University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Envisioning the City: Dublin

Spring Semester 2013 honors seminar with study tour to Dublin, Ireland

This seminar provides an examination of how cities have been portrayed over the centuries by artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and cartographers.  Using primary sources from the 15th century to the present in the Archives & Rare Books Library, field research in Cincinnati as an experiential laboratory, and study abroad in Dublin, students will discover how the structures and human diversity of urban live are developed and how they influence our cultural view of cities.


Tentative Itinerary (subject to change)

Students will travel to Dublin over spring break to visit sites in this Old World city and to engage in activities that will allow them to compare and contrast urban history and culture.

March 16
Depart CVG for Dublin via New York (afternoon and overnight flight)
March 17
Arrive in Dublin early morning.  Check-in and brief rest. Tour St. Stephen’s Green and the Merrion Square Open Air Art weekly show; the rest of the day, students may explore at their leisure and enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in the city.
March 18
Docent-led tour of National Museum of History.  Tour of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church.  Theme: How Dublin has developed under different religions and cultures.
March 19
Tour of Kilmainham Gaol. Tour of St. James Gate and the Guinness Brewery. Theme: How the experiences of urban history and culture are portrayed in buildings and monuments, as well as how neighborhoods reflect a created vision of the city.
March 20
Day tour of the wild Wicklow Mountains, the misty glen of Glendalough, and the magnificent Powerscourt House and Gardens.
March 21
Docent-led tour of Trinity College and Book of Kells.  Tour of the Temple Bar neighborhood, and the National Photographic Archive.  Cross the Liffey River to Dublin’s Northside neighborhood.  Theme: How urban artistic impressions become part of a city’s sense of itself.
March 22
Day tour of County Kildare and Ireland’s beautiful horse country at the Irish National Stud Farm and Gardens.  Theme: How urban life maintains an experiential connection to rural culture.
March 23
Return to CVG (morning flight).

Depending on scheduling, evening activities may include attending a play at the historic Abbey Theatre; a horse race at the Leopardstown Race Course outside Dublin; or visiting pubs with traditional music. Students will be afforded free time for shopping and sightseeing on their own.

Course Information

Course details:

     •  Course number is HNRS3064

     •  Meets Saturdays 10:00 AM to 12:50 PM.

     •  Course Attributes: H, I

     •  BoK: HP, SS

     •  Credit hours: 3 to 4

     •  Honors Seminar

Course Director:

Kevin Grace, Head of the Archives & Rare Books Library, with research and collection responsibilities in rare books, urban studies, institutional and government materials, and multicultural documentation; University Archivist; and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the University Honors Program and in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH).



The application for this seminar is now closed.

UC undergraduate students 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.



Total expected cost paid to UC is $2100. The actual cost for UC is $2800, but this will be offset by a $700 grant from University Honors, making the actual total expected cost around $2100. All participants will receive the grant.

Costs include airfare, accommodations, some ground transportation, group dinner, tours and guides, entrance fees, and a program fee (which covers faculty costs).

Costs do not include baggage fees, passports, ISIC, insurance (travel/medical), meals other than that listed above), some ground transportation, or other personal expenses.

Students are required 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.

Participants can apply for grants from UC International.



All participants must have a valid passport. Passport must be valid for 6 months after travel. Passport costs are the responsibility of the student.


Vaccinations and Health Precautions

Contact your physician to discuss what vaccinations and health precautions are recommended, if any.  All participants should carefully read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage for Ireland.



Contact Program Director Kevin Grace or André Durham in University Honors.

When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart
-James Joyce