Transnational Classroom

Transnational Classroom: 
Overcoming National Borders through Digital Connectivity

Vassar Refugee Solidarity needs your help for an exciting pilot to show that shared learning and understanding cannot be stopped by walls and borders. 

Together with 6 students at Vassar College, Vassar Professor Maria Höhn will be teaching a six-week "pop-up history class" with Syrian refugee students in Berlin. Together they will explore the city of Berlin and its complicated landscape of memory and commemoration (related to the Nazi past and the country's division during the Cold War).

The $3,000 will buy refurbished Ipads for the refugee students so they can skype in with the American students, and take Vassar students on virtual tours of the city and its many memorials dedicated to WWII and Holocaust as well as the division of the country after 1945.

The Ipads will be kept for future classes with Vassar's Berlin partner Schüler Treffen Flüchtlinge (STS: Students Meeting Refugees).

I first became friends with Maria when I was raising funds to help refugees resettling in the Hudson Valley. I have consistently been impressed and touched by her commitment to increasing the dialogue between refugees and the citizens of their adopted homeland and enthusiastically support her latest project. I will be transferring 100% of the funds raised to Maria when we reach or get close to our goal.

The funds will be transferred into Maria's bank account and she will post receipts to verify how the funds were used. Thank you for your support!

Donations ()

  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 25 mos
  • Margrit Schreier 
    • $20 
    • 25 mos
  • Ute Ritzenhofen 
    • $50 
    • 25 mos
  • Heike Bloom 
    • $200 
    • 25 mos
  • Adalbert Wilhelm 
    • $50 
    • 25 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Julie Shiroishi 
Beacon, NY
Maria Hoehn 
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