Analysis and Reflection

I thought these blogs were a good way to keep track of our progress in the course; some people found them stressful, no doubt, but I enjoyed the respite from the more pressing work of my other classes. I loved keeping up with everyone’s blogs throughout our trip in Canada, and I loved seeing everyone’s…

Final Post: Final Thoughts

I was skeptical about Summit when I came here. It sounded vague and too broad and didn’t really seem to have much substance to it. When I started the global course in the fall, my views didn’t change. I thought my LDR class was really great, but the global class just seemed to lag behind….

Globalization and Contamination

I really appreciated The Case for Contamination reading, because cultural appropriation is such a hot and confusing topic. But we have to understand that cultural appropriation can exist in the same space as cultural “contamination,” or infusion without it having to be a horrible thing. While cheapening a culture is considered inappropriate, choosing whether to include an aspect…

Where Am I Now?

I’m not sure how to answer this question. I’ve thought about it a lot, and I’ve started this blog at least three times. I’m not sure in what context I should answer this question. Where am I, in a personal context? A spiritual context? Or in the context of this class? I’ll just cover it…

(Belated) Response to “Why We Travel”

The reading “Why We Travel,” confused me. It seemed to work against the previous reading, “Mindful Traveler.” A lot of its points centered around the aspects of our culture that we can bring to the cultures we visit and improve those cultures we travel to. But “Mindful Traveler” spoke about the damage we can inflict by…

My Time in Toronto (And My Way Back)

In flipping through my photos of the trip, trying to find a suitable topic, I found this picture (in much the same way we found the subject of the picture in real life) and was immediately captured by the symbolism of the mother leading the children. This picture truly encapsulates my trip. In Commerce Court…

Thinking about Traveling

I don’t really accept that I’m traveling to a place until I get there, until my feet hit the ground and I take in a breath and I can say, “Whoa, I’m not in Atlanta anymore.” As for anxiety, you’d think somebody with actual anxiety would lose their minds over traveling, but the truth is,…