Episode 5: Taking the Basketball Team to Auschwitz: New Models for Off-Campus Study

Postcard Pedagogy

Dec 23 2020 • 11 mins

College athletes are among the students least likely to study abroad—at least in the traditional sense. This episode presents a new model for how liberal arts colleges might engage partner organizations to design impactful international experiences for athletes.

My guest for this episode is Dr. Amanda Caleb is Professor of English and Medical and Health Humanities at Misericordia University in Pennsylvania. She also serves as an educational consultant for the Maimonidies Institute for Medicine, Ethics, and the Holocaust. Caleb is a former Division I athlete and graduate of Davidson College. In 2018, she partnered with Davidson College Men’s Basketball Coach Bob McKillop, the Maimonidies Institute, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor to take the Davidson College Men’s Basketball team on an impactful three-day trip to Auschwitz and Birkenau.

In the interview, Caleb references Ray Allen’s 2017 essay, “Why I Went to Auschwitz” which appeared in The Players’ Tribune.


This episode features music from the following artists from the Free Music Archive:

Podington Bear, “Sunset Stroll Into the Wood”
Chad Crouch, “Lilac”
Chad Crouch, “Ginger”
Chad Crouch, “Cross Stitch” (repeated three times)