Salzburg Global Seminar: Lessons in "Global Citizenship”

Published: April 26, 2012

Salzburg Global SeminarStaying at the Schloss Leopoldskron, where The Sound of Music was filmed; attending lectures by world-renowned scholars; and walking through an infamous concentration camp—these were some of the powerful experiences that Queensborough students had during their recent Salzburg Global Seminar trip to Austria.

The 51st International Study Program on Global Citizenship included 27 students from three CUNY community colleges: Bronx, Kingsborough, and Queensborough. The central theme of the 2012 program was Global Citizenship: At Home and in the World.  This is the fourth year in which selected QCC students received scholarships to participate in the prestigious program, which is funded by the QCC Fund Board, Inc.

In addition to strolling the famous grounds where Maria and Captain von Trapp fell in love on film, students heard distinguished speakers such as Dr. Peter Rose, Smith College; Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair at the University of Toronto; and Dr. Hedwig C. Rose, who has served on the faculties of Smith College, University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College, and Wesleyan University.

The trip included a tour of the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.

"This particular experience had a lasting impact on all of us,” said Oluwadamisi (Kay) Atanda, president of Queensborough’s Student Government Association. “We learned about the importance of empathy, ethnocentrism, and the history of the Holocaust. We were fortunate to be housed in a beautiful castle, network with other CUNY students and interact with renowned intellectuals. It was a journey I shall always cherish.”

The QCC faculty advisors who have accompanied students during the past four years include Dr. Thomas Gerson, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department (ECET); Dr. Mark Van Ells, History; Professor Alexandra Tarasko, Nursing; and Dr. Lorena Ellis, Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Salzburg Global Seminar 

Pictured from left: Oluwadamisi (Kay) Atanda, Michele Borg, Denise Reyna, Austin Tayler, Dr. Lorena Ellis, Leilani Blira-Koessler, Maria Canon, Sebastien Delva, and Katherine Avalos.

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