|Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.|
A group of fourteen Honors students from American Studies, Business, Communications, Electrical Engineering, English, Life Science, Political Science, and Psychology completed Dr. Kupfer's Honors 301H. Although three of us could not make it to the class trip due to conflicts of schedules, all of us had lots of fun in class discussing knowledge acquisition problems and solutions from the past, present, and future. In particular, Dr. Kupfer introduced arete, an ancient Greek concept in which the appreciation of "things that hang together in proportion is intrinsically beautiful." This idea permeated our class throughout the semester. Our knowledge was enriched through reading books of various subjects and genres, appreciating music and videos, writing papers, and applying what we learned in small group presentations.
We embarked on our highly anticipated journey to Washington D.C. on April 5, 2013. Our first stop was the National Portrait Gallery where we were greeted by many famous faces like the American Presidents, writer Harriet Beecher Stowe, poet Langston Hughes, and social reformer Frederick Douglass while enjoying a private tour with historian Mr. David Ward. Then, we walked to the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world. We could have spent all day marveling at its architecture, sculptures, exhibits, and rare books collection. In the evening, we immersed in a world class concert by the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
|Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.|
Although most of us have visited Washington D.C. and Baltimore before, we did not venture into these eye-opening experiences. First-timers to both cities found the trip pleasant and exciting. This knowledge tour was memorable, and we could not agree more!
By Rosemary Yee