your Own Medium)

*Note: The in-person on-campus  exchange is contingent upon the safety and feasibility of in-person programing and travel. A virtual program option may be available if in-person programing is not possible due to the global health pandemic.

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Site visits:

The Fellows will visit Indianapolis, where they will tour the Indiana State House, meet with Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker, and learn about federalism and how state government works. Other civic education-related site visits will take place in Washington and Philadelphia (Independence Hall and National Constitution Center). In Chicago, the Fellows will visit the Museum of Science and Industry and the Field Museum. Other site visits will include:

  • Lafayette/Tippecanoe County: Tippecanoe Battlefield, Lafayette mayor’s office; The Exponent, student newspaper; local TV station; local high school
  • Indianapolis: city tour; Indiana War Memorial; Indiana State Museum
  • Chicago: city tour; Shedd Aquarium; Arts Institute; Willis Tower
  • Washington: city tour; Capitol Hill tour; Department of State; Smithsonian Institutions; Newseum interactive museum; and the Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Philadelphia: Franklin’s Philadelphia city tour; Franklin Institute

Cultural and social activities:

In addition to visiting museums, institute cultural and social activities will include:

  • July 4th Independence Day picnic
  • International Cultures Night with artistic presentations
  • International Bazaar including charity fund-raising by fellows
  • Visits to the Black Cultural Center; Latino Cultural Center; Native American Cultural Center
  • Sporting events, concerts and movie nights
  • Welcome and farewell receptions.

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Contact the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute
(765) 496-3029 or
Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education
100 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
Room 4176