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Oh, the Strange Things We Buy

By Julia Wolf It’s not a secret that shopping is not my favorite pastime. Since we were going to look around in souvenir shops anyway, I decided to take pictures of some of the strangest things I saw. Advertisements

It all Comes Together

It all Comes Together

By Julia Wolf The time has come to depart from Washington DC. As I sit here in the airport and write this, I can’t help but reflect on the final day of our trip. The inauguration was the largest mass of organized chaos I have ever seen. And while many of the people who attended … Continue reading

Budget Battle

Budget Battle

By Julia Wolf Nothing quite challenges the idea of civil political discourse as much as putting 25 students with diverse ideologies in a circle to discuss policy. Add in a challenge to reduce the deficit and you are setting yourself up for a lot of debate, and some free entertainment. That was exactly how we … Continue reading

Challenges Run Deep for Journalists

Challenges Run Deep for Journalists

By Julia Wolf Today was a taste of heaven for the journalism students. The entire class got to visit with staff from The Atlantic, and the News/Internet majors got to make a stop at The Washington Post. I really enjoyed meeting with the Drake alums and their coworkers from those two organizations. Everybody was more … Continue reading

Unity and Diversity

Unity and Diversity

By Julia Wolf Today is Martin Luther King Jr. day. Many people across the city took the time to volunteer in honor of King’s memory. Leading the volunteer effort in our area was City Year, an AmeriCorps group. Two things about the day really stuck out to me. The first was the sheer number of … Continue reading

Political Divisions

Political Divisions

By Julia Wolf Ok. Fine. Our political scene right now is divisive. Some have said the 2016 election was the most divisive one yet. While it is tempting to agree with that statement, I think 2016 has some pretty steep competition. Today ten of us visited Ford’s Theatre, the theatre where President Abraham Lincoln was … Continue reading

Beyond the Farm

By Julia Wolf The farm girl in me got to geek out today just as much as the political science student in me got to today. The class visited the United States Department of Agriculture to talk to Lanon Baccam, a Deputy Under Secretary and 2011 Drake grad today.

Unity Beyond Race

Unity Beyond Race

By Julia Wolf Wednesday’s morning session was about a subject that many Americans struggle to talk about: race. Michael Eric Dyson and Greg Carr both spoke extensively about race in American politics. While I did not completely agree with everything they had to say, they did point out some things I think would be beneficial to include … Continue reading

Coalition Building

Coalition Building

By Julia Wolf While Monday’s morning session focused on the need for people to talk to others with differing political views to gain more understanding and tolerance, today’s session featured a speaker and a two-person panel discussion to give a postmortem on the election. Doctor Julia Azari, who teaches at Marquette University, talked about the … Continue reading

Let’s dive into D.C.

By Julia Wolf My main goal for the time I spend in Washington D.C. is to get a clear understanding of what living and working in D.C. is like. I am also looking forward to the speaker series we will listen to at The Washington Center. I am excited to have the opportunity to experience … Continue reading