Washington, D.C., Fall 2021

Culture and Conflict: Faultlines in U.S. Cultural Identity

Spend seven days and six nights in Washington, D.C. examining a variety of dimensions and perspectives on U.S. national identity.

We will study the intersections of art, culture, and politics through the lens of cultural identity in the United States. We are in a time of unprecedented political and social division in which the search for belonging seems to confound conventional understandings of “American” identity. As such, we seek a variety of perspectives, both historical and contemporary, on the meanings of cultural and political identities.

We will visit a variety of major art, culture, history, and political institutions, museums, and monuments in this quest for understanding.

Trip Map

Trip Dates: Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2021


  • POS 215: Current Political Issues
  • ART 208: Culture Studies

Virtual (Zoom) Class meetings

  • Sept. 9 – Oct. 14 (Thursday evenings, 6:20-7:50pm)

Program Fee: $850

Includes lodging (double occupancy), ground transportation, activity fees, and two dinners.

Does not include airfare, other meals, CMC tuition.

In order to provide for efficiency and flexibility, you will purchase your own round-trip airfare to Washington D.C. The instructors will provide you with the recommended itinerary.

Application deadline: August 1, 2021

Forms / Documents

Application Form
Frequently Asked Questions
Program Participation Agreement

Trip Leaders

Gumbrecht, Bob

Robert Gumbrecht

Bob Gumbrecht, Ph.D.

Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Affiliated Faculty, Sustainability Studies

970-870-4484 | rgumbrecht@coloradomtn.edu

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Zyzda, Cynthia

Cynthia Zyzda

Cynthia Zyzda, MFA

Professor of Visual Arts and Humanities
Affiliated Faculty, Sustainability Studies

970-870-4432 | czyzda@coloradomtn.edu

Read more: Zyzda, Cynthia