WILMINGTON — Wilmington College’s hallmark for hands-on learning opportunities will take on global proportions next week.
Three students are presenting an exhibit they created for WC’s Peace Resource Center, “The Voyage of the Phoenix,” at the International Network of Museums for Peace Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland April 10-13.
Dr. Tanya Maus, director of WC’s Peace Resource Center, is taking senior Maraya Wahl and sophomores Ellyse Herr and Jessica Fair to the conference, where the students will discuss the hands-on learning opportunity they had in producing the exhibit. It generated such acclaim the Dayton International Peace Museum featured their work last fall.
“The students will be gaining valuable skills by presenting to an international audience about work they did at the Peace Resource Center,” said Maus, who will present in Belfast on the 1964 World Peace Study Mission conducted during the height of the Cold War by the PRC’s founding director, Barbara Reynolds.
The students’ exhibit focuses on the 1958 peaceful protest by the Reynolds family sailing into the Pacific nuclear testing zone to protest the use of nuclear weapons and the dangers of radiation on persons and the environment. It features original artifacts, photographs and manuscripts from the trip.
“Their central focus of their presentation is the hands-on learning application for students at Wilmington College,” Maus added. “It’s our goal to bring students into our projects and allow them to take ownership. It’s really interesting watching students grow, as they have with their work at the Center.”
The group’s expenses are being covered by a special travel fund established through the estate of Dr. Lewis Marcuson, a longtime professor of English and theatre.