Nineteen students and staff converged on Wheaton College campus this week for the start of SILCS 2010. Everyone arrived on Saturday, May 30, to some gorgeous weather on campus.
Sunday morning dawned bright and early with a trip to Project Adventure in Beverly, MA. This was a first for everyone, staff included. Project Adventure uses a number of outdoor activities to help encourage teamwork and let everyone get to know each other, and gave everyone a day to relax and have fun before their coursework began.
One of the activities included a 50 foot high log suspended between two trees. After donning harnesses, everyone got a chance to climb the trees and walk across the log at the top, then get lowered down by rope. From the top, it looked a lot higher than it had seemed…
Monday morning was the first day of classes, despite the holiday. Dr. Robyn Warhol-Down of The Ohio State University joined SILCS once again as the instructor. On Tuesday, Dr. Dagmawi Woubshet of Cornell University gave a lecture to the students on his research.
This afternoon, the students enjoyed a lovely lunch with Wheaton College President Ronald Crutcher and his wife, Dr. Betty Neal Crutcher. This evening, Dr. Keith Gilyard of Pennsylvania State University will be joining us to discuss his own work, and tomorrow the students will be visiting the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard College. Keep watching this space for more updates!