The Winter 2023 program at the London Centre, directed by Jamin Rowan (Department of English) and Mat Duerden (Department of Experience Design and Management), offers students an immersive and experiential educational opportunity designed to elevate their curiosity and creativity. Students will deepen their curiosity and creativity through a program that integrates experience design, storytelling, design thinking, and urban studies. As students explore London’s ethnically and religiously diverse neighborhoods, immerse themselves in the city’s theatre and music scenes, eat their way through London’s markets and restaurants, bike across the rolling hills and golden stone structures of the Cotswolds, coasteer on Cornwall’s rugged coast, and hike in Wordsworth’s stunning Lake District, they will learn to think critically about what it means to design and live a good life as well as to make sense of a complex world through the stories that we tell about ourselves.
While students will satisfy four GE requirements (Global & Cultural Awareness, Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences), they will experience their coursework as a single, integrated class co-taught by Professors Rowan and Duerden. This course will culminate in eight unique London experiences that student groups design for each other, experiences that will connect students to London’s rich cultural history and vibrant communities. Every part of the program—whether it be participating in one of Secret Cinema’s immersive cinematic experiences, taking a one-day crash course in improv, learning about design thinking at London’s Design Museum, or attending a Queens Park Rangers football match—will help students design and deliver a transformative London experience for their classmates. We will spend as little time as possible in the classroom and as much time as we can in one of the world’s greatest cities. London will be our classroom and textbook.