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Experiencing The New Europe

Poland (Wrocław, Kraków, Auschwitz)
Germany (Berlin)
Czech Republic (Krkonose National Park)




Experiencing the New Europe was a 3,5-week international summer program for years 2005-2015 that combines classroom study with on-site experiential learning to explore European cultural, political and economic transformation in an urban context. Through its interactive curriculum, the program explores how large processes of geopolitical change - the aftermath of WWII, ethnic and national upheaval, the fall of Communism, democratization, European integration - play out in the local setting of a large European city. The city of Wroclaw, an academic and historical center located in the southwest region of Poland, offers a unique urban and cultural experience for students who are interested in studying European culture, history and politics. The program is coordinated by the University of Lower Silesia's International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education.

Experiencing the New Europe helps students learn about ways in which European cities and nations have dealt with the legacies and memories of 20th-century political, social and ethnic conflicts. An important element of the program will be a study trip to Berlin, where we will visit and discuss sites of memory in Germany's struggle to remember and represent the tragedy of the Holocaust, WWII and post-war division into East and West. The program will also take us to Poland's former royal city of Krakow and to the former Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz/Birkenau. Student-based ‘action research’ will constitute the base from which we will work together to understand historical conflicts and reflect upon ongoing challenges at reconciliation. An added bonus of the program is a weekend in the Krkonose Mountains National Park south of Wroclaw.