Thursday, October 20, 2011

Reflection form Oct. 20 2011

Today was an interesting day in my native city of Chicago. We observed a lot of different aspects of culture, but the part that stuck out the most to me was the Hellenic Museum. It wasn't necessarily the content that I received, but the fact that our school got a chance to witness the beginning of a historical site for the Greek Community. The history that was provided to us about the culture was all intriguing because of the fact that our speaker was a native of Greece. I could most definitely identify with the oppression that the Greek neighborhood experienced in the 1800's because of the fact that many marginalized communities go through this vicious cycle. People are not necessarily invited into a community, but because of the opportunities available, they deal with the downside of being considered an outsider. Once established the Greek community stood strong while holding on to their cultural identity, with a the help of humanitarians like Jane Adams. This is exactly how their culture still survives today and they have become influential and respected persons. I can't wait to see what new experiences tomorrow brings!

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