Greetings students and parents,
I know everyone is extremely excited to get started with Abbey Road's 2018 Modern Europe program! You have selected one of our programs with the most historical depth (especially in its relevance to the present day), and one that visits some of the most important, most famous, and most historic cities in Europe. This is the program blog, and you can follow here for frequent updates.
Allow me to introduce myself officially (although you may have already heard this whole spiel through e-mail): My name is Matthew Bowser. I am a PhD Candidate in World History at Northeastern University ("world history" is a cutting-edge research field in history in which your chosen area of expertise is looked at through the lens of the wider world, looking at the connections that events in London had with events in Paris, Calcutta, Singapore, etc.). I myself am a specialist of the British Empire in the 20th century, so the area of my greatest expertise will be during our London leg, but my training includes a deep, global understanding of modern European history, and students will not leave without a deeper knowledge of key events of Modern Europe: World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.
As importantly, however, the trip will be fun and culturally immersive! We'll be spending all of our time out and about in London, Dunkirk, the towns of Normandy, Paris, Cologne, Berlin, Dresden, and Prague, experiencing local culture and getting an educational but exciting travel abroad experience. We will be posting frequent updates here so that parents, family, and friends can follow along from home!
Assisting me with all of this will be Hannah Welch, who will serve as RA and photographer. Hannah has been with Abbey Road since 2010 and has taken photographs of almost all their programs. Her passions are travel and photography which explains why she loves her job so much! She is currently living in Orlando Florida but has spent the last 4 years teaching English at a public elementary school in northern Spain. If you are a student that is not coming in on the group flight from JFK, you will either be meeting me or Hannah at your port of arrival, so be sure to remember our faces from this post!
Looking forward to getting started on the trip!