Freshman Honors Seminar travels to Washington D.C.

Freshman Honors Seminar travels to Washington D.C.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 6:00pm
Freshman Honors Seminar students traveled to Washington D.C.
Freshman Honors Seminar students traveled to Washington D.C.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications Freedom of Expression Freshman Honors Seminar students traveled to Washington D.C. during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Seventeen honors students who took the Freedom Expression Freshman Honors Seminar during the Fall 2015 semester were given the opportunity to take the trip to Washington D.C. January 14-18.

“This trip is an opportunity to reinforce what the students learn in class as well as a reward,” professor of journalism John Bender said. “We had a really good group. I think we had a lot of fun, and people seemed to enjoy it.”

The class was started by former Associate Dean and professor emeritus Charlyne Berens about 15 years ago, and Bender has been teaching it for two years. Bender and professor of broadcasting Laurie Thomas Lee accompanied the students.

While in the nation’s capital, the group visited the three branches of the United States government: the White House, Supreme Court and Congress. They also visited the Newseum, the Holocaust Museum and Ford’s Theatre, the site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

The students were also given time to venture out on their own. Many chose to visit the National Archives and the Smithsonian Institution’s museums.

This trip is made possible by the generous support of the Peter Kiewit Foundation and the UNL Honors Program.