Posted by Riley L. Fink

The Time Has Come

The Time Has Come

By Riley Fink Well, it finally happened. The event that many thought would never occur finally did. Donald John Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. From the second his candidacy was announced, most treated him as a joke. Donald Trump winning the presidency? Never. Even watching the inauguration in person … Continue reading

A Distraught District

A Distraught District

By Riley Fink Despite being the seat of the United States federal government and the nation’s capital, citizens of Washington, D.C. enjoy relatively few of the liberties promised to citizens of neighboring states. As the U.S. is meant to be, at its core, a representative democracy, the fact that citizens living in the home base … Continue reading

The Times They Are A-Changin’

The Times They Are A-Changin’

By Riley Fink Throughout the course of listening to our many speakers and visiting sites today, a common underlying theme seemed to connect all of them. Time always moves forward, but the experiences we heard of on this day all expressed the need to adapt to what the future brings. Coincidentally, most of the change … Continue reading

Painting a Picture

Painting a Picture

By Riley Fink Visiting the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery today, it was great to see a mix of famous figures from all sectors of culture collide in works of art. The top level of the building showcased a number of works of famous comedians and entertainers, in an arrangement entitled “Bravo!” Portraits and busts of … Continue reading

Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

By Riley Fink Today I visited the Smithsonian museums. While I would have loved to experience all of them, the one I focused on was the National Museum of American History. Walking around outside on the National Mall, you can see several of the Smithsonian’s buildings from one spot. My favorite from a purely visual … Continue reading

Beneficial Benedict

Beneficial Benedict

By Riley Fink This morning our group went out to eat brunch, a necessary component of every D.C. native’s lifestyle. After taking the metro, we arrived at Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, located in the area of Dupont Circle. This location is known for its strong connection to the LGBT community. Continue reading

More Than Special

More Than Special

By Riley Fink Our visit to the Special Olympics was certainly an enlightening experience. We met with Bryan Klopack, a Drake alum (of course), who joined us in a board room lined with photos and trophies. Among the framed pictures was one of President Kennedy meeting with the first documented person in the White House … Continue reading

Sheltering the House

Sheltering the House

By Riley Fink Today, our group visited the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Walking through this allowed me to appreciate, of course, the magnificent and fanciful architecture. However, it also put in to perspective the incredible amount of work and Continue reading

A Course on Discourse

A Course on Discourse

By Riley Fink As previously mentioned on this blog, this morning we got the chance to listen to a presentation by writer and film producer Julie Winokur at the Washington Center. Playing for us a documentary she produced entitled “Bring It to the Table,” the topic of dealing with political discourse was brought to our … Continue reading

Expecting Expectations

By Riley Fink The prospect of merely being in the nation’s capital at such a historic time is exciting. Coupled with all the activities we get to partake in, I hope to gain a lot of firsthand insight from this trip that could not otherwise be gotten in a typical classroom. Much of what I … Continue reading