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Fall 2019: Canals and The Atlantic

Fall 2019

Canals and The Atlantic
Instructor & Intercultural Specialist

Lori Goss Lawson

Montana State University

The fall 2019 voyage will be Lori’s second Semester at Sea adventure, and her third time living at sea. In the spring of 2018 she circumnavigated the globe aboard the MV World Odyssey and – a long time ago – while a student at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) she spent a year living in the Santa Barbara harbor aboard a slightly smaller vessel; a 34-foot sailboat.

Though Lori loves the ocean, for the last 19+ years she and her family have lived in the mountain town of Bozeman, Montana, where she teaches at Montana State University (MSU), and where she and her husband raised their now 23-year-old daughter and hosted multiple long-term international students.

Surprisingly – despite her interest in other cultures – Lori did not grow up a world traveler. In fact, she never left the US until she went away to college. It was while at UCSB that she became an intrepid adventurer, living in Mexico and Scotland, and taking a solo multi-month backpacking trip through Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia and the Philippines. After college, Lori worked in advertising in downtown San Francisco for several years, then headed to grad school at UC Davis. Prior to her family’s move to Montana, she taught at UC Davis and Sonoma State Universities.

Academically, Lori has a wide range of interests and has taught on a variety of topics – ranging from global poverty to happiness – but for the last decade her primary focus has been on intercultural competence. In pursuit of pedagogical best practices for teaching transformational intercultural learning, Lori spent a good portion of several summers at Reed College, in Portland Oregon, where she was a fellow at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC.) During these summer sojourn’s Lori discovered, not only effective IC teaching methods, but also areas for growth in her own life.

The intercultural courses she subsequently introduced at MSU were very well received. Student’s enthusiastic appreciation for her course design and interactive teaching style resulted in multiple teaching awards plus her consistent ranking as Montana State University’s top professor on “”

Lori is incredibly excited to be a part of the fall 2019 voyage. She looks forward to exploring new lands and cultures, and to forming forever-friendships as we share the epic adventures that are such a fundamental part of the Semester at Sea experience.