an economic and cultural center of the region of Silesia in southwestern Poland; also know by the German name Breslau, once a center of Jewish and German culture in Central-Eastern Europe that underwent massive change from migration; the European Capital of Culture in 2016
an intimate program uniquely focused on "action research" and issues of ethnic and religious conflict across national borders in a society undergoing rapid economic and political transformation
coursework in English featuring extensive travel to Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Krakow, Warsaw, Vilnius, and Auschwitz
possibility of volunteering in schools or with local minorities, as well as of university courses in English
Open to all majors and may be of particular interest to students in:
Peace and Conflict Studies
Russian, Central, and East European Studies
Preparatory coursework recommended by Grinnell
RCEES concentration coursework recommended, especially RES 291, Perspectives in Modern Central and Eastern European Literature. Introductory Russian language can be helpful as background for Polish.
A semester-long program based in Wroclaw, Poland, with trips to Berlin. Dresden, Prague, Krakow, Warsaw, Vilnius, and Auschwitz, The Culture and Politics of Reconciliation will tackle questions such as: How does a region with a complex, divided, and violence-ridden history find ways of recognizing and coming to terms with this history while also moving forward? What role does public memory and commemoration play in this process? How can political and legal frameworks be set to not only launch but also ensure lasting reconciliation processes? What role can students and teachers play in local processes of reconciliation and in building a more just future?