DC Program Students Begin Semester With Visit to Newseum

DC Program students on the balcony of the Newseum.
DC Program students on the balcony of the Newseum.

Twelve juniors have begun the fall 2012 Program in Washington, which combines academic seminars, independent research and internships. Internships this semester include Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, Democratic National Committee, and a variety of thinks tanks, consulting firms, and non-profits.   The semester includes a co-curricular program of meetings with policymakers and excursions to take advantage of Washington’s educational and cultural assets. The program is directed this semester by Professor of Government David Paris ’71.

On Sept.6, the group visited the Newseum.  Billed as the most interactive museum in the world, the Newseum is comprised of seven levels, 14 galleries, 15 theatres and two television studios.

Hovering high above in the 90-foot atrium are a TV news helicopter and a communications satellite. Visitors can check out a giant 40-foot Berlin Wall guard tower, a bullet-riddled truck used by Time reporters and photographers during the siege of Sarajevo in 1990s, and the 9/11 exhibit featuring the twisted remnants of the huge broadcast antennae from the top of the World Trade Center.  There is a special exhibit this fall on media coverage of presidential elections.

Museum-goers can see a wall-sized map comparing press freedom from around the world and the Freedom Forum Journalists Memorial, a tribute to more than 1,800 reporters, photographers, editors and broadcasters who have died in the line of duty.  There is also an exhibit of decades of Pulitzer Prize-winning photos.

To follow the lives, work and opinions of Washington students, visit their blog, Potomac Fever .

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