YCCC American Studies “D.C. Rocks” field trip a huge success!

posted in American Studies on March 22nd, 2019

Although many students took a break from academics during Spring Break, 16 YCCC students, ranging in age from 18-53, were hard at work learning more about our nation’s capital and the history of our country during the March vacation week. The group traveled on the train from Boston to Washington, DC and visited such famous sites as George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, The African-American History Museum and the American History Museum. The students also enjoyed a personal visit with Senator Susan Collins in her Washington office and were treated to a Capitol Tour—complete with an almost impossible-to-get visit on the Speaker’s Balcony–with two of Senator Collins’ interns. A walking tour of the monuments provided glimpses of the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Korean War Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The students enjoyed the musical “Into the Woods” at the historic Ford’s theater and stopped by the White House Visitor Center to learn more about the famous residence!

When asked about his vision for the trip, Humanities Chair David Susman said, “I had several hopes for this trip. One was that attendees would expand their sense of America—its history, arts, politics, and culture. But I also hoped that attendees would get the more general benefits that come from travel: meeting new people, experiencing a new region, and connecting with their traveling companions in ways that don’t happen in everyday life. On all counts, I think the trip was a success. Our group of attendees was terrific, and I don’t think there was anyone who wasn’t impressed with what Washington, D.C., has to offer.”

The trip was designed and led by Humanities Adjunct Faculty member, Stephen Swecker. Joining him were Chair of Humanities, David Susman, Associate Academic Dean Dr. Doreen Rogan, and Learning Center Director, Danielle Ebbrecht. The trip was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the purpose of increasing exposure to the humanities for Community College students.