Dr. Ihab Anwar continues to reminisce on last year’s incredible Semester at Sea adventure, one that gave both Anwar and hundreds of his fellow students the opportunity to receive a high-quality education in a unique, hands-on and truly experiential setting. A cruise that takes over three months time, the Institute for Shipboard Education’s Semester at Sea program gives young scholars the chance to experience something truly special; an educational opportunity that encompasses direct contact and experience with cultures, countries and ports that have such important historical value.
Ihab Anwar was selected to participate in the 2014 Fall Semester at Sea program, which set sail from Southampton, England aboard the MV Explorer cruise ship in early September. Dr. Ihab Anwar, along with just over 100 of his fellow young scholars, enjoyed the chance to visit and explore 17 different port cities along the coast of Europe, the Caribbean and the United States, completing their educational adventure last December in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The trip, however, wasn’t merely an extended seagoing jaunt, as every student, including Ihab Anwar, was required to undergo and complete a significant amount of classwork throughout the voyage. One the elective courses Anwar chose to study during the voyage was Trans-Atlantic Film, a course created around the idea that films, cinema, have the capability to reflect far more than Western ideology and theme; that the art of film can also be used to truly reflect the diverse tapestry of culture and experience from around the world. One film, Anwar notes, provided the class a highly-detailed look into the impact of inter-African warfare.