Time to Apply for Foreign Study

Thinking about foreign study in Berlin, Germany? The time to apply for our LSA and FSP programs is now!

The deadlines are: January 7 for the summer of 2016; February 1 for the fall of 2016 and the spring of 2017. File your application through the Guerini Institute for International Education.

Running late? Don’t be shy and contact our faculty asap!

Professor Yuliya Komska: Iron Curtains (Reuters)

The term “iron curtain” is more than 200 years old. Its usage has evolved through time. Long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Professor Yuliya Komska says that its recent rise in common usage may help to foster destructive divisions among European nations.

“By applying ‘iron curtain’ to these divisions,” Professor Komska writes, “journalists and politicians create a fault line between Western Europe and countries in the east. In doing so, they risk associating problems common across all Europe — security, immigration, xenophobia — with only a handful of communities on the EU’s eastern periphery.”

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Yuliya Komska on Teaching German and Other Joys

By Joni B. Cole

This Focus on Faculty Q&A is part of an ongoing series of interviews exploring what keeps Dartmouth professors busy inside—and outside—the classroom.

Yuliya Komska is an assistant professor of German studies, a Cold War cultural historian, and a self-proclaimed “wannabe Austro-Hungarian.” A native of Ukraine, Komska recently published her first book, The Icon Curtain: The Cold War's Quiet Border. She shares her views on belonging, her joy in teaching, and the difference between her and the futuristic mom in the 1960s cartoon show The Jetsons.

25 Years Later, Remembering the Berlin Wall

by Professor Irene Kacandes

I’m an American child of the Cold War. The yellow alarm pole was next to my elementary school, and when it went off we practiced duck and cover. I had a repeating dream of a red monolith I knew was “Communism,” even as I had little sense of what that meant other than “bad” and “dangerous.”

I’m a Dartmouth professor currently directing the Department of German Studies’ Foreign Study Program in Berlin. For weeks now, local residents have been commemorating events that led up to the Mauerfall, the opening of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989. I plan to walk around in the city center and take in the atmosphere. I’m particularly eager to see the Lichtgrenze, literally “border of light,” a marking with lamp poles where the wall that divided this city long stood.

I remember the actual wall. I first visited Berlin on a high school exchange. I recall having cramps during the whole visit and being simultaneously intimidated and fascinated by the military presence, a presence I didn’t know about in suburban New York. I promised myself I’d come back one day.