France and the Memory of War——Inaugural Study Abroad Blog

In just three weeks, Dr. Shannon Fogg and I will lead the first Missouri S&T summer study abroad to France. Our focus is on France and the memory of war in the twentieth century. Fifteen students will participate and earn six credits—three for Dr. Fogg’s History 301 course (The Memory of War in Twentieth-Century France) and three for my French 301 course (Representations of Violence in 20th-Century French Culture). We will first spend two weeks in Paris before traveling to Normandy. Our scheduled activities include visits to Les Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Père Lachaise Cemetery, the Pantheon, the Shoah Museum, the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, the Bayeux Tapestry, the Mémorial de Caen, and the castle of William the Conqueror. We have longer excursions planned to Versailles, the Somme (where we will visit World War I battlefields, memorials, and cemeteries), and the D-Day beaches.


We are pleased to be able to share our experiences with the Missouri S&T community via this inaugural study abroad blog. As part of their coursework, students will regularly post updates, including photos, about where we go, what we see and do, and what their overall experiences are. Please check back regularly to follow us!


  1. Sounds like a great trip.