AP European History Adventure in New York City

Several weeks ago, Ms. Sarah Doenmez’s AP European History class took a trip to New York City. They spent two nights there; on the first day, they traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to look at, in particular, art between Impressionism and Cubism, visited the Morgan Library, and attended a screening of a film on Mary Shelley at the Tribeca Film Festival. They also enjoyed a ton of walking—they walked from 58th to 85th Street in Central Park—gloriously bright, colorful, and cool—that first day! The next day, they explored the United Nations and the 9/11 Memorial, by way of Wall Street and Federal Hall.

“The city itself and the places we visited were emblematic of what we’ve been studying in the late 19th century as the modern city took shape—parks, commuter trains, museums,” says Doenmez. “In relation to later the UN, for example, is one of those representations of transnational identity and the post-WWII order.”

The Spark of Intellectual Curiosity: The History Department and This Meeting of the American Historical Association

During the last week of winter break, while the snow forecast looked increasingly ominous, the temperatures plummeted, and the winds began to howl, many in the Dublin area readied themselves for work days inside, fortified by walls of snow. 

Dublin’s History Department—Mr. Lindsay Brown, Department Chair, along with Ms. Sarah Doenmez, Academic Dean, Ms. Michelle Knapp, History Instructor and ESL Director, Mr. Rodrigo Villaamil, History Instructor, and Mr. Brooks Johnson, History Instructor and Dean of Students—braved the subzero weather and took off for Washington, D.C. At first, their flight was canceled, but they were very determined to get to their destination; in fact, most of them left Dublin at 4 am, driving through the snow-slicked streets, to make their rescheduled flight. 

Wondering and Wandering: The Adventures of Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta, a Moroccan scholar who lived from 1304-1368 or 1369, may not be an historical figure that most high school students encounter. Battuta, however, has many stories worth exploring and studying; he—over a period of thirty years—visited most of the Islamic world and many non-Muslim lands, as well, during the medieval period. His travels reached North Africa, West Africa, the Middle East, India, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, China, and more. He dictated an account of his journeys, A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Travelling, which many historians consult today.

When Mr. Lindsay Brown, History Department Chair at Dublin School, first learned about Ibn Battuta, he was captivated by the stories that Battuta told and the many details his rich historical account provides.

In the Classroom - Eduard Hristache on Growing Up in Communist Rumania

Emil Hristache’s (Peterborough, NH) father, Eduard, grew up in Rumania.  He was 15 years old when the communist regime of Nicolae Ceaușescu fell.  He recently visited Ms. Doenmez’s AP European History class to talk about the contrast between the promise of communism and the reality as he experienced it.