History Department
History Department

Normandy Scholars Blog about World War II

Wed, May 28, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas -May 15, 2008- Students in the 2008 Normandy Scholar Program on World War II, a history department study abroad program, will blog about their experiences overseas from May 6 to 27 at www.normandyscholars.com.

The blog, an online journal, is the first in the program's 19-year history and will include student reflections on their travels and photographs of the sites they visit.

Each spring, the Normandy Scholar Program brings together approximately 20 students from across the college to study the causes, consequences and contemporary representations of World War II. Participants complete several spring semester courses and then travel together for a three-week educational tour of World War II sites in France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

"The Normandy Scholar Program is unique because it requires students to intensively study World War II prior to traveling abroad. As a result, they gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the sites they visit during the overseas portion of the program," David Crew, director of the program and history professor, said.

Additional Normandy program faculty include Jean-Pierre Cauvin, professor of French and Italian: Francoise De Backer, associate director of the program and lecturer of French and Italian; Michael Stoff, distinguished teaching associate professor of history; and Charters Wynn, associate professor of history.

Since 1989, nearly 400 students and 16 faculty members have participated in the Normandy Scholar Program. The program is funded through a program fee, and donations by friends of the Normandy Scholar Program and the College of Liberal Arts.

For more information about how to support the program, contact Kathleen Aronson, assistant dean for development, at 512-475-9763 or mcaronson@mail.utexas.edu.

Francoise De Backer
Associate Director, Normandy Scholars Program

Jennifer McAndrew
Public Affairs Specialist, College of Liberal Arts

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