Study Travel Faculty

St. Olaf Study Travel programs are typically led by St. Olaf professors who are passionate about sharing their favorite subjects and destinations with travelers who want to be more than tourists. Occasionally program leaders are drawn from the broader St. Olaf community.


 Ed and Lois Langerak


Ed Langerak is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at St Olaf, and Lois Langerak is a retired Dental Hygienist. Together they have led four student semesters abroad: Term in Asia, 1989-90; Term in the Middle East, 1996-97 and 2009-10; and Global Semester, 2003-04; as well as three Study Travel programs: Turkey, Israel/Palestine, and Jordan in January, 2009; Netherlands and Belgium in April, 2012; and Egypt in March, 2013. You can learn more about them at


Peter Abrahamson

Peter Abrahamson is the General Manager for Bon Appétit Management Company at St. Olaf
College. He started as Executive Chef and has been working at the College for 10 years. Peter
was an apprentice for the United States Culinary Team in Frankfurt Germany in 1988. He has
worked in many different kitchens in Florida and Minnesota including Roy’s, The Capital Grille,
Bellanote, South Seas Plantation, and Sundial Beach Resort. His goal — whether as a chef or
manager — has always been to use the best quality local ingredients and cook them correctly
to highlight them. He is a Minnesota native and lives in West St. Paul with his beautiful wife, Jen,
and his 10 year old son Owen.


 Dave and Pat Van Wylen

Professor of Biology Dave Van Wylen and International and Off-Campus Studies Coordinator Pat Van Wylen are veteran group travel leaders, having led semester abroad programs in Asia (1998), the Middle East (2008), and Australia (2013). Dave has also taught three January interims in Peru (Peruvian Medical Experience), six interims of Cardiac Surgery and Research at Emory University in Atlanta, plus a 2010 summer Global Health in Tanzania experience. Pat assisted on most of these interims as well as on an interim Health Care and Culture course in Hawaii/Micronesia (2010).


 Karen Cherewatuk

Karen Cherewatuk, Professor of English, is a specialist in medieval literature.  In addition to leading six interims abroad on the Literature of the Eastern Caribbean (in Barbados, Trinidad, and St. Lucia), she has traveled in Europe and India; she will supervise Global Semester in fall, 2014.   


 anne Groton

Anne GrotonProfessor of Classics, is a specialist in ancient comedy.  She has led the Classics interim abroad in Greece (sometimes also Rome) eleven times and has traveled on her own in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland; she will teach Classical Studies in Greece yet again in January, 2015.


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