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  • Locations: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: January
  • Budget Sheets: January
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Hostel
Program Type: EC Program, J-term Program
Class Eligibility:
All, Freshman Priority
Academic Area:
All
Internships:
No
Service-Learning:
No
Program Description:
Rome-Prague-Berlin-Amsterdam
FYS 101 CITYasTEXT™ 
Tentative Dates: January 4-25, 2017
PragueAmsterdam Rome
 
EXPERIENCE THE CULTURE, ARCHITECTURE, AND HISTORY OF FOUR EUROPEAN CAPITALS!
 
Course Description: Employing a City-as-Text© pedagogy in the tradition of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), students will investigate the
Amsterdamcomplex cities of Rome, Prague, Berlin, and Amsterdam (and potentially the small town of Gorlitz) with their rich history, literature, architecture, and diverse cultures through firsthand examination of city museums, concert venues, commercial and political buildings, marketplaces, and so forth; through lectures and discussions led by both the Elmhurst College professors and guest professors; through extensive field trips throughout the cities with follow-up reflective components; and through reading, discussing, and writing about the assigned texts which focus on developing a cultural understanding of these four very different cities. 
 
Course Assignments:
Attendance and participation in pre-seminar classes and all lectures, tours,
discussions on site...................................................................................................... 30%
Journal of daily observations followed by synthesizing, analytical reflections........... 25%
Careful reading and preparation of all course readings............................................... 25%
Integrative essay......................................................................................................... 20% 

Faculty:
Ms. Susan Swords SteffenPrague
Professor and Director,
A. C. Buehler Library                                                                                                         
susanss@elmhurst.edu

Dr. Kimberly Lawler-Sagrin
Associate Professor,
Chemistry and Biochemistry
ksagarin@elmhurst.edu
 
Tentative Schedule:
1/4/17: Flight from Chicago
1/5/17: Arrive in Rome; orientation to city and public transportation
1/6/17: Group visit to the ancient Roman Forum and Coliseum; divide group into teams for city-as-text explorations into distinct districts of Rome, e.g. Veccia Roma (Old Rome), Trastevere, Tridente, Testaccio, and Monti
1/7/17: Group visit to the Capitoline Museum to view ancient Roman art: statues, floor mosaics, and wall paintings; teams rotating into different areas; discussion and reflection comparing and contrasting areas, identifying customs, gradually characterizing the city of Rome
1/8/17: Focus on nationalistic monuments like the Vittoria Emanuele II Monument; reflection and discussion on historical shifts in societal frames – from the Roman Republic and Empire to the Holy Roman Empire and the Papal States; teams rotate neighborhood explorations; meet with native resident in the evening.
1/9/17: Group visit to Vatican City: the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica; tour grounds; discuss the historical impact of the papal states era represented and its relationship to Italian culture today; teams rotate neighborhood explorations
1/10/17: Group visit to Ostia Antica, the ancient Roman port city to see where they lived, worked, and worshiped; teams rotate neighborhood explorations
1/11/17: Departure for Prague; orientation to city and public transportation
1/12/17: Explore Prague Castle district; explore how critical to understanding Czech history; discussion and reflection; meet with a member of the Prague embassy staff
1/13/17: Focus on the New City and the Old City districts; discussion and reflectionRome2
1/14/17: Visit to Lidice World War II memorial site and Josepha, the old Jewish Quarter; discussion and reflection on Nazi impact on Prague
1/15/17: Departure for Görlitz; focus on comparison of Polish and German sides of the city; discussion and reflection; meeting with U.S. Embassy public information officer (NOTE: These two days will be a side trip, if cost permits.  Otherwise, we will extend Prague by a day and extend Berlin by a day, since there are numerous other important sites in each city that merit attention.)
1/16/17: Walking tour of Görlitz; focus on small town survival strategies; discussion with local guide                       

1/17/17: Travel via Dresden to Berlin; walking tour of Dresden to note how city rebuilt after the horrible bombings of February 1945; orientation to Berlin and public transportation
1/18/17: Focus on museums and particularly the Jewish Museum; reflection and discussion
1/19/17: Focus on divided Berlin 1945-1990, particularly 1961-1990; trace site of Berlin Wall and explore the development of East Berlin since 1990;  reflection and discussion; meet with a native
1/20/17: Focus on history of Berlin and changing issues of spaces; evidence of 18th to early 20th century values; reflection and discussion
1/21/17: Departure for Amsterdam; orientation to city and public transportation
1/22/17: Focus on old city and 17th century Amsterdam and canal structure; discussion and reflection session
1/23/17: Focus on the suburbs of Amsterdam and their relationship to the city; discussion and reflection; meet with local resident
1/24/17: Focus on religion’s role in contemporary Dutch life; Tour Anne Frank Haus; final discussion and reflection about the course
1/25/17: Depart for Chicago

 


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January 2017 10/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission 01/04/2017 01/25/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.