FR/JST 197: France and the Holocaust in Film and Literature
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Casey Sennett

Liberal Arts Major(s): Anthropology, Jewish Studies
Hometown: Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience aboard was being able to meet with Holocaust survivors. While we had learned about the events of the Holocaust in class, it paled in comparison to the accounts of the survivors we met. It is one thing to learn about the events of the Holocaust, and it is another to hear accounts from survivors and have the opportunity to ask them questions. With so few survivors remaining, it is extremely important to hear their stories and transmit them to future generations. It was humbling to have the opportunity to meet and speak with them.

While I love learning in class, this trip showed me how important it is to learn inside and outside of the classroom

How did this experience impact you academically?

While I love learning in class, this trip showed me how important it is to learn inside and outside of the classroom. It was amazing to have the opportunity to visit sites we learned about in class. This trip showed me that I should not stop learning about a subject in class or through homework, I need to expand my knowledge and continue learning about subject matter outside of a classroom setting.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience allowed me to learn more about the conservation and preservation of history. We visited many different memorials and museums in Paris, and it was interesting to see how France preserved the history of the Holocaust and the Resistance. It is important to remember history, but it is also important to have an accurate historical record at these sites. Many Holocaust and Resistance plaques and monuments in France, however, were not historically accurate. This trip made me realize how much I value an accurate historical record and how I want to advocate for these errors to be corrected.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The weekly Paterno Fellows’ newsletter informed me about this amazing embedded course. Prior to this particular newsletter I did not know what embedded courses were, let alone where they went or what they did. Thanks to Paterno Fellows I was able to take FR/JST 197 and pursue the embedded portion in Paris.

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