Seminars & Events
Welcome Back Reception
The History Department will hold its Welcome Back Reception on September 26th @ 4:00 pm at the Alumni Lodge. We hope to see you there!
Study Tour Overview
Professors Charles Holden and Christine Adams are offering a history course on the American military experience in France for the three-week summer session of 2011
This course has no prerequisites and the ability to speak or read French is not required.
We will start with one week in the classroom at SMCM and end on the beaches of Normandy where U.S. soldiers played a key role in the allied invasion of German-occupied France in 1944.
The travel portion of our tour lasts approximately 8 days. After landing in Paris, we will first travel to eastern France to the sites of U.S. participation in World War I. We will use Reims as our base to explore important battles of Belleau Wood and the especially the Meuse-Argonne offensive in late 1918. The massive ossuary outside of Verdun containing the bones of thousands of unidentified soldiers is very near the American Military Cemetery.
As the tour shifts its focus to World War II, the group will head west and stop at Compiègne where Germany signed the armistice to end World War I and where Adolf Hitler, in turn, forced the French government to surrender in 1940. From there we will proceed west to Normandy. Here we will base our tour out of Bayeux, a town well situated for exploration of both Omaha and Utah Beach where the Americans landed in June, 1944. While in Normandy we will also visit the Caen Memorial, a state-of-the-art museum that offers a comprehensive overview of World War II.
Finally we will return to Paris. The liberation of Paris was considered a pivotal moment in the liberation of all western Europe. We will conduct a walking tour of the key sites where the battle for Paris turned and where atrocities against resisters were committed.