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"Nasty, Brutish & Short": How the Enlightenment Gave Us the Modern World and Transformed Our Lives
Fall semester 2014 honors seminar with study tour to the United Kingdom!
For nearly all of human history, life, as Thomas Hobbes observed, was “nasty, brutish and short.” This began to change in some of the lands of Northern Europe during the 18th century, the era known as the Enlightenment. This interdisciplinary course will focus on the developments of that era, especially as they were experienced in Great Britain. It will examine the evolution of the Enlightenment and its importance to the emergence of the modern world, with a focus on its themes of scientific and technological progress, improved living standards, accountable government, individual human rights, and the revolutionary role of arts and culture in social progress.
Students will travel to the United Kingdom, a "cradle land" of the Enlightenment, to visit sites associated with the Enlightenment and meet with representatives of institutions that continue to promote it.
Travel will occur at the end of Fall Semester 2014.
Day 1 - Depart CVG for London Heathrow (overnight flight)
Day 2 - Arrive London Heathrow; day at leisure to explore London; opening dinner at the Oxford & Cambridge Club, 7:00 p.m.
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Day 8, travel to Cambridge -
Day 9, in Cambridge -
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Day 11, travel to London -
Day 12, travel home -
The application for this seminar will be posted in late 13FS.
UC undergraduates who are not in the University Honors Program are welcome and encouraged to apply, provided the student has a cumulative university GPA of 3.4 or above. Graduate students are not eligible to enroll.
Estimated cost is to be determined, but is highly contingent on airfare.
Costs include airfare, accommodations, some ground transportation, some meals (breakfast in London and Cambridge, dinners in Cambridge, two group dinners in London), tours and guides, entrance fees, speakers, and a program fee (which covers faculty costs).
Costs do not include baggage fees, passport, ISIC card, insurance (travel), some meals (any not listed above), some ground transportation, immunizations, or other personal expenses.
Students are encouraged to purchase an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) from UC International for $25 or show proof of other insurance. This is not included in the total expected cost.
In order to travel outside the United States, you will need to have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your return; for this course, that means June 2015. To find the forms you need to apply for or renew your passport, go to the Passport page on the US State Department's website. New passports regualrly cost $135 while renewals cost $110.
UC encourages that all students have an International Student Identification Card (ISIC). UC International has information regarding how to obtain an ISIC. ISICs are $25.
Vaccinations and Health Precautions
Contact your physician to discuss what vaccinations and heath precautions are recommended, if any. All participants should carefully read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's webpage for the United Kingdom.
And from my pillow,
looking forth by light
Of moon or favouring stars,
I could behold
The antechapel where the statue stood
Of Newton with his prism and silent face,
The marble index of a mind for ever
...Voyaging through strange seas
of Thought, alone.