Spring break study abroad opportunity makes global connections

Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences program in Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies collaborated with four organizations to create a study abroad research trip in Holocaust studies for Appalachian students during their 2017 spring break.

Dr. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan, director of Appalachian’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies, teaches the student-driven research course titled The Holocaust: interpretation, memory, and representation. He said the course evolves as the trip progresses with students visiting memorials, studying and discussing their work at research centers in Poland and Germany. “I am very eager to avoid what a number of my colleagues in the field have described as Holocaust tourism,” said Pegelow Kaplan.

The center will provide students with financial support through partnerships with the Rosenblatt Family Foundation, the Miriam and Abe Brenner Foundation, the Greensboro Jewish Federation and the German Academic Exchange Service.

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