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Over the last two and a half years, THINK Global School has made its way to a wide variety of exotic and varied locations, and we’ve learned new and wonderful things from the inhabitants of each culture along the way. One place that we had never held classes up until this point, however, is in North America. That has all changed with our current spring term in the colonial city of Boston, Massachusetts.
One of the benefits of conducting classes in the United States’ Northeast is the close proximity that many of the major cities share with one another. Deals abound for those looking to spend a day or weekend in New York City or Philadelphia, with buses running to both on a daily basis and travel time taking less than half a day. This ease of travel opened the (train) door for our students to spend five days in the Nation’s Capital of Washington, D.C. Between February 11th and February 16th, our students will visit some of D.C.’s most prestigious museums and historical attractions as they learn about America’s short rise as a nation.
Our destinations along the way include:
- The Newseum
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- The White House
- A tour of the Capitol
- Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
- The National Portrait Gallery
- Arlington National Cemetery
- Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
- Georgetown University
- Anacostia Neighborhood
- Smithsonian Museum
- Kennedy Center
Our time in D.C. will also include three very prominent guest speakers. The first, Jacqueline Birn, spoke to the students Monday at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum regarding the atrocities committed under the Nazi regime. Birn, a Holocaust survivor herself, now helps ensure that the individual memories and experiences of survivors and victims of the Holocaust are well preserved for future generations. The second speaker, His Majesty Reza Pahlavi, will speak to the students about the plight of Iranians under the Islamic regime in Iran. As the son of the last Shah, Reza left Iran at the age of 17 for air force training, during which time the establishment of the clerical regime in Iran prevented his return. Now living in exile, he speaks out frequently about the oppression of the Iranian people under the regime’s rule, and calls for a secular and democratic government to be installed within the country. The third speaker, Nils Olsen, is a trained Social Psychologist and Statistician who will provide the students with his expertise on the subject of behavioral economics.
Between the diversity of guest speaker topics and quality of destinations within Washington, D.C., this trip promises to be an excellent opportunity for our students to experience, learn and converse about America’s origins and current status as a world superpower.
(Update: Our talks with Greg Simon and Reza Pahlavi are now available to view below and on YouTube).