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Faculty and Staff

2012 European Odyssey faculty members will offer an array of courses designed to enhance your European experience while advancing your degree program. Extensive travel experience, foreign language skills and a sensitivity to the inexperienced student living abroad are common characteristics of our specially selected Odyssey staff. The European Odyssey program has attracted some of our university's most experienced and committed faculty, teaching some of its most innovative curriculum.  


Meet Your Professors!

Dr. John Minniear

Professor Emeritus of Music and Liberal Studies / Co Director of the European Odyssey Program

As a long time and now officially "retired" member of the UW Oshkosh faculty, I am looking forward to joining you all for the entire European Odyssey adventure. I have a passion for traveling and teaching "on site." In my courses, we will be exploring the social aspects of the arts (both spatial and temporal) as well as the values of the cultures of our locales, from ancient times to the present. It is, indeed, a privilege to share with students in their "Wows !!" that are a daily occurrence during this true odyssey of adventure and discovery.

Dr. Heike Alberts

Associate Professor of Geography / Co Director of the European Odyssey Program

I was born and raised in divided Berlin, and in my opinion, Berlin is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. I look forward to teaching you about the geography of Europe. I was trained as a geographer in both Germany and the US and my research focuses on migration and urban issues in Europe and the Americas. I have a wide variety of interests and I love to explore new places and getting to know new people. I travel as much as I can and really enjoy teaching!


Dr. Monika Hohbein-Deegen

Associate Professor of German and International Studies

Growing up in former East Germany, I attended the Friedrich-Schiller-Universit├Ąt in Jena, studying English, German, and German as a second language. During that time, I experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall and the opening of the inner-German borders in 1989. After graduating in Jena, I taught German as a second language for several years at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and the University of Cincinnati where I received my Ph.D. in German literature. I have been teaching German at UWO since September 2003. I am looking forward to teaching you about the years following World War II from German separation to unification and the present in Berlin, Potsdam, and Leipzig.


Dr. Larry Carlin

Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy
I have hosted study abroad programs to the United Kingdom since 2003, and I am looking forward to my first year as a member of the European Odyssey team. I received my Ph.D. from Rice University, where I focused on seventeenth and eighteenth century philosophy and science. In my Odyssey course, we will study seventeenth century British philosophy, and our studies will take us on many adventures in England. I look forward to our immersion in the English culture and to exploring the works of the great thinkers that helped launch the intellectual revolution of the seventeenth century.


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