Tuesday, October 22, 2013

DAY FOUR - Sunday, 10/20

Our final day in DC offered perfect weather and an excellent opportunity to get outside and take in the sights.

Inspired by Dr. Milakovic's political candor, these students took their opinions to the streets.

Moving exhibit at the Newseum about college students' role in the civil rights movement. A must-see for our class.

One of Prof. Winter's favorite spots is Villareal's LED tunnel at the National Gallery of Art.

Human bone exhibit at the Museum of Natural History.

Students had open travel time after the Newseum. What did you choose to see?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

DAY THREE - Saturday, 10/19

Another day on our feet, exploring sites on the Virginia side of the river.

Militaristic precision even in death.

The view from General Lee's estate. Location. Location. Location.

WW II veterans at the tomb of the unknown soldier. We made sure to stay put for the changing of the guard.

Watching a video on army nurses at the Women in Military Service to America Memorial.

Journaling at the Pentagon 9/11 memorial.

The original White House protestor was in attendance for our night bus tour.

The majesty of Lincoln at night.

Eerie ghostlike soldiers on patrol at the Korean War Memorial.

Quiet reverence in black granite at the Vietnam Wall.

MLK Jr. stands stern, reminding onlookers of the civil rights work that still needs to be done.

Friday, October 18, 2013

DAY TWO - Friday, 10/18

Today found us on our feet and moving about the Mall. On our way there though, we stopped by the White House and snapped another group shot. The weather was perfect, crowds were minimal, and we had a great day.

Not quite the White House view we're used to on TV, but it will work.

"Silence is a War Crime" 24/7 protest since 1981

The reflecting pool is FINALLY back!

Facade still under repair after the 2011 earthquake.

Vietnam War Memorial, always a somber experience.

Two nursing students view the Vietnam nurses memorial.

Tour of the mall was followed up by a powerful visit to the Holocaust Museum.

It's surprisingly rare to see protests in DC. This roving rant is an exception.

Confidence and stability? Hmmm...

Another hmmm...moment. Statues outside of the Washington Post building. Democrats = tree-hugging panda lovers. Republicans = DC establishment.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

DAY ONE - Thursday, 10/17

Thankfully D.C. was open for business today! We jumped right into the trip with tours of the Capitol building and Library of Congress. Pleasantly surprised by the lack of tourists. No crowds = more engaging experience.

The excited group shot.

Students diligently journaling and reflecting on the experience.

In this tumultuous political climate, Dr. Milakovic was brave enough to let her opinion be known. 

Tour of Capitol interior.

All directions in the city originate at this central point in the Capitol crypt.

Prepping students before Library of Congress.

Is it a flag? Is it a book? Awesome logo design 101 folks!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Open for business?

As the class prepares for our Washington D.C. trip, the question remains: Will D.C. be open for business? A day before the trip, it was announced that an agreement had been reached. Here's to hoping that doors will be open upon our arrival!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Day 4 - Open Itinerary

On the final day of our stay students were given the opportunity to self-select where to go and what to see. Many chose to go back to the mall to view additional war memorials while others visited another Smithsonian or two. Professors Milakovic and Winter chose to investigate possible locations for future D.C. trips including the Washington National Cathedral and Old Town Alexandria.
The National cathedral, beautiful in its design but bizarre in its content. Was it designed in reverence to God or to our military?

Unknown Civil War soldier at the Alexandria National Cemetery.

Day 3 - Holocaust Memorial Museum and Smithsonians

After the National Mall, students transitioned to museum visits including the Holocaust Memorial and a Smithsonian(s) of their choosing.
Outside of the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

President Lincoln's top hat at the National Museum of American History.