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Students talk politics with celebrity Slovenian

By David Gonnerman '90
January 11, 2011

St. Olaf students participating in the political science Interim program in Slovenia and the Balkans, Changing Political Identities in Coastal Central Europe, met recently with Peter Bossman, mayor of the Slovenian city of Piran. Bossman, a Ghana-born physician, garnered recognition last year as the first black mayor elected in the region of the former Communist Bloc.

Students discussed questions with Bossman that ranged from the economy to politics to sports (including an inquiry about whether he rooted for the Ghanian or Slovenian team during the World Cup).

St. Olaf, a national leader in study abroad, offers nearly 90 academic programs in 48 countries, including Global Semester, Term in Asia, and Term in the Middle East.

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