We kick things off with a fall trip to stunning Northern Michigan. Under crisp autumn skies, we shuffle through leaves on long walks in the woods and gather apples for fresh cider.
Later in the year, we turn things up a notch with intensive and invigorating international news tours that are equal parts education and entertainment.
We visit two South American capitals, Buenos Aires and São Paulo. Our hosts from Clarín, Argentina’s largest newspaper, and Brazil’s biggest daily, Folha de São Paulo, organize seminars with influential politicians, historians, journalists and cultural experts. Fellows also have time to sample each country’s distinctive cuisine, go horseback riding through the Argentinean Pampas and dance in an authentic Escola de Samba.
Winter trips have included travel to Istanbul to explore the city that straddles Europe and Asia and examine the geopolitical importance of Turkey. Fellows met Abdullah Gül, then foreign minister, and Hrant Dink, slain editor of Argos. We cheered for the National Premier League’s Fenerbahce soccer team and visited a typical Turkish Hammam.
Other winter term trips took us to Moscow for an immersion in the new Russia, hosted by the country’s independent opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Among the highlights of these trips were meetings with the Soviet Union’s last leader and Nobel laureate Mikhail Gorbachev, newspaper owner Alexander Lebedev and Galina Vishnevskaya, opera legend and widow of Mstislav Rostropovich.