4th March 2002




The University of Lincoln is raising its profile in America with a developing relationship and exchange programme with Minnesota State University Moorhead.


Mark Strand, Professor in Mass Communications at Minnesota, will be arriving in Lincoln as part of the exchange next week. 


He will be participating in seminars and workshops in the faculty of Media and Communications and giving a public lecture entitled, ‘Carved, Written, Printed and Scribbled: The Power of the Word and the Bias of Communication’.


The lecture will illustrate the power of written communication from carving in stone to the age of the Internet and the electronic book, and will be held in the Cargill Lecture Theatre at 7pm on Thursday 7th March.  Members of the public are welcome to attend. 


Mark Strand’s visit is part of a recently established exchange programme between the universities.  Senior lecturer in Media Theory Nigel Morris organised Mark’s visit when he spent a week at Moorhead where he gave a public lecture on ‘The Full Monty’, one of the most successful British films ever in the United States.


The exchange is also giving Minnesota students and Lincoln students an opportunity to travel abroad.  Third-year Media Production students Katie Addison, Katy Pervin and Will Yates spent last semester at Moorhead and students from Mark Strand’s department are currently beginning a semester here.


“The exchange to America was absolutely fantastic,” said Katie.  “It opened my eyes to the world and was a great confidence booster.  I’m already saving to go back there and would recommend the exchange programme to anyone!”


“It was awesome,” added Will Yates.  “Experiencing another culture gave me the opportunity to build and explore new skills and develop some good friendships.”


“The exchange programme with Moorhead enables Lincoln students to travel and broaden their horizons,” said a university spokesman.  “It encourages international students to study in Lincoln and means we can invite American academics to come to Lincoln and share their expertise.”


For more information contact: Anna Godley, Press Assistant

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042 Email: agodley@lincoln.ac.uk