Paris, Berlin, and Washington DC

From Sunday, July 18 until Friday, July 23 Lawrence University’s Björklunden is offering three seminars: “Musical Postcards from Paris,” “Berlin up Close and Personal,” and “The Media in Washington.” The seminars will take place at Björklunden’s lodge, just south of Baileys Harbor.

Pianist Catherine Kaustsky, a former professor and chair of UW-Madison, will teach “Musical Postcards from Paris.” Participants will examine the music of Debussy and Ravel in relation to the impressionist painters and symbolist writers of the early 20th century in Paris.

“Berlin up Close and Personal” will feature two former senior U.S. diplomats, Jon Greenwald and Todd Becker, joined by their German wives, Gaby Greenwald and Christa Becker – one couple from the West Germany, the other from East Germany. The class will study Berlin as a symbol of the Cold War and provide human context to the struggle as the couples present both personal and professional experiences. Each participant will receive a small piece of the Berlin Wall.

A veteran author and news correspondent, Douglas Waller, an author and former correspondent for TIME and Newsweek magazines, will teach “The Media in Washington.” The class will take participants behind the scenes in Washington DC for a revealing look at how the media covers the political news.

Seminar classes meet weekday mornings and some evenings. Each seminar includes meals prepared by Björklunden’s resident chef.

For complete course descriptions, fees, and registration dates call 920.839.2216 or visit