EUROPE'S CULTURAL CAPITALS: ART, FOOD, SCIENCE, POLITICS
Over the centuries, Europe’s cultural capitals have helped to shape national identity with their rich landscape of political institutions, art collections, opera houses, scientific centers, and flagship brands. As economies boom and urban industries need workers, immigrants create new multicultural neighborhoods that subtly transform the culture, food and language of a city. This intermingling can lead to surprising new ways of practicing identity, race, ethnicity, gender, and religion. Many of Europe’s most creative and fascinating personalities—including an impressive group of world-changing women—have found a home in the rich environments of these cities. Our spring 2024 European Studies program offers students the opportunity for intensive, on-site study of cultural identity in some of Europe’s grandest capitals. Join us as we explore centers of ancient and modern Europe, including Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Madrid, Vienna, Stockholm, and Berlin. Major historical sites, monuments, and museums will be our classrooms, where we will study ideas, science, art, and landscapes that have formed European identity from the Saint Chapelle to the Prado Museum, from the Berlin Wall to the lake country of Sweden.
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