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London & Paris-Normandy (France)

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About the Program:

Courses

FR3980/FR4980

The aim of the course is to revisit the journey of the American soldiers during WWII in London, Normandy, and Paris from a French perspective. Through this journey, the students will visit major historic sites in London (Churchill war rooms and De Gaulle Free-French headquarter), Normandy (D-Day landing beaches, museums, and cemeteries) and Paris (WWII Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation, Mont Valérien, and museums). They will analyze and reflect on the meaning and purpose of the GIs' actions and experiences, and on current issues in international relations and cross-cultural exchange between France, Europe, the United States, and the world. The students are invited to explore the topics and address these questions from a broad range of perspectives: International relations, Political Science, Sociology, History, Art, Culture, Literature, Economics, Business, Architecture, Urban Design, Cross-Cultural Studies, Secondary Education, Food Science, Communication, Philosophy, Religion, ROTC and others.

Sites & Hours of Operation:

Churchill War Rooms: WWII Underground Headquarter (10:00-5:00PM, Mon-Sun)

Palace of Westminster (Seat of the British Government) (10:00-4:00PM, Mon-Sun)

Notre Dame Cathedral (8:00-6:45, Mon-Sun); Guided Visit Wed. at 2:00PM. Tél: 01 42 34 56 10

Louvre (9:00-6:00 Mon-Sun, closed Tues, open thru 9:45 on Wed. and Fri): 9 E. Phone: 01 40 20 50 50

OMAHA Beach, American National Cemetery and Memorial (9:00-5:00PM, Mon-Sun)

UTAH Beach at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and Pointe du Hoc (9:00-5:00PM, Mon-Sun)

Mémorial de Montormel: Final Battle of Normandy/Pocket of Falaise at Mont-Omel (02 33 67 38 61)

Eiffel Tower (9:30-11:00, Mon-Sun): 7.80 E. Phone: 01.44.11.23.23/ 01-44-61-21-16

Arch of Triumph (10:00A-11:00P Mon-Sun): 9 E. Phone: 01-55-37-73-77

Goals of the Course:

The aims of the course are to help the students:

  • Gain knowledge in the history of the American experience internationally during a significant period of the 20th Century.
  • Learn about the past and present role of the United States, its influence and perception worldwide through an active interaction with people living abroad.
  • Experience a different culture, through tours, interactions and conversations, and acquire the ability to think critically and comparatively about its nature and character.
  • Have a broader understanding of the world outside the United States in general terms and from diverse and specific perspectives such as the ones above.

Required Texts:

Attendance and Participation:

Presence for each session is mandatory. Since class participation accounts for 25% of the final grade, students are expected to take an active part in class activities. Written assignments must be typed and are due on time. All reading should be completed prior to departure. The instructor welcomes questions which need further explanation or amplification. The standard grading scale will apply: 90-100=A; 80-89=B; 70-79=C; 60-69=D; below 60=F.

Assessment Methods and Grades:

*Attendance/Participation: 25%
*Open book quiz based on the required text: 15%
*Journal Writing On-Site: 20% (The evaluation of the journal will be based on its length and relevance with respect to the student’s critical thinking and assigned paper).
*12-15 pages paper: 40% (The topic and structure of the paper will be selected prior departure).

Courses

FR3980/FR4980

Dates of Enrollment

Summer 1: May 12-22, 2020 (CANCELLED FOR 2020)

FAQs

  • How did the idea for the program come about?

    Col. Lance Young who teaches in the Business School was making plans to travel to France a couple of years ago and, since I was born there, he asked me questions about his travel plans. He noticed that I had just published a book entitled French-American Relations: Remembering D-Day after September 11 in which I interviewed WWII veterans on both sides of the Atlantic about their war experience and their vision of the world today: issues pertaining to September 11, the war in Iraq, the dialogue among cultures, and the fate of democracy and civilization. He proposed when we met that we organize a Maymester to Paris and Normandy to visit the WWII sites in Northern France and Normandy.
  • Why do you think this program is important for students?

    The students of Clemson University revisit the journey of the American soldiers during WWII in Normandy, Paris and Northern France. Through this journey, they analyze and reflect on the GIs' actions and experiences, on the current place and role of the United States in the world, and/or on current issues in international relations. The students are invited to explore these topics from a broad range of perspectives. They learn to have a better appreciation of what their grand-parents have witnessed and experienced, and what they have accomplished also through their actions, for the betterment of humanity.

  • What are some things students will learn on the trip?

    The students will gain knowledge in the history of the American experience internationally during a significant period of the 20th Century. They will learn about the past and present role of the United States, its influence and perception worldwide through an active interaction with people living abroad. They will experience a different culture, through tours, interactions and conversations. Finally, they will have a broader understanding of the world outside the United States, a capability that is in my view essential in a globalized world.
  • Who helped you make the program a reality?

    The students did and they also help us make it a fun and enjoyable experience. We are attentive to their views and requests. For example, some of them felt last year that we should visit the tombs of Clemson alumni who fought and died in Normandy; even though it was not originally planned, we stopped by St. James Cemetery in Brittany and Coleville-sur-Mer at Omaha Beach in Normandy to pay homage to Clemson veterans. These were very memorable events that will remain with us for a long time. This was true for other sites as well like going to the top of the Eiffel Tower and view from there the Statue of Liberty in Paris facing West toward the United States. The Study Abroad office is also very helpful in the preparation of such a trip.

Normandy and Paris Trip Photos

 

Contact Us

Dr. Eric Touya

505 Strode Tower, Department of Languages

Tel: 656-3540 or 656-3393

Email: etouya@clemson.edu 

Col. Lance S. Young

Colonel (Ret.) USAF

Vice Chairman Clemson Corps

Email: lsyoung@clemson.edu

Tel: (864) 557-0182

Dr. Rod Andrew

12 Hardin Hall

History Department

Email: jrandre@clemson.edu