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A&S history faculty leading study trips

By: Anna Carmichael
A&S Communications
September 15, 2016

Arts & Sciences faculty will be leading four trips through Cornell Adult University this year, heading to explore Russian cities, study European history, learn more about American colonial history and visit Cuba to examine our renewed relations there.

Cornell’s Adult University’s educational vacations are led by top-notch Cornell faculty and give ravelers insider access to people and places, customized travel services and friendly companions.

Penny Von Eschen, the Sanford and Jo Mills Reis Professor of Humanities in the history department, will lead the trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg called, “Strange, Alluring, Enthralling.” The trip will explore the historical and cultural riches of these two cities and includes tours, concerts, museum visits and a bellet master class.

Barry Strauss, the Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies professor of history and classics, will lead a cruise, “Atlantic Ocean: Bilbao to Paris – European History Cruise.” The trip aims to explore the role the Atlantic Ocean has played in history and the development of not only Europe but the world. The cruise includes stops along the coasts of Spain and France.

Mary Beth Norton, the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History, is spearheading a trip called “Quebec to Boston: Autumn Splendor in Canada and New England.” This cruise will sail along the coastline with stops in coastal towns and villages rich in American colonial history.

Maria Cristina Garcia, the Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies in the history department, is heading to Cuba on a trip called “Cuba: Havana and Washington – Renewed Relations.” Garcia will discuss and contemplate the changes that the renewed diplomacy between the United States and Cuba may hold for the future, while considering their past.  The trip will explore Cuba’s music, architecture and people.

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