Henry J. Leir Luxembourg Program

  • Europa HouseThe May Term in Luxembourg


Students may enroll in only one of the two courses offered each May Term.  Enrolled Clark and Holy Cross students will receive normal day-college credit (1 full unit) upon successful completion of a course.  Students from other schools must make arrangements to have credits transferred to their home institution (1 Clark unit is equivalent to 4 credits).  All courses are taught in English.

May Term 2015 Courses

Remembering the Great War, 1914-1918 (History 005) will be taught by Mary Conley, Professor of History. The centenary of the First World War offers us a remarkable occasion to study this war during our stay in Luxembourg. Recent commemorations have revealed that the lasting significance of the Great War cannot be underestimated. The devastation wrought by the war was staggering; Over 9 million soldiers died and over 21 million more were wounded. But the demographic loss does not speak to the extent of the war's legacy, whether in terms of its psychological, cultural, political, and diplomatic tolls. This course explores the European experience of the First World War and its immediate aftermath. We will read both historical and literary texts from France, Germany, and Britain, and travel to battle sites in France and Belgium. Throughout the course, we will also examine how cultural forms, whether poetry, fiction, or film have attempted to represent this past. Although the course primarily focuses upon France, Britain, and Germany, we will consider both the imperial context of the war as well as the Russian experience of the war. From our residence in Remich, we will explore cultural and historical sites in France, Germany and Luxembourg.

The course has no prerequisites. It fulfills the History Perspective at Clark. At The College of the Holy Cross, it is approved for the Historical Studies Common Area, the Peace and Conflict Studies concentration, and counts as a European history course towards the History major.

Narrative of Human Rights (Comparative Literature 009) will be taught by Robert Tobin, Professor of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. This course analyzes the historical evolution of human rights in Western Europe through literary texts. We will focus on significant events in history that lead to the development of human rights, particularly the French Revolution and the Holocaust, while thinking about what aspects of modernity and, especially, gender complicate our understanding of human rights. We will read Charles Dickens's Tale of Two Cities, Franz Kafka's The Trial, Anne Frank's Diary of A Young Girl, and Romain Gary's The Life Before Us. All texts will be read in English, but we will be particularly interested in the way that language and culture inflect the understanding of human rights. An integral part of the course are the planned field trips to such destinations as the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, and the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, as well as local human organizations in Luxembourg.

The course has no prerequisites. It fulfills the Language and Culture Perspective at Clark University. At The College of The Holy Cross, it is approved for fulfillment of the common area requirement of one course in literature as a study abroad course.