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Barbara Whitehead

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Barbara J. Whitehead is the A. W. Crandall Professor of History at DePauw University and former Chair of the History Department. She earned her AB in History at Harvard University and her PhD in History from Bryn Mawr College. This educational background fostered a love of early modern Europe that has been the focus of her teaching and writing for over thirty years. At DePauw, Barbara has developed a broad spectrum of courses centered on European history ranging from the Viking Age and Crusades to the European witch hunts, the French Revolution, and the history of happiness. Her research in intellectual history has led to an edited volume on early modern women’s education and publications on forgotten figures of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. In addition to leading over fifteen academic tours of Europe, Barbara has served as the on-site director of the American Colleges of the Midwest Central European Studies Program in the Czech Republic, where she taught European history. She also taught in the Danish International Studies Program in Copenhagen as a visiting professor. In addition to living in the Czech Republic and Denmark, Barbara has also lived in Rome and Paris.

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- Jean C., France and Spain's Basque Region: A One Week Stay

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Normandy: A One-Week Stay in France

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During the 80th Anniversary Year of D-Day
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Treasures of Southern Spain and Portugal

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Featuring Historic Paradores and Pousadas
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France Through the Ages

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A River Cruise through Burgundy and Provence

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A Seine River Cruise: Paris to Normandy

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