Your Wabash Trip Leaders

Professor of History Michelle Rhoades and Communications Howard Hewitt will lead the Wabash Alumni & Friends travel group to France.

Since arriving at Wabash College in the fall of 2002, Michelle Rhoades has taught a variety of history courses focused on the European past. These include surveys and intensive research seminars on France, World War I, Nazi Germany, medical history, and European gender and sexuality. Having lived and worked in Paris, Rouen, Bordeaux, and Aix-en-Provence she knows the value of foreign study and remains a proponent of off-campus study for students. She has taken Wabash students to France on four different occasions to allow them to study the country’s language, culture, and history. An accomplished baker and die-hard foodie, she spends many weekends crafting artisanal breads and pastries.

As a professional historian, Michelle continues her studies of French gender and cultural history. Her current work explores how municipal authorities in nineteenth-century Bordeaux attempted to curb the spread of disease and improve public morality in the city. Her past work on venereal disease, prostitution, and the French military has appeared in the academic journals French Historical Studies and the Proceedings of the Western Society for French History.

Howard has made the arrangements and will lead the group during the visit to the Languedoc from our home base of Montpellier. When Howard is not busy in the Communications & Marketing Office or as Bachelor Advisor, he has developed a passion for wine in his free time.

He visited France three times in 2012, including trips to the Languedoc, Bordeaux, and most recently Chablis.

Howard’s print column Grape Sense appears in 22 printed publications reaching Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. The combined circulation now reaches more than 300,000 homes monthly. He also maintains a wine blog, does a quarterly column for an Anderson-based lifestyle magazine, is a contributor to the national online wine magazine Palate Press, and is an occasional contributor to the Organic Wine Journal.

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