As the cultural and intellectual center of the universe, Berlin has been the crown jewel of Europe since the 18th century. Writers, poets, scholars, musicians, artists continue to flock to Berlin to engage its creative spirit. As a center of migration as well as the seat of Germany's federal government, Berlin is a city addressing the key political issue facing all countries today: how to create a vibrant multicultural environment.
Jews have long been at the forefront of Berlin's creative spirit and Berlin has been the site of many of the most important Jewish political and intellectual developments of the modern era. Prior to the Nazis, synagogues of all orientations have flourished, and two rabbinical seminaries produced most of the world's important Reform and Orthodox rabbis. Jews played leading roles in the newly emerging disciplines of science, humanities and social sciences as well as medicine, art, literature, and psychoanalysis. Even as it was the capital of the Third Reich, Berlin was also the most important hiding place for Jews in Germany.
Today Berlin is once again the site of a flourishing Jewish community, a lively center for Jewish Studies, multiple synagogues of various denominations, and two rabbinical schools. With a large contingent of young Israeli artists and writers, Berlin is sometimes called the new Tel Aviv. History is no stranger to Berlin; the city is filled with historical monuments, memorials, and museums.
Why did Berlin become a lamplight to the avant-garde in so many fields? This FSP will be immersed in the spirit of the city. Our two courses, co-taught by Dartmouth professors Veronika Fuechtner and Susannah Heschel, will study the history of modern Berlin's culture with field trips to museums and memorials in the city and visits with the leading artists, writers, and intellectuals who live in Berlin today. With travel to several other European cities, such as Leipzig, Worms, Vienna, Prague, Krakow, Warsaw, and Lviv, we will consider Berlin's role in shaping European society more widely. For the third course, students will have the opportunity of completing an independent research project working with a language relevant to Jewish Studies at any level.
Students interested in participating in the Jewish Studies FSP should contact the faculty director with any questions, and apply online at the Guarini Institute's website. Application deadline May 1 (may be extended for this program only) for more information please contact:
Susannah.Heschel@Dartmouth.edu - Director for Jewish Studies Program
Veronika.Fuechtner@Dartmouth.edu - Director for German Department
The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education