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MUDEC Méinden Fall 2020 #12
MUDEC Méinden Fall 2020 #12
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Fall 2020 #12

 November 9, 2020

  • HST 296 Wrap-Up
  • GIC 101 Clothing Drive
  • Superlative Ceremony
  • Scenes from Around the Chateau 
  • Independent Travel Highlights

HST 296: World History since 1945

Dr. Elena Albarran says: 
Students of HST 296 World History since 1945 spent the semester looking at a globalized Europe through the lens of travel and mobility through the region.  In particular, their final projects brought together the themes presented by historian Richard I. Jobs’ book Backpack Ambassadors: How Youth Travel Integrated Europe with their own astute analyses of past Miami student travels documented in the MUDEC historical archives. We read about the evolving political and social roles of hostels in deescalating heightened wartime nationalism, and then found evidence in the archive of the dynamic cooperative and team-building activities offered to Miami students in a Netherlands hostel.  We read about the different impetuses for travel that were informed by the prevailing political climate of each respective historical moment, and then saw these reflected in homework assigned to Miami students on a study tour in Paris. We read about the dramatic restrictions to European mobility imposed by the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, and then found a MUDEC yearbook that documented a student trip to the Berlin Wall within days of its demise.  We read about Cold War propaganda that constructed Eastern and Western ideologies as mutually antagonistic, and then witnessed the remarkable dismantling of that binary mindset through the heartfelt reflections of intercultural understandings written by a group of Miami students that traveled to Russia in 1980.  We thought about all of these dimensions of travel in the context of our own experiences in an unprecedented COVID-era Europe, when some of the region's much-lauded open borders are being reinscribed by the conditions of the pandemic.  It’s been an immersive, experiential ride through history for this class!
Dr. Elena Jackson Albarrán found a treasure trove of archives in the château attic documenting 50+ years of MUDEC student travel
MUDEC student publications from 1989 documenting the fall of the Berlin Wall

GIC101: Introduction to Global and Intercultural Studies

GIC101 students are leading the charge on a clothing drive to help local refugee communities in need. MUDEC students will donate clothing and other items to the Differdange Red Cross this week. Great job!

Superlatives Ceremony

Students recently joined in a longstanding MUDEC tradition by holding a Superlatives ceremony. Cass Schunk and Michael Nevar hosted, and host dad Guy Graul made it extra special by laminating their certificates with pressed autumn leaves from the château. 

Around the Château

Hazel posing in front of MUDEC's seasonal decorations (thanks, Guy!)
The château's youngest resident, Lola Albarrán, celebrated her sixth birthday
Can you spot Lola?
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Independent Travel Highlights

Some MUDEC students recently traveled to the edge of the Schengen zone, to sunny Malta!
This Week's Schedule graphic


  • Classes


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  • Classes
  • 5:15pm: Closing Dinner


  • Classes


  • First day of finals
    Château & Administrative Hours
    Aerial view of the Château de Differdange, where Miami's Luxembourg campus, the John E. Dolibois European Center, often abbreviated to MUDEC, is located

    Château Hours

    Monday-Thursday: 8:00-22:00

    Friday:                     8:00-17:00
    Saturday, Sunday: Closed

    Administrative Hours
    Tuesday-Friday:  8:30-12:30

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