Our program will focus on experiential learning in the arts, literature, history, and politics of western civilization as they are represented and preserved in the United Kingdom. Our classrooms and texts will be the sites of London and beyond. We will visit some of the most iconic places in the city: from Parliament to St. Paul’s, from the theatres to the museums, from the Tower of London to Platform 9 ¾, to name just a few. Beyond London, we will visit the Lake District, Edinburgh, Bath, Brighton, Cambridge, Dover, and many other areas.
Throughout the semester we will study the long and complicated relationship between the ancient world and the UK. Both subjects of the Roman empire and, later, the empire’s imitators, the British Isles cannot be understood fully without understanding ancient Greece and Rome; and neither the ancient world nor the modern world it created can be understood fully without understanding war. In our readings and visits, then, we will examine the nature of war, its ideological dimensions, and real-world consequences. This will bring us into a deep and ongoing conversation in literature, art, music, history, law, politics, religion, sociology, healthcare, and more, all of which will help us better understand these former empires and, in the process, ourselves as members of the human race.