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November 22, 2019

Tranquility

Amelia Ahring, University of Copenhagen

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Greetings! Amelia at the helm

The day we had today was unlike any other. With an early wakeup to chocolate chip pancakes (Ashley and Kylie, our beloved stewards, are the best <3), still being anchored in the Bay of Islands, we prepared to make the trip to Urupukapuka by 0900.

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November 21, 2019

Land Ho!

Natalie Greenbaum, UMass, Amherst

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Hello land lubbers! Natalie from C Watch here. Today has been quite an eventful day. After a rocky night filled with many gybes, I awoke to my 0620 wake up call for breakfast. After some delightful breakfast burritos, I began my morning watch (0700-1300).

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November 20, 2019

All Smiles

June Eikeland, Boston University

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Hello there blog readers, wish you were all here sharing this experience with us. We’ve had an incredible day! Last night my fellow C watchers and I were on deck from 18:00 (7pm) until 01:00 (1am).

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November 19, 2019

UFOs and Dolphins

Naomi Solorio, Lawrence University

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My day started out fairly normal with a wakeup at 12:30 am to start our watch at 1 am. I got up, put on my foul weather gear along with my harness, ate some cookies from the hutch, and headed up for our usual deck walk before relieving the previous watch group.

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November 18, 2019

Sails Up, Engines Off!

Derek Fischer, University of Connecticut, Avery Point

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November 15, 2019

Day #1 Aboard

Sarah Strand, Sewanee: University of the South

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Hey everyone, Sarah Banks here.

We’re finally aboard the Robert C. Seamans, wahoOo!

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November 11, 2019

S-289: Climate & Society

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Students of Class S-289, Climate & Society, board the SSV Robert C. Seamans in Auckland, New Zealand on Nov. 14th after a one-week second shore component on New Zealand’s South Island.  The voyage ends in Auckland on Dec. 15th after port stops in the Bay of Islands, Napier, and Great Barrier Island.

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November 06, 2019

Haere Mai, Class S-289!

Jeff Wescott, Professor, Climate & Society

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Students and faculty arrived safely in New Zealand today, surprisingly energetic considering the long hours across the Pacific Ocean.

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September 17, 2018

Dr. Jeff Wescott explores new approaches to climate issues

SEA Semester

In the fall of 2019, SEA Semester will launch a new program called Climate and Society in New Zealand. According to the course description, this new semester “takes a human-centered approach to climate change informed by the humanities and social sciences, and explores possibilities found within social and political institutions, economic markets, cultural practices, and the creative forces of art, literature, and design.”  Dr. Jeff Wescott, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, explains…

Q: Why was there a need for this program?

A: Recently, we met with faculty from several of our sending institutions to discuss new directions for SEA program offerings. They described the broad interest in climate change across social sciences and humanities majors. We already have an excellent SEA Semester program with a climate change focus, called Oceans and Climate. But that program is geared toward science majors. Our discussions with external advisors, and our own internal deliberations, led us to develop a new program that appeals to non-science majors.

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