About Art & Memory: Post-Holocaust Berlin
Berlin's historical background is a living testament to turbulent political change in a city reborn multiple times that is now an international mecca for media, culture, and politics. As the capital of Germany and an economic powerhouse, this vibrant city is a top destination in Europe. Berlin’s complex history is seen and felt in tangible ways throughout the city, and remembered in public art projects, galleries, and memorials alike.
Famous for historical landmarks such as the Reichstag and the Berlin Wall, but also for its high-tech industry sector, Berlin serves as a continental hub for a combination of a fascinating historical legacy and a trendy-urban setting.
Explore Berlin and its history while studying German visual culture in this Freshman Seminar Abroad. Spend spring break in Berlin, the vibrant cultural, political, and film capital of Germany. Learn about the complex layers of historical and cultural memory in Berlin by exploring a number of important film and visual art projects.
While in Berlin, you will visit the city's most important historical and cultural sites: the remnants of the Berlin Wall, Olympia Stadium, the Reichstag; Pergamon Museum, and public art projects that reflect on histories of trauma. You will also learn about the history of Berlin's German-Jewish culture and the legacy of the Holocaust at memorials, museums, synagogues, and exhibits. At home and abroad, you will discuss how German visual culture has been intertwined with German history and politics, and how that role has evolved over time.
Housing & Meals
You will live in shared rooms in a hotel with fellow program participants. Breakfast and welcome and farewell meals are included in the program fee. Additional meals can be eaten at your housing or at local pubs or restaurants.
While in Germany, the surroundings will become your classroom, and you will explore and experience the seminar coursework through site visits. Excursions will take place in and around Berlin and may include:
- Haus der Wannsee Konferenz;
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe;
- Jewish Museum;
- Sachsenhausen concentration camp;
- Olympia Stadium;
- Film Museum;
- Chaussee Straße cemetery;
- and public art projects throughout the city.
All program participants will be taking the coordinated group flight to and from the program site. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee that will be posted to your student account. Do not book your own flight. You will receive information from the Learning Abroad Center regarding your seat on the group flight once your participation has been confirmed.
- To socialize first year students as global professionals who understand that human interaction and culture are relevant to achieving professional goals
- Discover and connect with the University of Minnesota campus and community
- Prepare students to think critically, analyze topics, and appreciate diverse perspectives through pre-departure coursework, learning abroad and guided reflection
- Function as an effective team member by utilizing your personal strengths in a group setting
- Develop an understanding of the importance of future international and intercultural learning
Faculty & Staff
On-site support is provided by IES Abroad. IES Abroad staff will provide orientation, information regarding cultural activities, and 24-hour emergency support.
Art & Memory: Post-Holocaust Berlin is taught by Leslie Morris, Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch.
Leslie Morris is an associate professor in the department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch in the College of Liberal Arts, where her teaching and research have focused on public space and urban cultures in Germany, specifically in Berlin. In addition to holding a Ph.D. in German literature, she is fluent in the language, and has taught as a professor of German for over 25 years.
About the Learning Abroad Center
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
- Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
- Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
- Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
- Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.