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Balaschak leads art study abroad in Berlin

Jul 1, 2019
by Jayda Barnes, '20

For one inspiring week, Associate Professor Chris Balaschak and a group of students visited Berlin and surrounding cities in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the opening of the Bauhaus, one of the most influential schools of art, architecture and design in the last century.

Group of students sitting on bench in front of colorful graffiti artwork.

From June 13-21, students lived in Berlin, where they explored several architectural sites related to the Bauhaus. They studied anniversary exhibitions at the Bauhaus Archive and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. They also took a day-trip to Dessau to visit the iconic Bauhaus building, designed by its director, Walter Gropius. Students were also able to visit many other historic sites and museums, including the last remaining portion of the Berlin Wall, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Checkpoint Charlie and a number of different open-air markets and neighborhoods in former East Berlin.

This extended stay in Berlin allowed students to immerse themselves in the culture and history of the city. The study abroad group stayed in a hotel in Prenzlauer Berg, a neighborhood in former East Berlin, and traveled the city by trams, buses, subway, train and foot. They had the chance to appreciate the unique layout of Berlin and understand the layers of history which designed the city. The international presence and common usage of English made Berlin a welcoming environment for Flagler students.

“As a teacher, I cannot express how impactful studying abroad is,” said Balaschak. “Especially as a teacher of art history, there is no real substitute for experiencing art, architecture, design and urban space on foot and in person.”

Berlin was one of many study abroad opportunities available to students. For more information, visit the International Center page here.

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