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May 11, 2000
Friends World Student Sharon Akers to Study at Oxford

Darren Johnson
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Southampton, NY Friends World student Sharon Akers was recently accepted into a unique program at England's Oxford University. The 21-year-old Merrimack, NH, native will study German and Russian philosophy and participate in a three-week seminar on Shakespeare that includes visits to three plays this summer.

Akers Oxford stay, which will stretch from June 6 to August 28, will then lead to her fall study at Friends World's London Center. Next spring, she will continue her studies in Germany, where she will hone her German language skills. This is made possible through Friends World's London Center, where students are allowed to branch out to other regions in Europe for internships and independent study. This past spring semester, Akers studied at Friends World's North American Center at Southampton College of Long Island University and participated in a project that photographed the region's disappearing farms and woodlands with artist Kathryn Szoka.

The Washington International Studies Council sponsors Akers Oxford stay, where she plans to study literature and philosophy and continue her study of Communications Arts, which is her Friends World concentration. She is the daughter of Julie Zebuhr of Merrimack, NH, and Alan Stifelman-Staudt of Doylestown, Pa.

Since 1965, Friends World students have carried out studies in over 75 countries, making a reality of the phrase "the world is your campus." The College's program requires classroom study, immersion language training and independent fieldwork in at least two foreign centers/cultures. Under faculty guidance, students develop skills and competencies in a major academic field by combining research, hands-on experience and analytical writing. Founded by the Quakers in 1965, Friends World became nonsectarian in the mid-1970s. In the 1991-92 academic year, Friends World affiliated with Long Island University and received full accreditation by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The program is currently based at Long Island University's Southampton College. Friends World has centers in the U.S., China, Costa Rica, England, India, Israel and Japan.