Trip Start May 20, 2005
Trip End Jun 07, 2007

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Friday, May 20, 2005

Each year funds from A Moment in Time are set aside for research that will lead to future episodes that focus on international personalities and subjects. This adds a level of cultural richness that enhances the program for its audience.

This year we visit two European capitals, Prague, Czech Republic and Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany. We will also take two side trips. The first to Weimar, the burial place of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the site of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp and Wittenburg, where Martin Luther lived for many years and from where helped provoke the Protestant Reformation.

The following topics are on the agenda for this trip:


Jan Hus
Reinhard Heydrich and Ludice
Defenestration of Prague, c1620, 1947
Battle of White Mountain
Tycho Brahe - Astronomer
Franz Kafka
Jewish Cemetary in Prague
Prague Spring- Dubcek and Jan Palach
Why the Split of Czechoslavakia?
Charles University
Santa Claus - Wenceslas/St.Nicholas/Romania/Czech Connection
Revolution of 1848 - Palacky
Czech Legion (1919)

Weimar Sexual Liberation
Thomas Mann
Reconstruction of Berlin
Templehof Airport
Magnus Hirschfeld - Institute of Sexology
Bertolt Brecht
Kurt Weill
Marlene Dietrich
Frederich the Great
Zarah Leander - Singer/Spy?
The Wall
Checkpoint Charlie
Brandenburg Gate
Bombing of Hamburg and Dresden
Battle of Leipzig (the Nations) October, 1813
Gustavus Adolphus
Zimmerman Telegram
Franz v. Papen
Gustav Stressemann
Willy Brandt
Helmut Kohl
Weimar Republic
Wittenburg Castle Church

Many thanks to my colleagues at the University of Richmond, Jim Narduzzi, Dean of the School of Continuing Studies, Herb Peterson, Vice-president for Finance, and Jenni Sauer, Controller, who helped put together the funds that will make this trip possible.

Past and future episodes on A Moment in Time that have and will arise from these research trips and those who made them possible are:

CUBA (Faculty Enrichment Grant, UR School of Continuing Studies and A Moment in Time)

MADRID AND BARCELONA, SPAIN (A Moment in Time and a Faculty Enrichment Grant, UR School of Continuing Studies)

HOLLAND (A Moment in Time and a Faculty Enrichment Grant, UR School of Continuing Studies)

GRENADA, SPAIN (A Moment in Time and a Faculty Enrichment Grant, UR School of Continuing Studies)

ENGLAND (Faculty Research Grant, University of Richmond)

NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA (Faculty Research Trip, UR Office of International Education)

We have never used before, so hope it is helpful. It sounds like a great idea. Thanks to my colleague Patsy Arnett for the suggestion.


Dan Roberts
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