Status of the Shipboard Campus

As the Institute for Shipboard Education has shared since earlier this year, ISE and its European banks arranged a standstill agreement to facilitate the sale of the MV Explorer to relieve the organization of the many financial burdens of ship ownership. The agreement states that ISE remains owner of the MV Explorer through the Semester at […]

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Discovering Water

Water is recognizably a necessity for all, though globally we lack equal access to this resource. My desire is to one day work on ground water treatment and distribution internationally as a career, which is why when I applied as a presidential scholar for the Spring 2015 voyage I knew that my project had  to […]

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Learning to Forgive: Lessons from South Africa

Apartheid was a South African system of legalized racial discrimination that ended in 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected president and subsequently established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In this Explorer Seminar, social psychologist Scott Plous interviews anthropologist Walton Johnson about what it’s like to live in South Africa 20 years after the Commission was […]

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Student Photo Gallery: South Africa

In addition to its rich cultural history, amazing people, and storied past, South Africa is a destination for professional landscape and wildlife photographers from around the world.  Students from the Spring 2015 Voyage are providing some competition!  See photographs from the MV Explorer’s six day stop in South Africa below:

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Exploring the Bottom of Pyramid Markets in South Africa

On the final day the MV Explorer was docked in Cape Town, South Africa professor Susan Muller took her class to visit the vibrant nearby townships. During this rare field lab, students had the opportunity to meet local entrepreneurs in a variety of different subjects such as retail, financial services, and housing in an effort […]

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Popular Music of Cape Town

For Spring 2015 voyagers, the MV Explorer’s arrival in South Africa coincided with the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. As a part of their field lab, Students in professor Erik Deluca’s Popular Music class were treated to a private performance by the Kyle Shepherd Trio. Nicole Thompson of the College of New Jersey speaks about […]

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Mangrove And Coral Reef Restoration In Mauritius

The island of Mauritius provided students aboard the MV Explorer a sense of excitement to soak up all that the first port in Africa had to offer. That morning, section one of Dr. Ann Gargett’s Introduction to Oceanography class set out from Port Louis towards the western side of the island to Grand Sable. At […]

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Protecting Our Oceans: Teamwork is the Key to Success

In Port Louis, Mauritius, there is a hub of the Global Shapers Community created by the World Economic Forum. Here, young leaders want to make a contribution to their community by implementing innovative social projects. Semester at Sea had the great idea of partnering with them for our field program. When I signed up I […]

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Eco-friendly Glass Blowing in Mauritius

While in Mauritius, Spring 2015 voyagers visited the Mauritius Glass Gallery, where they learned about environmentally sustainable glass blowing techniques and got to try their hand at creating blown glass pieces of their own. Mark Rissmann of Iowa State University shares his experiences at the glass gallery and shows off the piece of glass art […]

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The Maharaja’s Observatory in Jaipur, India

In the 1720′s, Maharaja Jai Singh II moved the capital of Rajasthan to Jaipur.  He wanted to make sure however, that his new capital would have sufficient instruments to measure time and determine astrological signs.  He sent his team of scientists and astronomers throughout Europe to learn how to improve the common sundial, and when they returned, […]

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A Climb Up Sigiriya In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, located off of the south east coast of India, has a lush history that dates back over 3,000 years. Similar to many of the Asian countries visited during the Spring 2015 voyage, the island has a substantial Buddhist heritage and is also known for being a biodiversity hotspot. In years past, Semester at […]

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