Following in Anne Frank’s Footsteps: An Interdisciplinary Study Abroad Program

By Hugh Hunt, Catherine Lewis and Sabine Smith.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In 2006 and 2007, faculty members in history, German studies, and philosophy at Kennesaw State University developed a theme-based study abroad program entitled “Following in Anne Franks’ Footsteps,” focused on World War II and the Holocaust. This interdisciplinary program was focused courses on addressing a single question: How have the war and Holocaust been commemorated and remembered? The twelve-day program is not simply a tour of the sites of destruction; it is a study in how three countries—The Netherlands, Germany, and The Czech Republic—are grappling with their respective pasts. In making comparisons, students seek to understand how multiple factors shape an individual country’s packaging and presentation of the past. In this way, we work to create intercultural learners, not simply academic tourists. This essay examines how we organized the trip, developed the curriculum, and sought to meet our goals and objectives.

Keywords: Workshop, Interdisciplinary, Study Abroad, Public History, Anne Frank, German Studies, Holocaust Education, Philosophy

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp.61-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 525.877KB).

Dr. Hugh Hunt

Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Philosophy, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

Hugh Hunt is Assistant Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kennesaw State University. He is also Associate Professor of Philosophy at Kennesaw State, having earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at Emory University. His area of interest and research is continental philosophy. Over the past five years, his research has focused on the work of Edith Stein, a German philosopher declared a saint by Pope John Paul II in 1998, in particular her correspondence with the Polish philosopher Roman Ingarden.

Dr. Catherine Lewis

Associate Professor of History, Department of History and Philosophy, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

Dr. Catherine Lewis is an Associate Professor of History and Director of Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University. She is the author of five books, including The Changing Face of Public History: The Chicago Historical Society and the Transformation of an American History Museum. In addition to her work at KSU, she is a curator and special projects coordinator at the Atlanta History Center, having curated more than 25 exhibitions. She holds a B.A. in English and History from Emory University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Sabine Smith

Associate Professor of German, Department of Foreign Languages, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

Sabine Smith, Associate Professor of German at Kennesaw State University, earned her M.A. in American Studies at Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, and her Ph.D. in German Studies w/ a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research at University of California at Davis. Her research interests involve feminist inquiries into violence against women and the scholarship of teaching and learning as the exploration of best practices in facilitating foreign language and culture instruction. She is coordinator for the 2007 Study Abroad program “Retracing Anne Frank’s Footsteps.”


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