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2021 Social Studies Tour

Welcome to the program overview of the TOP 2021 virtual study tour for social studies educators. Just like during a study tour in Germany, all events are tentative. Once an event is confirmed, it will become clickable with additional event information and Zoom registration.

We look forward to seeing you on our virtual journey this summer!

WEEK 1: JULY 6-8

German Ballot

July 6, 11:00 AM EDT

Kick-off event with a special welcome by the German Embassy Washington followed by a Professor Wolf Wagner presentation about the September 2021 Bundestag elections.

Geographic Information Systems

July 7, 3:00 PM EDT
Workshop: Inspired by Germany

TOP Alumni present strategies for teaching contemporary Germany in the classroom using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Susan Neiman

July 8, 11:00 AM EDT
Q&A with Susan Neiman

TOP Alumni lead a discussion with Susan Neiman about her groundbreaking book, "Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil".

WEEK 2: JULY 13-15

Online Seminar Panel Discussion

July 13, 11:00 AM EDT
Transatlantic Educator Discussion

TOP Alumni and their German counterparts discuss teaching sensitive topics during politically turbulent times.

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

July 14, 11:00 AM EDT

A virtual tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.


July 15, 11:00 AM EDT

A discussion about multiculturalism in contemporary Germany.

WEEK 3: JULY 20-22

Yaşar Aydın

July 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Guest Workers

A discussion about the legacy and impact of Turkish guestworkers 60 years after their arrival in Germany.

Berlin Wall Art

July 21, 3:00 PM EDT
Workshop: Inspired by Germany

When Walls Become Canvases. Public spaces make for convenient canvases. Participants will learn through doing by creating their own portion of the Berlin Wall.

Berlin Wall

July 22, 11:00 AM EDT
The Berlin Wall

A discussion about the history and legacy of the Berlin Wall, some sixty years after it was first constructed on August 13, 1961.

WEEK 4: JULY 27-29

Reichstag Dome

July 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Political Parties

A discussion with young German members of various political parties about voting rights, the upcoming election, and transatlantic relations.


July 28, 3:00 PM EDT
Workshop: IDM

A workshop about the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) and how to author TOP lessons.

Döner Macht Schöner

July 29, 11:00 AM EDT
Exploring Culture Through Food

Exploring contemporary German multiculturalism through food.