by Sarah Glassford
Before taking this course I thought that humanitarianism was just
a nice way of asking for money. You donate and someone tries
to solve a problem. But through the readings and the emergency
relief assignment/exercise it has become clear that the job is less
straightforward than that. – Haley K.
Those of us who research and write in the area of humanitarian history are well aware of the complexities of aid, both on the giving and receiving ends of the equation. But when we have a chance to teach that history, what preconceptions do our students bring to the classroom, and what do they take away with them at the end of the course?