SCF Students Learn About World War II While Studying Abroad in Western Europe

(Bradenton, Fla., August 1, 2019)Eleven students from State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) traveled to Western Europe for 10 days this summer to study World War II history and to participate in the ceremonies commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. The journey included guided tours, educational workshops, and visits to places of significance, including the Imperial War Museum, the HMS Belfast, Bletchley Park and the memorial at Omaha Beach.

The group, led by Michael Rogers, SCF associate professor of history and politics, visited London and Portsmouth in England and the Normandy Region, Rouen and Paris in France. The trip was part of SCF’s study abroad summer term program. Students attending the trip were required to keep journals, write a paper and conduct a class presentation relating to their travels.

“It was an extraordinary journey across England and France,” Rogers said. “Students saw many of the same historic places and monuments we learn about in the classroom. It’s a way of bringing history to life.”

The defining moment of the trip was being present at the Normandy American National Cemetery to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasions. More than 15,000 attendees gathered for a ceremony that included remarks from U.S. President Donald Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France honoring the sacrifice of veterans. The students had the rare opportunity to meet dozens of World War II veterans, including many survivors of the D-Day invasion.

Rogers plans to organize a 10-day trip to Italy and Greece in 2020, during which students will trace the footsteps of gladiators in the Roman Colosseum and Greek philosophers in the Acropolis, and to take in a variety of art, including Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon of ancient Rome and the Temple of Athena Nike on the Acropolis of Athens.

SCF Students STudy Abroad June 2019

SCF students and faculty at Normandy American National Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, June 6, 2019: Cherish Crittendon, Lauren Foxworthy, Rachel Hyde, Yannim Kavis, Victoria Parris, Donna Peregoff, Julia Peteritis, Valentin Trastenok, Katie Tucker, Bryant John Uyam, Michael Kavis, Theresa Smith-Ennis, Supervisor of SCF Venice campus library, and Michael Rogers, SCF associate professor of history and politics.

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