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travel to Washington DC

Traveling with 125 students and chaperones is a major undertaking.  Our luggage room!

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Holocaust survivor Irene Fogel Weiss, with Seevak Chair in History, Judi Freeman.   Ms. Weiss spoke to our group at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.


The atrium of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Views of the Smithsonian National African-American History and Culture Museum

The annual Facing History multiday trip to Washington DC is tailored to support the focus in the course.  Our key stops involve extended visits to three sites: the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.   Typically we hear from witnesses and survivors, human rights activists, journalists, and staff at non-governmental organizations as well.   And in some years, we visit the US Capitol and the White House. 

All Facing History students who wish to participate travel to Washington.   The trip is integrated fully into the course.   In addition to an immersive experience at each of the aforementioned sites, students in various years visit the numerous memorials throughout the city: the Lincoln Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the National World War II Memorial.   

As part of the trip, students also divide into smaller groups and visit media-related sites as well as the offices of NGOs engaged in social justice and human rights work throughout the Washington area.   

The Washington DC trip typically takes place in February or March of the academic year.   

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Meeting with longtime NPR Defense department correspondent Tom Bowman and touring National Public Radio's offices.

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Meeting with longtime CNN anchor John King '81 at CNN News Bureau in Washington, DC

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At NBC's Washington studios, students sat in on a recording of Meet the Press and spoke with anchor Chuck Todd as well as longtime NBC anchor Andrea Mitchell.

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Emily's List hosted students interested in learning more about how the organization supports female candidates for public office.

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Moving 125 students + chaperones in the massive DC Metro stations

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The Vietnam Veterans' Memorial

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The National World War II Memorial

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The Korean War Memorial

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The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

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A gallery at the Smitnsonian National Museum of the American Indian

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Gathering in the morning at our hotel

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A group portrait, taken every year on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Student David Hospedales '16 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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Longtime faculty emeritus chaperones Chuck Aversa and Maggie Greaves

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