austria - rel 160

The Voice of Conscience in Dark Times 


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May 6 - June 1, 2022

Enrollment limit


Course fee


Included in course fee

Lodging, some meals, program excursions.

Beyond course fee

Airfare, Eurail Pass, some meals, personal travel.

Course Description

The Voice of Conscience in Dark Times is a study of key voices in Europe leading to changes in the politics and culture of modern Europe. What causes people to do something risky when thrust into a morally compromising situation? To stop, say no, resist. Dissent. Among the writers we will study are Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian who offered one of the first clear voices of resistance to Hitler; Vaclav Havel, author of The Power of the Powerless, an essay that led to the Velvet Revolution and resistance against the Soviet Union; Elie Wiesel, author of  Night and a voice of resistance that led to a global awareness of the Holocaust;  and Timothy Garton Ash writing about the peace movement in Eastern Europe, and especially the story of St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig, East Germany where the movement from the 1970’s-1980’s was born. We will spend time in Salzburg, Prague, Berlin, (and St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig). We will also make a day trip to Munich where we will visit the Dachau Concentration Camp.