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Learn about the J-Term study tour: Memory, Monuments, and Museums: Material Culture and the Creation of the Past in Germany during an information session at 9 p.m. Monday, April 11.

Brandburg Gate in Germany

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Germany’s history is as old as Europe’s, but the place called Germany only appeared on maps fewer than 150 years ago. In the time that the United States has existed, the places we think of as Germany have been parts of multiple monarchies, two different empires, republics, and dictatorships. People who think of themselves as Germans have won and lost wars, including wars amongst themselves. Germans are responsible for amazing cultural and scientific achievements and for mass murder. How do Germans come to terms with and remember such a complicated past?

These are some of the questions that we will explore during J-Term 2023, when we travel to Berlin, Dresden, and Munich as part of the course: Memory, Monuments, and Museums: Material Culture and the Creation of the Past in Germany. The instructors are Professor Temple Burling and Professor Greg Baer. This course meets the College’s HUM requirement. No previous experience with German is needed.

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

Learn more about the study tour

Contact Prof. Baer ( or Prof. Burling ( in advance of these meetings to request an application form and an informational flyer via email. Early applications are encouraged!

Sponsoring Department, Office, or Organization:

Modern Languages Department

For more information, contact:

Greg Baer: