By: Elena D. Corbett, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
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Quite by accident at what is still a fairly early point in my career, I have been at the helm of several study abroad opportunities for American students in Jordan. Within recent days I returned to Amman from Jerusalem having accomplished a personal first: as part of an institutional collaboration, a colleague and I had led a group of students forth and back across the river. What follows is my attempt to grapple with a truly inarticulate mess of thought and feeling about the experience.
I don’t get to Jerusalem as often as I should. The reasons are many, but revolve mainly around an overwhelming sense of absurdity that grows more cynical as years pass. Continue reading