Wednesday, May 11, 2011

SAIS "in situ"

You've heard us say it before: learning at SAIS takes place in and outside the classroom.

In a typical year, students organize trips to points around the globe to deepen their understanding of cultures and international relations. The trips are generally organized in conjunction with academic concentrations or with Career Services. Often, the students take the lead.

This year, some SAIS Bologna students traveled to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. There were also trips to Morocco and Spain. Some students traveled to London and Brussels under the aegis of Career Services. We have already written a post about a study trip, organized with the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development, to Sarajevo -- the 10th such trip SAIS Bologna students have taken with CCSDD to the Bosnian capital.

If you have a few minutes, take a look at this video that captures some moments of a recent trip by Latin American Studies Program students from SAIS Washington to Costa Rica. If you are as weak in Spanish as I am, you can skip lightly over some of the interviews in the middle of the video to view the rest.

Disfruten el video!

Nelson Graves


Ihssane said...

Thank you for the fun video! It showcases once again the range of the SAIS experience. I am so excited to be joining you next semester!

[Just one small thing about the title of the blog entry - it doesn't seem to display entirely ("SAIS in situ"), but maybe it's just my computer.]

Nelson Graves said...

Ihssane - Does anyone read our blog as carefully as you do? Amina and I thought long and hard about the headline for this blog post. Because the software does not seem to permit italics in the headlines, "in situ" is not italicized, as we would have preferred. It comes from Latin meaning "in position". In this case, we meant it to mean "SAIS on site" -- that is, SAIS travels beyond the classroom to places around the world. Your comment has allowed us to explain it -- thank you. We look forward to seeing what trips are organized next year. Nelson

Nelson Graves said...

I've put quotation marks around "in situ" to set it off properly. Thank you, Issane. A former journalist like myself should have known better.