Beret Norman, associate professor of German in the Department of World Languages, recently returned from teaching a course in Lüneburg, Germany, for the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). Her course, “Berlin in East and West German Film,” focused on films made between 1946 and 1989 and the different ideological reasons to use the divided city as a setting.
The course was preceded by a four-day group tour of Berlin, and here is a picture of Boise State senior English/German major, Ariel Strasser (right), with Norman on the roof of the German Reichstag building in Berlin, where the German parliament meets. Behind them is architect Norman Foster’s glass dome (finished in 1999), which represents the transparency of German governance.
The course addressed the cultural, social and political importance of post-World War II Berlin until German reunification.
“Students had to research the Cold War to more fully understand the ideological references in the films — especially the East German films,” Norman said.
The USAC in Germany program has an outgoing staff that greatly assists visiting professors and USAC students. Lüneburg is a small city that attracts German tourists due to its medieval character. More information about teaching or studying abroad is available by contacting the International Learning Opportunities office on campus and by attending the Study Abroad Fair on Sept. 18 in the Student Union Atrium.