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The Voice of Conscience in Dark Times

REL 160

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Dates

May 6 - June 1, 2022

Enrollment limit

14

Course fee

$2250

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.

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