Academics

Away Trips

A World Awaits You!

Emma offers many opportunities to take your learning further by traveling with one of our short-term, faculty-led AWAY Programs.

These transformative, perspective-changing experiences allow you to gain awareness and understanding of issues and opportunities beyond a normal radius of operation to develop the confidence and skill set necessary to take action to serve and shape your world.

Program Information

Current students and parents may view program flyers by logging into MyEmma. Instructions for applying will be found on MyEmma when they become available. After logging in, select "Resources" and then click on the "AWAY Programs" resource tile.

Questions? Contact Gemma Halfi (ghalfi@emmawillard.org).

2021-22 Travel Programs

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  • CRISPR and the Future of Biotech: Boston, MA

    Saturday, March 12-Saturday, March 19

    Gene editing tools like CRISPR/Cas9 are rapidly advancing the potential of technology to change living organisms. This program will allow participants to dive into the forefront of debates on the ethical limits of these technologies. Students learn about the rich history and modern context of innovation in healthcare and technology by engaging directly with researchers from university and for-profit research centers.
  • Black & Blues: Jazz, Blues, and the Politics of Race: Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee

    Saturday, March 12-Saturday, March 19

    Blues and Jazz are touted as America's original art form, yet their dark origins are often overlooked. Participants travel south through the Mississippi Delta to learn about the history of these musical genres, focusing on their complicated racial past rooted in slavery and segregation.
  • Two Solitudes: Cultural Identity in Quebec: Quebec City & Montreal, Canada

    Sunday, March 20 - Sunday, March 27

    For hundreds of years, francophone Canada has resisted cultural assimilation, and certain factions fight for Quebecois independence to this day. Participants will explore how language relates to cultural identity and evolves along with it in this immersion into Quebecois daily life. Knowledge of the French language is not required for this trip, although there are some elements that can be tailored to those interested in exploring and practicing French. 
  • This Land is (Y)our Land: Exploring Public Lands in the American West: California

    Sunday, March 20 - Sunday, March 27

    The US Federal Government owns 30% of the land in the United States. How is this land used? What are the indigenous histories of this land? Who has access to this land today? In this program, participants explore issues of water rights, drilling, river conservation, drought, native lands, and recreation through immersion in some of the US's most spectacular public lands such as Joshua Tree, Death Valley National Park, and Yosemite.

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