Sharing the Global Search for Justice experience
Helping students with lunch preparation at a girl's ashram in Northern India were St. Kate's students Jenn Welna and Anh Nguyen.

Sharing the Global Search for Justice experience

St. Catherine University Professors Bill McDonough (Theology) and David Schmit (Psychology) led a Global Search for Justice study abroad program in northern India for three weeks. McDonough shared photos of their experience.

The GSJ study abroad course led by McDonough and Schmit addressed "spiritual voices of dissent from India," and focused especially on the lives and legacies of Mahatma Gandhi, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

The course took place at three sites in northern India: New Delhi, Dharamsala, the home of the Tibetan Buddhist community in exile, and the Lakshmi Ashram, a Gandhian ashram for girls' education in Kausani.

Global Search for Justice is the senior capstone course in the St. Kate's core curriculum and focuses students on taking their academic knowledge out into the world and courses address different facets of social justice: community and change, dismanteling racism, environmental justice, the immigrant experience, voices of dissent, women's health issues and women and work.

Below: Beginning in New Delhi, the students visited the Mother Teresa Orphanage run by the Missionaries of Charity. Pictured here are Lucy Hewitt and Kassie Sanchez.

Below: Student Anh Nguyen "collapses" in the hotel lobby after a twelve-hour bus ride from New Delhi to Dharamsala.

Below: While in Dharamsala, Tracey Smith has her copy of The Voice the Remembers: The Heroic Story of a Woman's Fight to Free Tibet signed by the author, Ama Adhe, a woman imprisoned by the Chinese for 27 years, and who is now living in the Tibetan community-in-exile in Dharamsala, India.

Below: Laura Mathees, Lucy Hewitt, Molly Bradac, and Kassie Sanchez teach "Head shoulders, knees..." to the girls of Lakshmi Ashram, a Gandhi-inspired school for village girls run by women in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains near India's border with Nepal.

The capstone of the College of St. Catherine's core curriculum, "Global Search for Justice" courses challenge students in their senior year to apply their critical thinking and analytical skills to issues of justice throughout the world.

By Julie Michener
March 2, 2009

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