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Modernity, Civility, and Morality

Sammy Syed There was a striking piece of writing I came across when in Vienna, the one at the NSK exhibition, titled “An Apology for Modernity.” It is…

Takeaways

Kaylen Alexis I’d like to start with a story… Several days into the trip, three students and I were leisurely strolling through the streets of Vienna, following our…

Vienna: An Exercise in Critical Thinking and Empathy

Emma Abrams It has been under two weeks since our small group of students and professors said goodbye and parted ways after our ten day trip in Vienna….

The Power of Perspective

Charlotte Smith In my mid-trip reflection, I spoke mainly about the contrast between my expectations prior to the trip and reality, as well as how learning more about…

Lessons from Vienna

Izman Suhail The Austrian presidential elections in December 2016 gave me an important insight into contemporary West European politics. Although independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen was eventually…

The Process of Change and Stability

Will Malloy When I last wrote, I discussed my perceptions of the differences that exist between collective national identities and a collective European identity, and how various manifestations…

Transformative Encounters: Meeting the People and Politics of 21st Century Austria

Emma Cardwell “There is no war here. No devastation. No destruction. Just by crossing a border, it’s so strange how the situation can change.” In the documentary The…

Between Moral Obligation and Political Will

Alyssa Bryan On our last evening in Vienna, we got together at a Viennese Heurige to reflect on the trip and say our goodbyes. During dinner, each student…

Final Thoughts on Vienna and the Far Right

EJ Canny This trip to Vienna was invaluable to my Davidson experience and education. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the trip, both in programming and in participants,…

Final Reflection, AJ Naddaff

Vienna, Austria— I joined Syrian artist Zinoun Hariri in his simple studio apartment where he has been living for the past decade. Personal paintings and untamed plants decorated…

Interrogating the Significance of Tradition

Emma Abrams After years of gazing at pictures of European splendor in disbelief, the Davidson in Vienna trip provided me with my first opportunity to see it in…

Mid-trip reflection

Sammy Syed Marc-Aurel-Straße 10 Coming into Vienna paints a scene of small cars, bikers on a commute, strollers on a walk, the tight streets, and apartment buildings in…

Live From The Field

Will Malloy Dr. Bruce Leimsidor, professor at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and former senior resettlement expert at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, was very frank in…

Mid-trip reflection

To Build A Home Hannah Thigpen I sent a message home to my companion and confidante: “I am luckier today than I’ve ever been.” I wrote these words…

Scattered Thoughts

Kaylen Alexis I find myself quite indecisive on the question of Vienna’s identity. Is Austria’s capital part of East or West Europe? In fact, there is no reason…

The Difficulties of Migration

Kelly Telljohann Before starting this trip, I knew that migration was a difficult task. We hear about migration on the news and the difficulties migrants face with predatory…

Trust and Turnstiles: U-Bahn Stations and Migration in Vienna

Alyssa Bryan One of the most surprising aspects about Vienna was the U-Bahn Stations. I was shocked by the stations’ lack of turnstiles and, thus, the implicit trust…

Outsiders in Austria: Refugees, Migrants, and a Polisci Student

Charlotte Smith On our second day in Vienna, our group met with Dr. Bruce Leimsidor. The lecture was hosted in the professors’ apartment, where we clustered around Dr….

Identity and the Spectrum of Migration

Claire Nieusma The elaborate and historical buildings lining the streets of Vienna make the city’s European ties and history immediately apparent. Its underlying political issues and tensions surrounding…

A Private Austrian Culture

Alice Johnson The reminder of the wealth and span of the Hapsburg Empire surrounds you as you walk throughout Vienna. Buildings with intricate molding and gold details emerge…

Café Culture

Caroline Roddey Sitting in Café Raimund – Charlotte, Alice, Claire and I’s favorite café that we’re now visiting for the second time – is a simple reminder of…

Learning about Market Citizenship

Izman Suhail During Dr. Deckard and Dr. Heslin’s lecture I began to realize that my understanding of “rights” was lacking an important element. I used to understand “rights”…

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