Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation
Marilyn McMorrow, associate teaching professor in the Department of Government, teaches a proseminar “Global Pathways: Competing Visions,” in which she seeks to address Georgetown’s legacy of slavery.
In addition to requiring her first-year students to read the “Georgetown University Working Group Report on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation,” McMorrow supplements her course with a class trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
“During the class following the museum trip, we reflected on how what we had read prepared us for the museum and what we experienced at the museum shed light on what we had read,” McMorrow says.
Community Connections and Contributions
Lahra Smith, associate professor in the SFS, currently advises the SFS Academic Council and teaches a proseminar “Migration in and from Africa,” which visits the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
Through her work with the SFS Academic Council, Smith has also launched an international affairs teaching exchange with Roosevelt High School in Petworth.
It may seem inconsequential, but as a freshman, this incentive to go off campus independently has given me confidence in my navigational skills in a new city.
Mark Giordano, professor and Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environment and International Affairs in the SFS, aims to connect students with local organizations working on the issues they are learning in the classroom.
“In any class I teach on water or agriculture, I take students on a field trip to the Potomac or Anacostia Rivers,” he says. “Through that they meet organizations working on the river and many end up working or volunteering in some way.”
Breaking the Georgetown Bubble
Tone, who takes advantage of the Georgetown shuttle buses with direct routes to metro stops throughout the city, says her commute has given her more confidence to explore DC.
“It may seem inconsequential, but as a freshman, this incentive to go off campus independently has given me confidence in my navigational skills in a new city, as well as a way to learn about Georgetown’s transportation services,” she says.
Student find that opportunities in DC give them access to new perspectives that can expand their worldviews and complement classroom learning.
“The ability to extend my learning into DC is an invaluable way to reinforce that the themes discussed in my classes on the Hilltop are both relevant in the ‘real world’ (which can sometimes feel far removed from abstract theories studied in lectures) and enable me to better understand the world around me,” Zieser says.