In 1967-68, Calvin implemented a new academic calendar that for the first time included Interim. Taking advantage of this new opportunity, Professor Art Otten, chair of the French Department, decided to organize Calvin’s first ever interim abroad to Paris and Montpellier. This was the course description:
FREN 21: Interim Abroad: Four and one-half weeks in France, with three-day excursion to the chateaux of the Loire valley. Advanced language; lectures by French authorities on language, literature and culture. Visits to important monuments and museums as well as attendance at the Opera and at the Comédie-Française. (Fee: approximately $500) Otten.
Three alumni share their memories of that first Calvin Interim Abroad:
Dorothea Berkhout ex'71
- Dorothea Berkhout had a great experience spending time in Paris and taking classes at l’Université de Montpellier.
Lucie Commeret Marsden '71
- As a 17-year-old freshman, Lucie Marsden spent every last dollar she owned to go on the Interim Abroad—and was rewarded with an once-in-a-lifetime experience that she remembers fondly to this day.
Barbara Gardner '70
- For Barbara Gardner, the Interim Abroad nurtured a love of a country and its people that has resulted in her taking more than a dozen trips to France.