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Germany and Austria June 2020 J-Term study tour info session TODAY


Gregory Baer

May 20, 2019

Germany and Austria share a language and a fascinating and intertwined past. Explore this rich and complicated set of histories in Berlin, Vienna, and Munich with Professors Temple Burling and Gregory Baer during J-Term 2020. To learn more about this study tour, come to our information session, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Monday, May 20 in Clausen 117.

This study tour, which counts as students’ J-Term 2020 class, even though we will travel in June 2020, will be attractive to anyone interested in Germany or Austria, but will have special appeal to students of history, politics, art, art history, music, education, IPE, English, German, or communication. No previous experience with German is needed.

If you’re unable to attend the information session or would like to request an application form or informational flyer, contact Prof. Baer at or Prof. Burling at Early applications are encouraged!

The histories of the German and Austrian people are as old as Europe’s. But the place today called Germany only appeared on maps fewer than 150 years ago, and the place now called Austria has disappeared and reappeared on maps even more recently. In the time that the United States has existed, the places we think of as Germany and Austria have been parts of multiple monarchies, two different empires, republics, and dictatorships. People who think of themselves as Germans and Austrians have won and lost wars, including wars amongst themselves. The intertwined histories of Germany and Austria have produced amazing artistic, musical, literary and scientific achievements — and mass murder. How do Germans and Austrians come to terms with and remember such a complicated past?

These are some of the questions that we will explore during J-Term in June 2020 when we travel to Berlin, Vienna, and Munich as part of the course “Representations of Germany’s Past.” This course meets the College’s HUM and CSym requirements.

We’ll visit museums, monuments, and memorials, but we’ll also talk to people in Germany and Austria to look for answers—and to ask our own questions. And we’ll make excursions to Neuschwanstein Castle in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps and to the former concentration camp at Dachau. There will also be ample free time for you to explore each of the three cities on your own—on foot and using public transportation.