On this mini-term, students will explore Poland, where during the Second World War, many of the main events of the Holocaust took place that continue to be central as sites of remembrance, memory, and ethnic identity. The program will be concentrated mainly in the Polish cities of Warsaw and Krakow, with additional trips to important places like Auschwitz. Students will visit museums and historical sites, as well as theaters, festivals, and restaurants to explore the local culture, culminating in the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow.
Course of Study
Visiting museums and historical sites of the Holocaust and the Second World War will help students connect to the events of the past.
The Present: At the same time, seeing first-hand how cultural attitudes and people in Europe have changed in three generations will increase students’ global awareness and cultural competency. Students will be prepared to be culturally sensitive and to represent themselves, Union, and even the US; to make personal connections with Europeans; to work alongside others for a common goal. This will include both a hands-on-experience working to help restore and preserve the history of the Holocaust in Poland, and visiting the Festival of Jewish Culture in Kraków.
Reflection: Students will be required to keep a diary of their impressions, thoughts, and ideas. The goal is introspection (increasing self-knowledge) and awareness of both human differences and human universals (increasing knowledge about the Other). After returning from Europe, but before the start of the next fall term, students will both submit an edited version of their diary and use it to write an essay on their experiences.
No experience is needed.
Students will be in shared rooms or suites that are centrally located.
(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
- January: Application deadline is the third Friday of winter term
- February: Accepted students must select "commit" or "decline" at the International Programs online application site to confirm participation
- Spring term: Orientation meetings
- Mid-June: Mini-term begins
- Early July: Program ends
For More Information
Students may contact Professor Peter Bedford
to learn more about the costs, please visit the mini-term costs page