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Previous Departmental Programs in History

Maymester 2015 – Dr. Yvonne Pitts will lead a multi-country tour focusing on the “Trans-Atlantic History of Sexualities.” Visits to New York, Paris, and Amsterdam will enable students to trace the complex history and identities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual communities. For more information, write to

Maymester 2015 – Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya will direct a Maymester course called “London – A Global City,” featuring two weeks on Purdue’s campus and two weeks in Britain’s dynamic capital city. The focus is on London as a crossroads: migrants, workers, students, expatriates, women, activists, artists, and refugees. For more information, write to (Click here for a flyer.)

Maymester 2016 – Dr. William Gray will return with students to Germany for a month on the Rhine. The course program involves an in-depth focus on how France and Germany fought for centuries, branding one another as “hereditary enemies.” It also considers how Franco-German friendship stood as a cornerstone of the European Union. Students will live with German guest families and embark on numerous field trips to battlefields, monuments, museums, and other remarkable sites.

Maymester 2016 – Dr. John Larson will lead students on an interdisciplinary tour of the English landscape, taught in conjunction with horticulturalist Michael Dana. Explore the rise of the English gentry, the landscape garden movement, the rise of Darwinism and plant science, and more! This course links social and political developments with changing land-use patterns, environmental history, science, and culture. Honors contract available!