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Gordon College Launches Salzburg Institute to Explore Christian Thought and Culture

The Salzburg Institute of Gordon College connects two of the most culturally rich cities on both sides of the Atlantic: Salzburg and Boston.

October 12, 2010
by Jo Kadlecek

Salzburg, Austria: the city where Mozart was born, where The Sound of Music was filmed and where one of Europe’s most prestigious theater and music festivals is held each year. Also home to historic monasteries and churches, Salzburg symbolizes the intersection of religious influence with artistic excellence, making it the ideal setting for Gordon College’s newest interdisciplinary program for cultural engagement.

The Salzburg Institute of Gordon College Summer School, which coincides with the famous Salzburg Festival, launches its inaugural courses July 8–August 12, 2011. Open to Christian college students from across the U.S., the Salzburg Institute Summer School is designed for undergraduates interested in music, visual arts, history, literature, German, philosophy, theater, communication arts, and biblical studies. Students can earn up to eight undergraduate credits while participating in guided excursions throughout Salzburg as well as Vienna.

“Salzburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and one of the most significant cultural centers in the world, “ said Gregor Thuswaldner, associate professor of German and Linguistics at Gordon and co-director of The Salzburg Institute. “It made sense to combine a quality academic program in the context of this renowned setting.”

Located near the center of Salzburg, the summer program features quality housing, exceptional faculty, artists in residence and cross-cultural opportunities for scholarship and artistic interaction. The purpose of The Salzburg Institute of Gordon College is to examine how the study of artistic and cultural expressions and their intersections with Christian intellectual thought relate to contemporary issues.

“The works of so many great artists and musicians in Europe have shaped both the Church and Western culture,” said Thomas Brooks, professor of music at Gordon and co-director of The Salzburg Institute. “We wanted to make these traditions accessible to American students while also hosting influential intellectuals, artists and musicians. This is an exciting academic opportunity for students to engage in the culture and broaden their understanding of the Christian faith.”


Gordon College is a multidenominational Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences on Boston’s North Shore, offering majors in 36 fields with graduate programs in education and music education. Gordon is nationally recognized for excellence in academics and in character building, and ranks as one of the nation’s top Christian colleges. www.gordon.edu