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12 July 2017

Dispatches from Summer Camp

For the week of July 16, 2017

Summer camp is a rite of passage for many Minnesota kids who often approach the experience with a mixture of apprehension and anticipation. Campers experience everything from homesickness to poison ivy to summer love.

Guest: Eric Dregni, Associate Professor of English, journalism and Italian at Concordia University and author of 17 books

  • Part 1 – 14:38

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    Once the shock of mosquito bites and being away from home for the first time subsides, camp, for many kids, offers the first test of independence. Dregni believes that overnight camps prove to kids that they can separate from their family and survive.

  • Part 2 – 11:57

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    Dregni reads a passage from “You’re Sending Me Where?” and discusses the recent cultural shifts in today’s summer camps.

    For more information on Eric Dregni’s “You’re Sending Me Where? Dispatches from Summer Camp” go to: www.upress.umn.edu

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