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 students will receive normal day-college credit (1 full unit) upon successful completion of a course.   All courses are taught in English.

May Term 2016 Courses

From Total War to European Union (History 006) will be taught by Theresa McBride, Professor of History. The fascinating and tragic history of Europe in the twentieth century was marked twice by total war. World War I laid the foundation for the rise of Fascism and Nazism in the 1920s and 1930s, but the Second World War, even more destructive than the first, was followed by the extraordinary period of peace among the European states and the integration of these states into the European Union. Luxembourg is at the center of this history, both as a battleground and as a founding member of the European community. Picturesque Remich on the Moselle River is near the site of the signing of the Schengen Agreements that allow people to travel, study and work throughout the EU. While the current crisis in the Eurozone economies has challenged monetary union, the idea of Europe remains a strong bond among the 27 member states. While crises in the Eurozone and the flood of immigration from civil war and political strife have challenged the sense of union, the idea of Europe continues to inspire many of the peoples of Europe. Field trips are planned to cultural and historical sites in France, Germany and Luxembourg.

The course has no prerequisites. It fulfills the History Perspective at Clark.

Imagining Europe: Space Borders, and Cultural Identities (English 004) will be taught by Stephen Levin, Professor of English. Questions raised in this course include: What is Europe? Is it defined primarily by its cultural values? Geographic boundaries? A shared history? A commitment to a set of political ideals? A common economic destiny? How are the identities of Europe negotiated and produced? These questions have only become more urgent in light of the current crisis in the Eurozone, which has placed in jeopardy the Maastricht vision of an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe. This course examines competing ideas of Europe in the contemporary period by focusing on the language of visual culture. We will be especially interested in how Europe remembers the past in its public museums, monuments, and heritage sites; the inclusion or exclusion of Europe's internal others (Jews and Muslims particularly); and the globalization of European languages by migrant writers. Our main focus will be on the icons and symbols that become flashpoints in the cultural politics of Europe, such as the burqa (a veil worn by Islamic women) in France, or political cartoons that challenge religious inclusion. Field trips are planned to France and Germany.

The course has no prerequisites. It fulfills the Language and Culture Perspective at Clark University.