Features Features (News) — 21 July 2014
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Taylor, Ruane Lead WWII-based Tour Across Europe

The group at the Omaha Beach D-Day monument in Normandy.

Robert Taylor, associate dean of the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts, and Matthew Ruane, an instructor in the college’s School of Arts and Communication, guided 14 people across Western Europe in May to see pivotal points in World War II history in what organizers called the March to Victory Tour.

The 10-day trip, hosted by the university’s Lifelong Scholar Society, started in Normandy, and the group followed the campaigns of WWII, traveling west through the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg before ending at the famed Eagle’s Nest in Germany.

Noteworthy stops included Napoleon’s Tomb in Paris, Omaha Beach in Normandy, Bastogne in Belgium and Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial in Munich.

Taylor and Ruane are planning for a new trip tentatively scheduled for May 2015. Beginning in London instead of Normandy, the tour will also follow a westward path across Europe and conclude at the Eagle’s Nest.

As they did this year, Taylor and Ruane will split educational topics between each region, and both will lecture. \”You can read about historic places, you can see photographs, you can see video, but there’s absolutely no substitute for going and seeing it yourself,” Taylor said.

Airport transportation – but not airfare – and bus service throughout the tour will be included in the cost, along with hotels, excursion fees and some meals. More information is available from Continuing Education by emailing conted@fit.edu.

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