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Study Abroad: Paris, 2010

The “City of Lights” has long been recognized as Europe’s cultural capital, housing some of its most famous museums and historic neighborhoods. For nine days at the beginning of June 2010, Dr. Karen Ritzenhoff, Dr. Fiona Pearson and 17 students from CCSU visited Paris’s various quartièrs, recording their impressions of this vibrant and diverse city. Building on the theme, “Americans in Paris,” students used camcorders and audio recording devices to produce visual tours of locations and neighborhoods including the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées, the Metro, the Île de la Cité, and Le Marais.

Other students recorded their impressions of Paris’s fashion and film culture and its many beautiful gardens. In addition to visiting a vast number of museums and historic sites—including Monet’s gardens in Giverny, the Louvre and the palace of Versailles—students traveled to the American School in Paris and the American Embassy where they spoke with teachers, students and diplomats, all of whom shared their experiences as Americans living in Paris. By the end of the trip, the students agreed that they had gained a fuller understanding of and appreciation for the culture and history of “La Ville Lumière.”

Click to view image gallery of the summer 2010 study abroad course to Paris.

These students and instructors participated in the course:

Karen A. Ritzenhoff

Andrea Fiona Pearson

Ms. Colleen Elizabeth Brown

Ms. Alyssa Mazzarella

Ms. Victoria Frances Wojick

Mr. Jacob Henry Fried

Ms. Amy Elizabeth Gott

Ms. Elyse Marie Hart

Mr. Joseph Michael Dwonszyk

Ms. Hayley June Galasso

Ms. Chelsea Spring

Mr. Christopher Michael Burke

Ms. Julia Marie Sorensen

Mr. Joseph James Randazzo

Mr. Hunter Anthony Wanket

Mr. Wesley Merritt Kenworthy

Ms. Therese Elizabeth DeLucia

Mr. Kyle Jonathan Reynolds

Ms. Kristie-Leigh Palmer

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