Check back often to find out what Great Works students are up to...
Shanghai 2010 - a collection of images and student impressions of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo.
Blogaria 09 - Read about the experiences of students traveling to Bulgaria during the summer-fall break.
Inauguration 2009 - 18 Great Works students went to Washington, DC to take part in the events surrounding the inauguration of President-Elect Obama. Find out more through their blogged experiences.
The Symposium is the perfect class for anyone because you get what you put into the class. In a mere 10 weeks, you make connections with tons of distinguished speakers and have the chance to learn endless amounts of information. The best part of the class is that you aren't stuck reading a textbook all day because the symposium professors takes the best speakers, professors, businessmen, writers, etc. of their field and brings them right to your classroom.
The GWS attracted me because it takes big real world issues like evolution, the European union, civil rights, or democracy and the media and dissects them into different elements. Unlike any other course it attracts students, faculty and guest lecturers from multiple disciplines to address the same questions. The GWS will get you out of your academic bubble and make you look at the topic in ways you never imagined.
I took my first Great Works Symposium, "Epidemic!: Disease Shaping History and Society," because I wanted to take a course that would be interesting and challenging and that wasn't focused just on my major field, physics. I was more than satisfied on all accounts. In the "Epidemic!" course we rigorously examined an issue that I had previously known little about, from several very different viewpoints that included the historical, media-based, and political. As a result I not only discovered I had a deep personal interest in public service, but I also learned the necessity of seeking out different perspectives to developing competence in any subject. The Great Works Symposium became my main avenue for cultural investigations while I was at Drexel, and I sat in on or took three courses after my first experience.