Elon courses cross
the face of Europe


Five School of Communications faculty members led three major Winter Term courses abroad, traveling all over Europe.

Michael Frontani mentored 16 students in "Studies in London," where topics ranged from the Beatles to Jack the Ripper.

Tom Nelson and Don Grady led the course "Culture of the Great War," an overview of the cultural legacy of the First World War. They traveled with 29 students to sites in England, Russia, France, Belgium, Germany and Holland.

"The students were assigned a number of books pertinent to topics and places within our field of study," Nelson said. "A special aspect of that assignment was meeting two of the authors of these books - one in England and one in France - who each gave added information to our study of World War I. The authors are Diana Preston who writes about the sinking of the Lusitania off Ireland and Christina Holstein who writes about the Battle of Verdun in France."

Students enrolled in "Culture of the Great War" went punting in England, following the same route as the World War I poet, Rupert Brooke; talked of archeology in the trenches of Verdun, France; composed poetry in those same trenches based on the model of the Great War poets; and a tackled a 10-mile walking adventure through the snowy streets of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Vic Costello and Anthony Hatcher taught 31 students in their course "From Gutenberg to the Internet." The students traveled through eight countries, visiting 12 cities as they studied communications developments and their societal impact, from the scribal culture of the Middle Ages to the digital revolution of the 1990s.

Among the highlights of the journey were visits to: BBC Headquarters in London; the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany; Wartburg Castle in Eisenach where Martin Luther was secluded for 300 days and where he translated the new testament into a unified German language; the door of the Old Castle Church where Luther posted his infamous 95 theses in Wittenberg; the remains of the Berlin Wall and the Checkpoint Charlie Museum; Radio Free Europe headquarters in Prague; Dachau Concentration Camp near Munich; Olympia Park in Munich, where international media coverage of the 1972 hostage crises centered; the CERN Institute in Geneva, where Timothy Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web protocol; and the Lumiere Institute in Lyon, France, the birthplace of cinematography.

Students and professors on the Gutenberg experienced a smooth trip right up until they reached the Geneva airport to try to return home. A snowstorm caused extensive flight delays. It was so big that it made the headlines, and a picture of Elon students Ryan Markel, Matt Swope, Nathan Ritz and Meredith Downen during their patient wait among piles of baggage became part of a photo layout on the storm carried by Le Matin, a leading Geneva newspaper.



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