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Race and the City in Berlin



Nancy Kwak 

Prof. Tom GallantNancy Kwak is interested in the evolution of cities and urban spaces in the twentieth century, with a particular focus on the role of planners, architects, and policymakers in reshaping neighborhoods and communities. While trained specifically in US urban history, Prof. Kwak currently pursues transnational, international, and comparative approaches to American urban history.

Dates Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 29, 2019
Arrival: Sun., June 30, 2019
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 1, 2019
First Day of Class: Mon., July 1, 2019
Last Day of Class: Fri., August 2, 2019
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 3, 2019

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • We strongly encourage you to take a flight that arrives at Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) during daylight hours on Sunday, June 30, in order to take advantage of airport pick up. There will be two airport pick up times, one in the late morning, and one in the late afternoon. It is always preferable to arrive early in the day to allow flexibility for travel delays.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like to book flights with other students on this program or take advantage of the airfare deposit program.
Info Sessions

Why You Should Go

Few other cities on the globe offer such a rich and multi-layered past as Berlin. We will explore late 19th and 20th century history through extensive visits to Berlin's many museums and historical sites. We will get to experience Berlin's many diverse neighborhoods and local cultures. Berlin also has an extremely lively cultural scene with (English language) movie theaters, open-air concerts, art galleries, and theaters.

As a truly global city, you can get excellent Thai or Indian food in Berlin as well as such signature German dishes as the famous "curry sausage." Or you can do your class readings in one of the numerous sidewalk cafes while sipping a cappuccino and enjoying the lively urban scene.

The seminar does not require any previous knowledge of German or European history. All you need is a basic curiosity regarding the major developments that shaped the modern world as well as a willingness to immerse yourself in the life and culture of one of the great capital cities of the 20th Century.

Who Should Go

Eleanor Roosevelt College students can fulfill their MMW 15 GE requirement, and regional specialization if their region is Europe. 

Warren College students can fulfill 1 Program of Concentration requirement or 1 Area Studies requirement or 1 Upper-Division Non-Contiguous requirement (refer to Warren Academic Advising Office for more information). 

Program Details

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Fees and Funding

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Academic Excursions


Living Arrangements