A group photo outside Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.
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Learn more about the J-Term 2023 study tour — Memory, Monuments, and Museums: Material Culture and the Creation of the Past in Germany — during a virtual information session at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12.

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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. And we’ll make excursions to Neuschwanstein Castle in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, to the former concentration camp at Dachau and 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.

You can also contact Prof. Baer (gbaer@carthage.edu) or Prof Burling (tburling@carthage.edu) to request an application form and an informational flyer via email.

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Sponsoring Department, Office, or Organization:

Modern Languages Department

For more information, contact:

Greg Baer: gbaer@carthage.edu