International Law: Justice for Yugoslavia

Crimes against humanity. Mass Murder. Genocide. These topics could wake up any 9:00am class. With 14 countries already on their schedule, the International Law class added just one more region to their curriculum. Taking a deeper look at the former Yugoslavia, students studied a war that was not only an important part of history but […]

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NGO Peace Village: Small People, Big Impact

Whenever children from developing nations are brought into more established countries, empathetic individuals want to jump in and help. But consider what version of “help” is best for them. Questions are often asked… Can I buy them treats? Would a donation of food or clothing help? Are they up for adoption? Education on the children […]

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Understanding Great Structures: Dutch Delta Works

Fall 2014 students enrolled in the course Understanding Great Structures ventured out from the MV Explorer, which had made port in Antwerp, Belgium, to the Netherlands to increase their understanding about how low-lying countries protect their land and people from being inundated with water.  Professor Richard D’Amato led the field program with visits to Oosterscheldekering, […]

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Discovering a Passion for Media

While visiting Hamburg, Germany, students in Professor Margaret D’Silva’s Global Media class left the classroom and had a chance to explore TIDE, a community television and radio station at the Hamburg Media School. TIDE is not only a resource for media students studying at HMS, but uniquely allows anyone from the community to create media […]

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A Student Perspective: Backpacking to Berlin

As soon as St. Petersburg was forgotten behind the horizon, Poland and Germany became the primary focus for all of us on the ship. It was the first opportunity for major independent travel, allowing us to navigate our way from Gdansk to Rostock. Hectic plans were made as we tried to prioritize what to do, […]

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Concentration Camp Visit Leaves a Mark

“You lost your clothes. You lost your identity. You lost everything here,” said German guide Silvia Höhne, as she stood at the entrance to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in Oranienburg, Germany. Eerie. Hollow. Sad. A cool breeze whipped through this solemn ground as if it were planned, building on its somber feel. Visiting a concentration camp was not […]

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A Tale of Turbulence through Poland’s Castles

As members of the shipboard community disembarked to explore the castles of Poland, they might have been expecting medieval stories of kings, dungeons, and moats. But what they found instead was not a fairytale but a story of turbulence and strength. Malbork Castle, the largest brick castle in the world, was built by monks over a 120 year […]

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Visit to a Russian Ballet School

During their stay in St. Petersburg, Russia, a group of Fall 2014 students had the opportunity to visit a private ballet school in the heart of the city. Unlike attending an evening ballet performance, students were able to watch three young ballet students warm-up and stretch before performing a number of world-renowned ballets, including Swan Lake. […]

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