William Woods University has recently received a grant that will allow students to take a tour of the “History of the Holocaust,” a unique global study opportunity.
With the support of the Oreon E. Scott Foundation, William Woods is preparing to take a group of students overseas to study the Cold War era in Europe as part of the Woods Around the World Program.
Students will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Holocaust by visiting many of the still-existing sites during their spring break.
The Rev. Travis Tamerius, WWU chaplain, will offer the course “Woods Around the World: History of the Holocaust” next semester to students interested in exploring the connection between Fulton’s local history and the larger history of the 20th century.
“Before traveling to Eastern Europe, students will complete a course in social responsibility, gaining leadership skills in combating violence and promoting peace,” said Tamerius.
During the nine-day trip, students will tour some of Eastern Europe’s historical landmarks, including the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Warsaw Ghetto and Gestapo headquarters in Warsaw, the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow and Josefov, the Jewish Quarter in Prague.
As part of the curriculum, Woods Around the World students will write a travel blog documenting their learning before, during and after the trip.
Tamerius believes the course and the trip combined will enable students to think about the legacy of violence and how thinking can be changed to foster better relations. The course aims to challenge students to break cycles of violence by promoting pathways to peace and reconciliation.
In past years, William Woods students enrolled in the Woods Around the World program have explored the cultures of Kenya and Peru. Most recently they toured the American South, following the civil rights trail to further understand the civil rights movement.
Woods Around the World is a unique program that takes students beyond the classroom and allows them to experience another culture. By studying the culture first-hand, they strengthen their understanding of globalization while broadening their education in preparation for their future careers.