As part of “The Mediterranean as a Crossroads: History, Migrations, Identities,” one of three 360° course clusters being offered this spring, students traveled to Marseille, France, during spring break. In addition to touring the area, they spent time with social workers to get a better understanding of the challenges facing modern immigrants in the region. Lecturer Agnès Peysson-Zeiss (French) and Social Worker Anne Bradley of the Civic Engagement Office, who helped frame the fieldwork and social-work related activities, traveled with the group. Haverford College Associate Professor of History Alexander Kitroeff also teaches in the 360° but did not travel with the group.
360° is a new interdisciplinary experience that engages several aspects of a topic or theme, giving students an opportunity to investigate thoroughly and thoughtfully a range of perspectives. A cohort of students takes a cluster of classes over the course of a semester, focusing on the history, economic concerns, cultural intersections and political impact of an era, decision, event, policy, or important scientific innovation. 360° participants hone their arguments and insights through writing and research, develop strategies for teamwork that push the limits of their talents and creativity, and work with professors and scholars to promote big-picture thinking. Travel associated with the 360°program is funded by Bryn Mawr College.