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Summer 2019

The Curriculum Issue With the start of the 2018–19 academic year, Knox debuted its first curricular changes since 2002. Get an overview of what’s new, what’s different, and what it means for the next generation of Knox students.

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A Whale Comes to Knox


It’s not often that students at a prairie college have the opportunity to work with the skeleton of the second-largest marine mammal. Under Professor Nick Gidmark’s guidance, they’re creating a museum-quality display.

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Beyond the Books: “Real-World” Lessons in Spanish

Open Door

Inside front cover

2 East South Street

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The South Lawn

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Knox Writes

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Class Knox

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Parting Shot

Inside back cover

The new curriculum’s increased focus on experiential learning is changing the way students learn in every discipline. For Spanish students, that means taking on challenging work assignments serving native speakers of the language.

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The Jerusalem Question(s) The status of Jerusalem is one of the Middle East’s longest-running disputes. Last winter, a group of Knox students traveled to Israel to hear both sides of the story and see the places so many have fought and died over.

On the cover: Students maneuver the lower jaw of a 55-foot fin whale down the staircase to the basement biology lab of the Sharvy G. Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center. Photo by Peter Bailley ’74

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Editors Pam Chozen Cheri Siebken

Contributors, Writing & photography

Special thanks to Lori Reed, Jennifer Gallas, and Megan Clayton.

Peter Bailley ’74

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