Intertwining Disciplines with Science and Technology in France: Yesterday and Today

CWRU students toured the labs of Marie Curie and explored the modern facilities of CERN recently, during a new study abroad summer course introduced in Summer 2019: “Science and Technology in France: Yesterday and Today”. Listed as FRCH 328, with world literature (WLIT 328) and women and gender studies (WGST 328) cross-listings, the course highlighted interdisciplinary collaboration, with faculty sharing their expertise to offer a transformative experience for our students.

Charles Rosenblatt, a professor in the Department of Physics and the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Condensed Matter Physics, and Cheryl Toman, professor of French and chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the director of Women’s and Gender Studies, designed a course where students visited important sites in French scientific history, as well as modern science facilities. The course is an exploration of the development of science and technology in France, its rise in the 18th and 19th century, its subsequent decline until mid-20th century, and its more recent renaissance – from both a scientific and humanities perspective.

“I am a firm believer that interdisciplinary Study Abroad programs foster deep learning, critical thinking, and meaningful connections,” says Angela Miller, CWRU director of education abroad.

CWRU students post at the SOLEIL synchrotron

CWRU students post at the SOLEIL synchrotron. Photo credit: Kevin Lu and Rachel Robertson