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Student to share Guatemalan immersion experience during ‘Thursdays at the U’

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Shawn Larson

Shawn Larson

UW-Eau Claire – Barron County student Shawn Larson will present a talk titled “Guatemala: A Crossroads in Time” during UW-Eau Claire – Barron County’s "Thursdays at the U" series Oct. 24. The presentation will be from noon-1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus.

Through a study abroad immersion course in Guatemala, Larson had the opportunity to work with local coffee farmers and coffee cooperatives to learn more about their culture and that of Guatemala as a whole.

During his Oct. 24 talk, Larson will describe his experiences in a non-English speaking homestay, construction work, coffee farming and his travel throughout Guatemala. He also will discuss the history, culture and everyday life in present day, post-civil war Guatemala.

Larson, a communications student in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program, is a native of Hillsdale. After completing his bachelor’s degree this fall, he will begin a master’s program in student personnel administration in higher education.

The series is free and open to the public, thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation.

For more information about "Thursdays at the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-788-6216.