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"Nasty, Brutish & Short": How the Enlightenment Gave Us the Modern World and Transformed Our Lives
Fall semester 2012 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 dates are expected to be December 12 - December 23, 2012.
December 12 - Depart CVG for London Heathrow (overnight flight)
December 13 - Arrive London Heathrow; day at leisure to explore London; opening dinner at the Oxford & Cambridge Club, 7:00 p.m.
December 14, in London -
December 15, in London -
December 16, in London -
December 17, in London -
December 18, in London -
December 19, travel to Cambridge -
December 20, in Cambridge -
December 21, in Cambridge -
December 22, travel to London -
December 23, travel home -
The application for this seminar is now closed.
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 $3500** per student, based on 20 students.
**University Honors will provide each student with an $800 honors grant, making the actual expected cost $2700.
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/medical), some meals (any not listed above), some ground transportation, immunizations, 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.
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.
Contact Debbie Brawn (email@example.com) in University Honors.
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.