PRAGUE SPRING PROGRAM
Global Education Enrichment Program - April 16th - 24th, 2009
Amsterdam - Prague - Berlin
History & Literature / Film & Media / Geo-Politics / Holocaust & Human Right
Program developed and overseen since 1990 by a group of Newton South History & Literature teachers, including Ms Balachak, Mr Kozuch, Mr White, Mr Bleiwas Dr Cohen, Mr Murray, Ms Murfin, Mr. Rinaldi and Ms. Braman — as an extension of Prague Summer program (begun 1990).
In co operation with students and teachers from Czech public and independent schools, and, staff, teachers and professors from Charles University, the State Jewish Museum, Czech Technical University Prague ); Anne Frank Haus and Dutch Resistance Museum,
( Amsterdam ), JFK School and German historic agencies and independent film makers.( Berlin ).
Open, particularly, to South students in Sophomore History & Literature; Journalism & Communications; AP European History; American History & Literature; and, editors & staff of The Lion’s Roar and Denebola newspapers. Current teacher advisors Ms Braman, Mr Rinaldi and Mr. White.
April school holiday program in Central Europe, focused by the Czech Republic and the 1000-year old city of Prague.
Students are prepared by eight ( 8 ) after school workshops and three ( 3 ) Friday film screenings.
Readings — books & articles — & locations relevant to current curriculum: history & literature, journalism & media, art & architecture & music.
Socially and politically, students investigate the “Velvet Revolution” (and “Velvet Divorce”). They make intellectual and experiential excursions to music halls, museums, theatres, galleries, scenic and historic sites such the “towns” of Prague and Terezin concentration camp and connect what they have read and seen with what they are seeing and hearing.
Opportunities for interviewing, photo-essays and oral history, multimedia and web photo productions of meetings with Dutch, Czech and German students and teachers, journalists, politicians, artists, musicians and film makers — including “average” folk, Cold War survivors, and kids of their own ages and interests. Past programs have included tours by students from Czech and German schools.