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Latest 2018 Freedom On The River ECS Posts

March 23, 2018

Freedom on the River | River Madness

Over the period of our Experience Centered Seminars, there have been many experiential and educational steps taken to get to canoeing down the Mississippi River. On the river, we used the water as a highway to get from camp to camp along the sandy banks of the big muddy river. This wild body of water took its own path, swallowing up much of the dry ground and sandbars. This state of the river’s flooding pushed us to paddle hard and far to find dry land suitable for a camp each night. This wild...
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March 15, 2018

Freedom on the River | Freedom and "Unfreedom"

The theme of freedom, or rather “unfreedom,” was taught when we visited Slave Haven and the Civil Rights Museum. Slave Haven reminded all of us how truly horrendous the lives of slaves were. One insight that we gained through the African section was the realization that Africans forced into the Transatlantic Slave Trade weren’t sitting in their countries living their simple lives waiting for white people to come teach them the rights and wrongs of the Western World. Instead, they were kings,...
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March 15, 2018

Freedom on the River | Service and Soul on the River

Students started Tuesday, March 12, volunteering their time for Shelby Farms Park. They worked hard, picking up trash around the area and clearing out the invasive species, kudzu. Students received thanks from the volunteer organization as well as many people using the park. This sparked a discussion on how a service project relates to the theme of “Freedom on the River.” Students made observations about how donating our time helped many of those who use the park every day. In addition, it...
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March 14, 2018

Freedom on the River | On Twitter

Are you following the Freedom on the River ECS on Twitter? Head over to Twitter (@CSSBigMuddy2018) to enjoy some BBQ and Blues videos of students at BB King’s Club. Keep scrolling to take in all the highlights of their seminar.  
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March 11, 2018

Freedom on the River | Paddle, Bike, and Explore

During our time in St. Louis, we experienced many different activities related to freedom. We paddled the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, learned about the remains of the Cahokia Mounds, biked a 28-mile stretch of the Katy Trail, explored the French town of St. Charles, Missouri, and visited the Gateway Arch. Paddling the confluence was our introduction to life on the river; it helped us better understand the connection it creates between cities and between diverse...
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March 06, 2018

Freedom on the River | Hannibal

March 6 - March 8, 2018 To us, being able to experience an overnight train ride as our first method of transportation on this trip really meant a lot. While it may not have been a steam engine as he would have experienced, Mark Twain was still probably familiar with the same basics of train travel as we experienced. The uncomfortable seats were lightened by fantastic views, and the lulling of the train and the rhythmic clacking of the rails helped put us to sleep despite the uncomfortable...
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February 15, 2018

Freedom on the River | Course Description

Freedom on the River Essential Question: How has the Mississippi River influenced the freedom of American literature,history, society, economics, and art? The Mississippi River… just the name may conjure up some images in your mind: muddy waters, shiftingcourses, old-fashioned steamboats, and a steersman hollering, “Mark Twain!” across the wide waters. Aromantic image of idyllic childhood explorations may remind you of a reading of The Adventures of TomSawyer or perhaps you’ve visited one...
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March 15, 2018

Freedom on the River | Freedom and "Unfreedom"

The theme of freedom, or rather “unfreedom,” was taught when we visited Slave Haven and the Civil Rights Museum. Slave Haven reminded all of us how truly horrendous the lives of slaves were. One insight that we gained through the African section was the realization that Africans forced into the...
» read more
Kudzu is no match for Kodiaks! March 15, 2018

Freedom on the River | Service and Soul on the River

Students started Tuesday, March 12, volunteering their time for Shelby Farms Park. They worked hard, picking up trash around the area and clearing out the invasive species, kudzu. Students received thanks from the volunteer organization as well as many people using the park. This sparked a...
» read more
Follow Freedom on Twitter March 14, 2018

Freedom on the River | On Twitter

Are you following the Freedom on the River ECS on Twitter? Head over to Twitter (@CSSBigMuddy2018) to enjoy some BBQ and Blues videos of students at BB King’s Club. Keep scrolling to take in all the highlights of their seminar.  
» read more
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