This inter-disciplinary, service-learning study-abroad course examines the current migration crisis in Europe, which has fundamentally affected and transformed the European continent. In particular Germany has emerged as the political core of the crisis. This interdisciplinary study-abroad trip to southern Germany/Munich will engage students with the immediate social complexity of the integration of migrants in Germany.
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Welcome to our 2017 Service-Learning Study-Abroad trip to Munich July 18-28, 2017.
service-learning study-abroad course examines the current migration "crisis" in
Europe, which has fundamentally affected and transformed the European
continent. In particular Germany has emerged as the political core of the
"crisis." This interdisciplinary study-abroad trip to southern Germany/Munich
will engage students with the immediate social complexity of the integration of
migrants in Germany. The service-learning component of this study-abroad course
will allow students to actively participate in current integration processes in
the field. Students will shadow and assist local non-profit groups/state
agencies in their efforts to guide migrants and refugees through the various
stages of the integration process. Additionally, students will attend seminars
and workshops to engage with local think-tanks, state and non-state agencies to
learn about the historical, political, and philosophical context and framework,
surrounding Europe’s struggle with multi-culturalism, assimilation and new, more effective integration models. Additionally,
students will visit civic and political groups, migrant communities, engaging
with migrants/refugees and first generation migrant
One of my favorite shots; taken during an early morning run through the park of Schloss Nymphenburg last June 2016.
Nymphenburg Palace owes its foundation as a summer residence to the birth of the long-awaited heir to the throne, Max Emanuel, who was born in 1662 to the Ferdinand Maria and his wife, Henriette Adelaide of Savoy.
When Bavaria became a kingdom, in the early nineteenth century, Nymphenburg resumed its important function e.g. the residence of Maximilian IV Joseph, who, as Maximilian I Joseph, was the first King of Bavaria (reigned 1806–25).
In subsequent years the palace remained a favorite residence of the Bavarian royal family. The famous/infamous King Ludwig II of Bavaria (reigned 1864-1886) - also called the Märchenkönig or the Mad King Ludwig - was born there on 25 August 1845.
He has left an architectural legacy in his series of elaborate castles built throughout Bavaria, including Neuschwanstein, Lindenhof, and Herrenchiemsee. King Ludwig was a passionate …
Many of my thoughts towards the Munich trip root directly to
my upbringing and experience of living in southern New Mexico. My step-dad was a soldier in the German Air
Force, and was stationed to Alamogordo, New Mexico- a little city in the
Tularosa Basin right at the foot of the Sacramento Mountains, and known regionally
for White Sands, pistachios, and a fascinating space museum. In this little
city, you will likely hear English, Spanish and German spoken every day. Because
of Alamogordo’s small, but sizeable German population, there is a German school
for children of German soldiers, a few German shops and companies, and once a
year in the fall a large Oktoberfest celebration on the base. This little city
has always allowed me to retain a piece of my German culture and identity while
growing up in southern New Mexico- a place very unlike anything you’d see in Germany.
In college, I found a passion for education and social
justice. I took …