Interim class meets with Sen. Klobuchar in Washington, D.C.
A St. Olaf College class studying fine arts and politics in Washington, D.C., during the month of January met with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar at her office on Capitol Hill.
“It was a pleasure meeting with St. Olaf students studying democracy and the arts in Washington, D.C. Our students are the leaders of tomorrow, and I am proud to see them representing our state so well in our nation’s capital,” Klobuchar says.
U.S. Senator Amy KlobucharOur students are the leaders of tomorrow, and I am proud to see them representing our state so well in our nation’s capital.
The students are in the “Democracy and the Arts” Interim course led by St. Olaf Assistant Professor of Music Louis Epstein and Assistant Director of Academic Civic Engagement Alyssa Melby. The monthlong off-campus course examines the intersection of arts and government through meetings with professionals in varied fields and visits to galleries, performances, and civic organizations.
“Meeting Senator Klobuchar in her office was a powerful experience for me and for the students. We’re learning that with a little research and a lot of showing up, we can have a say when it comes to arts policy at the local, state, and federal levels,” Epstein says.
Marlee Baron ’22, a sociology/anthropology major in the class, said she was “thrilled” to meet Senator Klobuchar, and Holly Beck ’22, a sophomore history and religion major, was equally delighted by how accessible the senator was during Klobuchar’s “Minnesota Morning” event, when constituents can come to her Senate office and meet both the Senator and her staff.
Learn more about the Interim course — and follow along on their daily adventures — on the Democracy and the Arts Interim Blog.