Teagan Dillon | December 31, 2017
Break can act as a time for restoration after a week of midterm exams. Or it can be a time to pursue learning opportunities outside the classroom.
For some Arts and Letters students, the week free of classes is the perfect chance to dive into their senior thesis research. For others, it’s a chance to travel to attend a film festival in Chicago or a museum in Washington, D.C.
“That’s why I’m in the College of Arts and Letters — I’m very interested in the humanities,” said Jahlecia Gregory, a sophomore Africana studies major who visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture during break. “This trip has inspired me to find other ways that I can learn about different subjects that aren’t exactly in my major, but that I’m still really curious about.”
Exploring African American history
Gregory and a group of 10 other students and seven faculty from the Department of Africana Studies gained a rare perspective during their visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
Since the Smithsonian Institution museum opened late last year, tickets are in high demand. Thanks to funding from the Welters family, who run the AnBryce Foundation, the group made the trip to the nation’s capital and got to spend two days in the museum. The group also received a private tour from a Notre Dame Law School alumna, Denise Frayne, beginning one hour before the museum was open to the public.