(From the editor, Dr. Robin Lauermann: This post is a stand-alone entry in the From the Field student blog series.  Autumn shares insights about the experience writing her department honors project for the Politics and International Relations major, for which I served as faculty advisor.  Once available, a link to the thesis on Messiah’s […]

(What is From the Field? Click here to read the intro for this latest segment to our student blog series!) When I traveled to Ecuador this Spring Break, I was not sure what to expect. How different would the social norms and customs really be? Would I be expected to act or behave in ways that I had never […]

(What is From the Field? Click here to read the intro for this latest segment to our student blog series!) Over spring break my United States and Latin American Relations course had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador as part of our studies. As with any trip, you never know just what to expect and actually being in another […]

(What is From the Field? Click here to read the intro for this latest segment to our student blog series!) Reflecting on my time in Ecuador is like reopening a favorite book or having a conversation with a friend that you haven’t seen in forever. We were only there for a week, but that time was so rich, each […]

(What is From the Field? Click here to read the intro for this latest segment to our student blog series!) I am going to be completely upfront with everyone, before this trip Ecuador wasn’t a place on my travel bucket list. I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel around the globe and see […]

  I am pleased to introduce a long-awaited segment for our student blog series, From the Field!  Why long awaited, you may ask?  The seeds for the experiences shared in these upcoming blog posts stretch back to 2018 and involved, unsurprisingly, a pandemic delay. In February 2018 I traveled to Quito Ecuador in my then role […]

(This post is the next in Readings in Reconciliation.  Click to learn more about the segment and the series, From the Field.) COVID-19 has existed for only two years, yet has already changed the world insurmountably. The novel virus has disrupted global markets, shaken political institutions, and transformed social structures. Certainly, no country will ever be quite the […]

  (This post is the next in Readings in Reconciliation.  Click to learn more about the segment and the series, From the Field.)   The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed much about the world’s current trajectory. It has also revealed the opportunity we have to ensure a bright future. But will we take it? Will we learn the lessons […]

  (This post is the next in Readings in Reconciliation.  Click to learn more about the segment and the series, From the Field.) There are many flaws in the human systems we have created. Those flaws act as indicators of when we need to diverge from normality and be intentional about what kind of change we need. Although […]

  (This post is the first of a set on Fareed Zakaria’s Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World.  Click to learn more about the segment and the series, From the Field.) As I worked with colleagues to select books for the capstone this past fall, it seemed fitting that we should include an analysis related to our global […]

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