Professor Emeritus Manfred Bansleben and Affiliate Assistant Professor David Canfield-Budde will take a group of 20 undergraduate students to Berlin this summer on the department’s first Exploration Seminar. Titled “Beyond the Berlin Wall,” this seminar will examine Berlin’s past as it appears in memorials, museums, and the urban landscape, using the city to discover first-hand the dynamic surrounding “national identity” and representations of a problematic past.
Students will spend four weeks exploring the German capital with a critical eye towards how the city depicts its own history, how it views its present, and how it imagines its future. German division, unification, and the Berlin Wall will be an important focus, as will be the critical questions surrounding Jewish Berlin. Students will also have time to explore the lighter side of Berlin, a city renowned for its vibrant arts and culture. The group will take excursions to Potsdam, Sachsenhausen, Dresden, and Bautzen, and there will undoubtedly be a few additional surprises in store! The students come from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds, ideal for this type of exploration, and all are excited to experience Berlin first hand.