A number of Honors students recently spent the day at the Ringling in Sarasota. The Ringling is a combination of several museums, including the Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, the Tibbals Education Center, and Ca’ D’Zan. The Ringling is named after John Ringling of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The students visited all of the museums and even took a tour of John Ringling’s home on the gulf.
The Honors Program recently screened After Spring, a documentary film about the largest Syrian refugee camp, Zaatari, in Jordan. The filmmakers, Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching, came down for the screening. There was a Q&A after we watched the movie, during which the filmmakers provided a number of insights into the documentary filmmaking process.
Michael Harder (Political Science, Class of 2017) sent the following update on his internship at The Washington Center in Spring 2017:
The Washington Center program comprises an internship, an academic seminar, and a LEAD colloquium, all in the heart of Washington, D.C. The program has been both intellectually demanding and remarkably rewarding. My internship as an analyst with Izar Capital Group, a merchant bank located one block north of the White House, has called upon the financial and political knowledge obtained inside UT classrooms. I am also enrolled in an academic seminar titled “The Anatomy of Entrepreneurship” in which I am creating a business with other young professionals from around the world. In addition, The Washington Center has provided a large and diverse group of guest speakers and workshops in order to maximize the networking effect so prevalent in Washington, D.C. Ultimately, The Washington Center has established a bridge between academic knowledge and real-world application of such knowledge.