“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Our program will be unique in your educational experience, giving you the opportunity to develop “new eyes” with which to see the world. We 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 and Ireland. 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, and other sites. We will also travel to Ireland and Northern Ireland, and there will be occasional free days for independent group travel.
“Travel,” in fact, will be both what we do and what we study—our thematic focus throughout the semester will be on the relationship between travel, as a mode of experiencing and constructing the world, and the history and culture of British imperialism. The routes, sites, diverse peoples, and layered histories of the British Isles will be our focus as we seek to better understand the former empire and, in the process, ourselves as travelers and students of culture and history. We will seek, in other words, not simply new landscapes but new eyes. We look forward to sharing this journey with you!