Category Archives: Field trip reports

If Germany, Why Not Here?

For three weeks in June 1999 I participated in a German Studies Seminar along with 25 other American scholars and professionals. Sponsored by the German-American Fulbright Commission, this seminar focused on environmental protection and alternative sources of energy. It was … Continue reading

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Field Trip to the Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul (1997)

On October 17-18, 1997, 13 students, two professors (Peter Fisher and Cheryl Contant), and I traveled to the Twin Cities for what proved to be the first of a series of field trips to major cities. (See the Field Trips … Continue reading

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Field Trip to the Twin Cities (1998)

On October 15-17, 1998, 14 students and I traveled to the Twin Cities for a follow up to our initial trip in 1997. While driving through the far west suburbs on I-494, I was inspired to tell the students how … Continue reading

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Going to Milwaukee, “the Gathering Place by the Waters” (2008)

Over the years Milwaukee has been called “the most German of American cities,” “the Machine Shop of the World,” “City of Steeples,” “City of Festivals,” “Cream City,” and “a Great Place on a Great Lake.” But its name comes from … Continue reading

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A Field Trip to Post-Katrina New Orleans, “the City that Care Forgot” (2006)

New Orleans has been called “The Crescent City,” “The Capital of the Caribbean,” and “The City that Care Forgot.” But it is probably best known as “The Big Easy.” In late-August and early-September, 2005, much of the Big Easy was … Continue reading

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A Trip to Kansas City, “the City of Fountains,” “the City of Parks and Boulevards,” “the City of Jazz” (2004)

In 2002, a group of 19 students made a field trip to Louisville, Kentucky. On October 28-31, 2004, a group of 21 made a similar trip to Kansas City. As was the case with earlier trips to the Twin Cities … Continue reading

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Reading the City

Imagine you want to know more about a particular city. Perhaps you have just arrived from some other place, or maybe you’re curious because you plan to move to it. What is the city’s story? How did it come to … Continue reading

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