Great European Journey
Take a grand tour of Europe on this popular journey, featuring rides on legendary trains in Alpine settings and a five-night cruise along the Rhine River, as well as visits to Cologne's magnificent Gothic cathedral and Heidelberg's 13th-century castle.
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John Sweets is Professor Emeritus of History, specializing in the Vichy France era, the French Resistance, and occupied France. He has taught 19th and 20th century European history at the University of Kansas, University College, Dublin (Ireland), The School of International Studies (Fort Bragg, NC), and at the Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon (France). John has received two NEH Fellowships for his research and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has authored many works on France, including The Politics of Resistance in France (1976) and Choices in Vichy France (1986), and has edited four volumes of The Proceedings of the Western Society for French History (1982-85). His other current research interests include a case study of the Lacemakers of Le Puy in the 19th century and an investigation of France and the Holocaust.
Dr. Carol Reynolds weaves history, humor, and high energy into everything she does. She has lived and taught in Germany at various times, starting in 1981. Her research interests include German Romanticism and the musical court of Frederick the Great. She founded and directed Southern Methodist University’s Study-in-Germany Program and enjoys leading tours, including a Rhine-Main-Danube Donors’ Tour for the University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina as well as Russian tours for The Dallas Symphony and The Dallas Opera. She is fluent in German and Russian and maintains a home in Weimar.
After her career as professor of Music History at SMU, Dr. Reynolds and her husband Hank moved to a ranch in North Central Texas. Surrounded by goats, dogs, and cows, she began designing multi-media Fine Arts curricula. Her popular Discovering Music: 300 Years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, and Culture (2009) has reached students across the world. In 2011 she released a cross-discipline course called Exploring America’s Musical Heritage. She is now creating a curriculum on the history of sacred music from Jewish Liturgy to 1600.
Dr. Reynolds is a staunch advocate of Arts Education at every stage of life and speaks regularly at educational conferences across the US. She is popular speaker for organizations like The Dallas Symphony, Van Cliburn Concerts, The Dallas Opera, Tulsa Symphony, Kimball Museum, Fort Worth Opera, San Francisco Wagner Society, The Davidson Institute, and The Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC. Dr. Reynolds is a frequent Smithsonian Journeys Expert and has led unforgettable journeys to Russia, the Baltics, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Germany.