Welcome to the Odcast, Tales of Teaching and Hands-on Learning at Hendrix College. In this series, faculty members share how they developed engaged learning opportunities for students with the support of the Hendrix Odyssey Program and the Odyssey Professorship program.
“Crossing my fingers and going out into the middle of the desert and hoping it worked out”
Rachel Elmakiss ’20 originally planned to research the importance of coffee to hospitality in Bedouin society and culture in Israel, but her project became more broad than that—and more personally challenging.
“In this environment everyone was freely sharing resources, freely sharing networks. And that’s really rare.”
A chance encounter with the writings of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus sparked an extensive research project for Tristan Norman ’20, a Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation major. It ended up taking him all the way to Thailand for an international social enterprise summit.
“There are so many things that are happening at once in this topic, in London, in the world...”
The social consequences of our economic systems are visible in every facet of life. Mackenzie Gearin ’20 examined the unique and circular interactions between culture and business in London’s diasporic fashion scene.
“A lot of these people just wanted to share their story, and be seen, and know someone cared.”
Religious Studies Senior Grace Rogers spent a weekend in Little Rock homeless shelters and left with a new set of convictions
“They use them to advertise: Anything with water would have Poseidon in it.”
Andrea Stitt ’21 took an immersive trip to Greece that synthesized modern culture and old history—with a few language barriers and bumps along the way.
“It’s not the most pleasant sensation to get hit with a flipper”
During his six-week Odyssey trip to South Africa, Keane Sammons ’22 helped care for penguins at a SANCCOB facility. In the process, he learned a lot about working with wild animals as a potential career and found community with researchers and volunteers from around the world.