Washington, DC 2019
Washington, DC is a city of dramatic contrasts. Staggeringly powerful decision makers
work within sight of communities struggling with deep and entrenched poverty. It is
a city to be discovered and enjoyed: rich in culture and entertainment. It is a city
that bears the markers of long histories of racial segregation and economic inequality.
DC is a city where economic development is remaking the urban fabric in ways that
benefit those who can afford to live and play in newly hip spaces, but marginalize
and displace those who cannot.
During these three weeks, we will have fun exploring the city together and trying
to understand how all of this fits together. We will encounter and describe the contrasts
that shape the city. We will consider why neighborhoods differ—why some communities
thrive and others struggle—and what their contrasting experiences can teach us about
the spatial, racial, and economic forces shaping inequality, in DC and in our communities
back home. We will visit people and organizations working to improve the conditions
in communities marginalized from the centers of power. And we will taste, see, and
discover the history and cultural richness that DC has to offer.
Students will live in the WCSC facility and will cook meals together there. Projects
and activities will include: volunteering with a local nonprofit organization, neighborhood
case studies, mapping the city, and visiting a variety of organizations and cultural
Seminar Leader: Ryan Good, Washington Community Scholars' Center
Dates: May 6 – 24, 2019
Estimated Cost: $2,550
CCSSC 201 Cross-Cultural Social Science: Washington DC 3 SH