The John Carroll University Alumni Association invites you to the third session of the Alumni Continuing Education Series (A.C.E.S.)

Berlin Seminar & Study Tour:
Experiential Learning in the Classroom and in the Field
featuring
Matthew Berg, Ph.D., Professor of History and
Andreas Sobish, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science

Monday, April 24, 2017 • 7 p.m.

Rodman Hall – 2nd Floor, John Carroll University
1 John Carroll Blvd., University Hts. OH 44118

Free to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. 


The Berlin Seminar and associated study tour is the second longest running JCU course with a travel component to a destination outside the United States. It is the product of a long-standing, fruitful collaboration between colleagues in the departments of History and Political science, offered every odd numbered year during the spring semester. Students focus on German history and politics since the Nazi period, with Berlin as their focal point, for the first 6-7 weeks of the semester, and the bulk of remaining hours for the semester come in the form of a rigorous 9-day program in Berlin during spring break. Instructors Andreas Sobisch (Political Science) and Matthew Berg (History) introduce students in breadth and depth to

  • historic sites from the Nazi era, post-World War II occupation, the Cold War, and Berlin as the reunited capital of Germany;
  • the controversies surrounding the efforts to commemorate the problematic aspects of Germany’s past;
  • German perspectives on the country’s position in the EU, NATO, and vis a vis the United States through meetings with experts from the German Foreign Ministry and with foreign policy and security experts from the political parties represented in the German parliament.

150 students have participated enthusiastically in the seminar since 2001, and the instructors have been in a unique position to share their research and teaching expertise with them through an experience they will always remember fondly.

Matthew Berg, Professor History, has been a member of the John Carroll faculty since 1994. His teaching and research interests include 20th century Germany and Austria, the history of genocide and war crimes in the 20th century, human rights, and issues of war and peace. He has traveled with JCU students to Germany, Poland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, and England, and has served as an international elections monitor in Azerbaijan, Kosovo, and Ukraine. His current book project is a history of postwar reconstruction in Vienna between 1945 and 1949.

Andreas Sobisch, Associate Professor of Political Science, has been a member of the JCU faculty since 1990. His teaching and research interests focus on the European Union as well as High Impact Pedagogy in the college classroom. From 2005 to 2015 he served as the director of JCU’s Center for Global Education, where he oversaw the development of the university’s study abroad program. He has traveled with JCU students to virtually all part of the world and currently directs three separate short-term study abroad experiences.