University of California - Davis: Paris - Americans in Paris

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  • Location(s): Paris, France
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad

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Thomas Jefferson wrote that, “[A] walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” We will explore the city that mesmerized both Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, who were the first Americans in Paris. We ... read more

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Thomas Jefferson wrote that, “[A] walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” We will explore the city that mesmerized both Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, who were the first Americans in Paris. We will examine why writers, from Thomas Jefferson to James Baldwin, wrote about Paris, why jazz musicians Sidney Bêchet and Cole Porter composed music in Paris, why Josephine Baker danced in Paris, and why filmmakers such as Sophia Coppola and Woody Allen have featured Paris in their films. We will learn to read the city and report on its culture from the vantage point of young 21st-century Americans in Paris, and ask whether, still, as F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “[the] best of America drifts to Paris,” and “The American in Paris is the best American.”

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Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
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