Germany: Berlin - A Cultural Extravaganza

Germany: Language, Meaning, and Culture in Berlin


June 11- June 29  

Program Description

Information Session
Info sessions for this program:

Tuesday, Sept. 19
HGH 255

Thursday, Sept. 28
HGH 255

Wednesday, Oct. 4
MLK 255

Wednesday, Oct. 11
HGH 255

Thursday, Oct. 26
HGH 255

Monday, Nov. 6
HGH 255

Wednesday, Nov. 29
Online via Zoom
(email for invitation)

For general FLP sessions, see the Resources page.

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Rock star David Bowie called Berlin "the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine." One of Europe's most cutting-edge cities, Berlin has something for every taste and budget. Hundreds of historical sites, world-class art and architecture, beautiful parks and lakes, excellent international cuisine, and a fascinating youth culture are just some of the things you will enjoy in this amazing city.

Our three-week course will have a dual focus. In the first part of the course, you will learn about the concept of "cultural memory," and how it is playing out in our society today. Together we will look back in time at key moments connected with WWII and the Cold War. We will visit famous sites (and sights) across the city to examine how contemporary Berlin is coming to terms with its dark historical past through its many memorials.

In the second part of our course, we will look ahead to Berlin's bright future in the realm of sustainability and green culture. Together we will explore vibrant sites across Berlin where locals are successfully engaging in "green living." You'll discover unique spots like neighborhood gardens, green design centers, repurposed parks, and even eateries offering "green cuisine."

Using their extensive firsthand knowledge of the city, your course instructors (Dr. Tabitha Hart and Professor Bettina Brockmann) will show you some of the best that Berlin has to offer.

All course participants will stay in comfortable hotel accommodations in central Berlin, within walking distance of our study center and many of Berlin's famous sights. Out-of-class fieldwork and excursions will provide ample opportunities to discover this wonderful city. All field trips and activities are included in the course fees. Highlights from previous years have included:

  • Walking tour with one of Berlin's best guides (Preston Meyer of Brewer's Berlin Tours)
  • The Jewish Museum
  • Guided tour of the Berlin Wall
  • The Reichstag
  • Memorial of German Resistance
  • Graffiti & street art tour
  • Brewery visit
  • Exchanges with local university students
  • Princess Garden
  • Tempelhof Field
  • Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Vegan cooking class


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