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May 12, 2015

Three students reflect on their experiences in the course Justice in Our Lives: Andrew – Outside Student “Coming into this course, I did not have many expectations. I suppose I expected jumpsuits and general jail stereotypes, but besides that I didn’t have many conscious expectations. Although I didn’t have many thought-out expectations, I think I had unconscious expectations bred into me through media, society, and news. Seeing movies like “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Escape from Alcatraz” has created an image of what jails and prisons look like in my head. My view of prison was an image of white painted…

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May 12, 2015

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program was started at Temple University in the late nineties as an educational program bringing together incarcerated men and women (inside students) and college students (outside students) into a common classroom within the walls of a prison or jail. Students study crime, justice, and other social issues as peers, learning from one another and building relationships across societal barriers. Aside from being taught within a correctional facility and between students on the inside and out, Inside-Out courses also depend on teaching and learning through more experiential methods. Instructors facilitate the group in a variety of exercises,…

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May 12, 2015

The Arts in London students are scurrying about buying tickets, attending performances, and engaging in galleries… and doing homework in the computer lab. Today is the day that four of our Focused Response Assignments (FRAs) are due as well as our proposal for our Independent Project. The FRAs are reflective essays about different mandatory arts events that our whole group experiences. Our most recent event was attending the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time last evening. The show challenged us not only through the staging and acting, but also through visual and auditory stimulation. The set was electronic…

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May 12, 2015

The last days have been full with many activities.  On Friday all of the research teams went to the field to collect more data for their projects.  Several hours in the field usually translates to twice as many hours in the lab sorting through samples looking for copepods, nudibranchs, and/or gastropods etc. Saturday morning we returned to the field, after which the students took the practical exam at 1:00.  They did fabulously well…. Callinectus sapidus, Laurencia papillosa, Histrio histrio, and another 50 species seemed to be familiar friends to them by this time in the trip. Saturday afternoon we loaded…

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May 10, 2015

Week One, Done

After a week of constantly running from class to shows and galleries, hopping on the next bus or the tube, grabbing £3 meal deals at convenient stores, and buying tickets to everything we can get our hands on, we’re getting pretty acclimated to the Arts in London life.  By now we’re moving around our part of town well enough many of us have had tourists ask us for directions. Thursday, lots of us went to the National Gallery and saw halls filled with the most beautiful paintings from the Renaissance through the Impressionism period.  When we arrived at the National Gallery,…

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May 10, 2015

Laura

Laura Hochstetler is the first student to write about our experience at Yachana Lodge and Foundation.  Here is her description of a night out in the jungle: Upon hearing that we had the option to either go to bed or explore the rain forest in the dark, Lydia, my roommate, and I were faced with a tough decision. We must have been either incredibly dehydrated or delusional to think that two extra hours of sleep would trump a chance to see the incredible night life surrounding our lodge. Thankfully, we came to our senses, put our boots on and met…

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May 9, 2015

Megan

Megan Strock writes about our rafting trip on the Jondachi and Hollin rivers — these were Class III and Class IV rapids and our guides at River People Rafting gave us the time of our lives while teaching us all about white water: I can officially cross rafting in the Amazon off my bucket list! What a day to remember. Our group was blessed with the opportunity to go white water rafting in the Jondachi River today. I have always wanted to go and, let me tell you, it was everything I had hoped it to be. I had a…

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May 8, 2015

Thursday morning we had placid waters again, perfect conditions for a snorkeling trip to the reef.  We hired a boat from Keys Marine Lab (KML), an education and research station across the road from our station located here in Layton. Captains Tom and Bill took us out for an entire day of snorkeling. We started the day at Chico Rock, a shallow near reef habitat with lots of easy snorkeling that allowed one to get close to the fish and coral.  We also visited Alligator Reef – the clear blue water was amazingly clear.  We saw lots of barracuda, rays,…

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May 8, 2015

David

Here is a post from David Zehr:   Ecuador is a fascinating Country filled with jungles, mountains, beaches and Urban cities. Our trip began with a jaunt over the Andes, followed by several exciting days in the sometimes Damp, sometimes hot area near Tena. Often our time has been filled with incredible sights, great learning and fun friendships, yet I’m super excited that tomorrow we’re going RAFTING!

May 8, 2015

Marcos

This is the first of many student perspectives we’ll be sharing this term.  This first post is written by Marcos Castillo:   After a long, informative ethnobotanical tour in the jungle bordering the town of Puyo, I took advantage of the free time to explore the town’s market as well as climb a sightseeing tower. While on top, I paused to admire the sun’s long rays as it began to set on this Amazonian town. I couldn’t help but smile with the sort of disbelief that I was in such a beautiful place. The potential of native medicines and the…

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