Xavier Magazine

Applied Knowledge

The real success of education is not knowledge but applied knowledge—that is, taking what you learn and being able to apply it in the real world. Which is why five sociology students got a great education from a new class. The class was based on the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and done in collaboration with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which was hosting an exhibit called “Women Hold Up Half the Sky.” The exhibit is about how the worldwide oppression of women is one of the most pervasive human rights causes today, and how creating gender equality can help solve many of the world’s most severe problems—poverty, violence, child mortality. The students took their classroom experience and served as guides and educators at the museum.

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