Zoom Lecture: Dr. Richard Jobs
"Backpack Ambassadors: How Youth Travel Integrated Europe"
Thanks to coordination by Dr. Elena Albarrán, MUDEC students had the opportunity to learn about a topic very relevant to their current experience: the history of youth travel in Europe!
Even today, in an era of cheap travel and constant connection, the image of young people backpacking across Europe remains seductively romantic. In Backpack Ambassadors, Richard Ivan Jobs tells the story of backpacking in Europe in its heyday, the decades after World War II, revealing that these footloose young people were doing more than just exploring for themselves. Rather, with each step, each border crossing, each friendship, they were quietly helping knit the continent together.
Students in Dr. Albarrán's class even dug into the MUDEC archives to find primary sources from their predescessors! They shared their favorite documents during the talk, and got expert commentary from Dr. Jobs.