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San Francisco: Rebels, Writers, & Rock & Roll


Students will explore the San Francisco Bay Area and its exciting cultural, social, and historical heritage.  In “tune” with the trip’s spotlight on “writers, rebels, and rock & roll,” we’ll visit sites associated with World War I imprisoned conscientious objectors, 1930s labor strikes, the Beat movement, the 1960s counterculture & radicalism, and neighborhoods associated with the city’s diverse social & ethnic heritage.  In addition, we’ll ride San Francisco’s iconic cable cars and experience much more, all with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.



Fisherman’s Wharf; Embarcadero; Ghirardelli Square; Alcatraz Island/prison; Angel Island (immigration station); City Lights Bookstore; Vesuvio café; Beat museum; Coit Tower (1930s murals influenced by Diego Rivera); Black Panther Party sites (Oakland). 


Chinatown; Japantown; North Beach (Beat; Italian); Castro District (LGBT); Haight Ashbury (hippies, Summer of Love, rock & roll).

Possible Excursions

Wine Country & Muir Woods; Mt. Tamalpais (where Beat poets and writers hiked and found refuge); Sausalito; Tanforan Assembly Center (WWII detention center for Americans of Japanese ancestry); and more.


For this program abroad students must register for one of the Spring 2022 courses listed below.  The trip to San Francisco will connect to the academic content of these courses and provide students with experiential learning.

GS300- San Francisco 7.5 Week1—Scott Bennett / Paul Cappucci (1 credit)

Additional courses: To be confirmed

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Scott Bennett –  Dr. Scott H. Bennett, professor of history, is a historian of the United States and contemporary global history.  He has an interest in U.S. rebels, reformers, & radicals and in war, peace, & society–and has published books and articles on antiwar dissent, peace activism, and radical pacifism.  For ten years, he taught in international schools in El Salvador, Italy, and Denmark, and, more recently, taught at Leiden University, in the Netherlands, for a semester.  He has led students on dozens of trips to sites of historical and cultural significance in Europe, Vietnam, and the mid-Atlantic region.  He believes that travel is a transformative experience.

Dr. Paul Cappucci – Dr. Paul Cappucci, professor of English, teaches courses in 19th and 20th century American literature.  In these courses, he encourages students to explore the ways that historical events inform writers and shape the works they create. Along with teaching courses in modern poetry, fiction, and drama, he also has taught a course on American war literature.  Besides his scholarly work on the modernist poet William Carlos Williams, he also has published journal articles that examine the representation of war in the work of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville.   He looks forward to sharing in the transformative impact this trip will have for all its participants.  

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