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BeltLine Walk

When we started our hike on the west end trail of the beltline, the first thing our guide pointed out was the Phoenix rising sculpture. She explained the symbolism of the phoenix rising and its connection to Atlanta, as the city that was built from the ashes after the Great Fire. She made us realize how the beltline was another part of the rebuilding and improvement of Atlanta. When we started to make our way through the trail, we learned about the beltline’s function as a connection point for historic communities whether it be through the art that’s displayed by local artists or the scattered green spaces along the trails. The part that stuck out the most to me was the integration of community history as we veered deeper into the trail. There were many signs that indicated what community we were in and the history and culture of the residents. Getting to walk the beltline with fellow students and faculty, allowed us all to share a moment where we learned more about Atlanta and the communities within it and appreciate the vibrance, perseverance, and progress of local communities. 

Summary provided by Georga-Kay Whyte

November 6th, 2021

Decatur Scavenger Hunt – Journeys Active Living

Our first-year students participated in the Decatur Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, October 23, to prepare for their Global Journeys course in the Spring of 2022.  Four teams of students left the campus at 10:10 a.m., with two winning teams, 10 students, making it back to campus within the hour, and earning prizes.  Congratulations Scotties!  

Our first-place winners!

Our second place winners!

U.S. Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2021

On this October 11, 2021, traditionally called “Columbus Day” but also dedicated Indigenous Peoples Day by President Biden, Agnes Scott College’s Center for Global Learning stands in solidarity with native peoples across the globe to urge meaningful actions in support of indigenous communities everywhere.

Calling attention to the myriad of challenges that indigenous peoples face has become more important than ever in the context of climate heating. As tribal attorney and indigeneous leader Tara Houska recently mentioned at Agnes Scott College’s Women’s Global Leadership conference, Building a Better World: Women and Climate Justice, defending the rights of native communities is an urgent act of survival. Houska poignantly summarized what’s at stake:

Indigenous peoples around the globe hold 80% of all earth’s biodiversity, despite being just 5% of all human beings. We are fighting for what remains, everywhere. The earth is a relative, not a resource. My ancestors fought back, or I would not exist. I owe the next generation the same. We all do.

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Virtual Journeys (Post)Colonial Legacies Featured in “Diversity Abroad”

The Center for Global Learning is excited to share Dr. Philip Ojo’s essay, “‘Connecting Globally while Grounded at Home’: The ASC Experience” (pp. 38-40), which describes his innovative Journeys global immersion during the pandemic in March 2022. Dr. Ojo and the entire faculty team under the guidance of global learning faculty coordinator Dr. Regine Jackson created a powerful and rich series of virtual global immersions that connected students to a wide range of global sites, speakers, and cultural contexts. Congratulations to Dr. Ojo!

International Education Matters

Agnes Scott College’s Center for Global Learning applauds the recent affirmation of the role of international education and the importance of international students. As an institution that has welcomed international students for many years, we know about the transformative presence of students and scholars with different cultural backgrounds. Our global program would not be possible without the perspecives of community members who contribute aspects their life experiences, their worldviews, their languages, and their cultural experiences to shape the educational fabric of Agnes Scott College. The recent story about Aluel Deng Arou’s outlook on climate change and climate justice is a case in point: Alue’s experience is a crucial element of Agnes Scott’s upcoming conference Building a Better World: Women and Climate Justice.

Over the past year, the COVID pandemic has created significant challenges and barriers for international learning. Agnes Scott’s international community demonstrated resilience and endurance as students and faculty engaged with the situation and we are stronger for it. We look forward to a better year filled with new global opportunities and insights.

Read the full text of the statement here and watch Secretary Blinken’s opening remarks:

ASC Hosts Global Climate Justice Conference

The SUMMIT Center for Global Learning is excited about the upcoming Second Annual Women’s Global Leadership Conference (Sep 23-25, 2021), dedicated to Building a Better World: Women and Climate Justice. Sustainability, climate change, and climate justice are core elements of the SUMMIT global learning and leadership curriculum. The conference will serve as a forum to bring together activists, political leaders, and private sector representatives to discuss solutions to the climate crisis and emphasize the contributions that liberal arts learning can make for a more just world.

ASC students participate for free, follow the evolving program here and check out some of the exciting keynote speakers already confirmed:

Join us for the SUMMIT Signature Lecture on Women & Peacebuilding

On Wednesday, April 14, 6:30pm, Dr. Jennifer Burnet will deliver a lecture, “Women & Peacebuilding: Lessons from Post-Genocide Rwanda.” An Associate professor of Anthropology at Georgia State University, Dr. Burnet has conducted field research in the affected region and published her insights in the award-winning book, Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory & Silence in Rwanda (2012). The event is free and open to the public, please register here.

Journeys Through My Eyes – Migration and Art in the Open City

Over these next couple of weeks, we are featuring student perspectives on the Global Journeys virtual immersion experience this year.

Today, we continue with Journeys 2021 #Migration&Art21

Jordan Hood ’24 shared her reflection and photos from this experience with us:

“My group and I traveled between New York and Mexico. It was nice to take virtual tours in these places, but considering I’d never been to either place, I wish we could have gone physically. Especially with the architecture of Puebla, the landscapes and historical landmarks were breathtaking. And with New York, I would have liked to tour it with Rachel Eliza Griffiths, our poet-presenter. Being her homestead, and where most of her poem inspiration comes from, I would have liked to chat and eat with her about her experiences.”

Thanks for sharing, Jordan!

Journeys Through My Eyes: (Post)Colonial Legacies

Over these next couple of weeks, we are featuring student perspectives on the Global Journeys virtual immersion experience this year.

We are continuing with Journeys 2021 #JourneysPostcolonial21:

We were fortunate enough to have two students share their experience in this class.

Kit Tures ’24 shared their reflection and experience via an Instagram takeover:

“My journeys experience was meaningful because I enjoyed the broad cultural overview that we covered. Our speaker was very engaging, and I learned an incredible amount about the gender disparity in Martinique. I especially liked the attitude that the speaker held towards Carnival and the freedom it allows everyone.”

Thanks, Kit! Your artwork is phenomenal.

Maleah Slade ’24 also shared her experience:

“(Post)Colonial Legacies allowed me to take part in cooking classes that not only taught how to prepare dishes from the domestic/international locations, but also taught the history of those locations. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and answered every question my classmates and I had. This Journeys trip allowed me to experience the culture and tradition of Martinique and New Orleans from the comfort of my own home.”

Thank you, Maleah! Your food looked like it turned out amazing.

For Journeys (Post)Colonial Legacies, we had the pleasure to work with Global Works. Please find more information about Global Works on their website, linked here – Global Works Travel.

Journeys Through My Eyes: Islamic Art & Culture

Over the next couple of weeks we will feature the perspective of students who participated in this year’s virtual Global Immersion experience.

We start with Journeys 2021 #IslamicArtCulture:

Afnan Mahmud ’24 shared her experience with us:

“I had a great time participating in the workshop throughout the week. We learned the basics of calligraphy, geometric art, and Arabian Coffee! We also cooked CousCous and made hummus from scratch. Not to mention learning illumination art and the basics of belly dancing! The smell of cloves in my kitchen will forever remind me of the people we met and the knowledge we gained from them while having fun! It was a great bonding experience for me. And although it was virtual, Dr. Iqbal tried her best to make peak week special for us and it showed! I am very lucky to have received the appropriate tools to participate in the workshops.”

Thank you for sharing, Afnan! It looks like you had an amazing time.

For Journeys Islamic Art and Architecture, we had the pleasure to work with Institute for American Universities and Education Travel Adventures. Please find more information about our program providers on their respective websites, linked here – Institute for American Universities, Education Travel Adventures

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