Former U.S. Senator and Governor Jon Corzine will teach an honors seminar for Fairleigh Dickinson University this summer. Corzine will teach the course “Global Issues” to 15 undergraduate honors students on the University’s campus in Oxfordshire, U.K., Wroxton College from July 10 – 16.
The course is required of all undergraduates and explores several themes including globalization, sustainability, and human rights. The University has four campuses, two in New Jersey, one in Vancouver, Canada and one in the historic village of Wroxton in Oxfordshire where the Governor will spend a week.
“I am looking forward to this unique experience of teaching, talking with, and learning from great students on a spectacular campus,” said Corzine. “I am also deeply concerned with the direction our public discourse has taken in this campaign season. I look forward to exploring the phenomena of nativism and populism with a new generation of adults.”
The University was the first in the United States to acquire and operate a campus overseas. FDU bought the property from Oxford University in 1963. The main building, Wroxton Abbey is a fully modernized Jacobean mansion on 56 acres of its own lawns, lakes and woodlands. Originally constructed as an Augustinian priory in 1215, it was rebuilt as manor house in the 17th century and was the ancestral home of Lord North—the last prime minister of New Jersey and the United Colonies.
“Being able to learn abroad directly from a man who not only triumphed in the business world, but also served as the Governor of New Jersey proves what a phenomenal commitment FDU has to global education,” said Sarah Hof, a sophomore majoring in Marketing. “I’m looking forward very much to meeting and learning from him.”
Peter Woolley, a professor of political science at FDU who will join the seminar and who used to poll the governor as the executive director of the University’s survey research group, PublicMind said “my inquiries show that students strongly approve of Jon teaching for us. I predict his favorable rating will be very high.”