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The English Department at
the University of Virginia presents

The Culture of London:
Past and Present

Double-decker Bus

Suffice it to say, in the words of Virginia Woolf," London is enchanting. I step out upon a tawny coloured magic carpet, it seems, and get into beauty without lifting a finger." A magical academic adventure indeed, the Culture of London Program is an intensive summer program designed for students in the humanities and social sciences interested in encountering the rich culture of one of the world's great cities. Alongside a course of reading the literature, history and urban experience of London, the program will take full advantage of the extraordinary resources of the city. Through regular visits to theaters and galleries, museums and monuments, and streets and squares, students will have the opportunity to acquire not only an academic understanding of a complex culture, but also the powerfully immediate experience of personal discovery that is at the heart of international study. From the fiction of Dickens and Woolf to the paintings of the city's most contemporary artists, from the architecture of Christopher Wren to concerts in St. Martin's in the Fields, from the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum to the intense life of contemporary British drama--the power of such texts, events and episodes can only be felt within the immediate physical context of a city that has been fairly called a "work of art." (Newsweek preferred the phrase "the world's coolest city.")

The year 2000 has seen a spectacular change in the face of London. The Tate Gallery opened a new gallery of modern art next to the recently reconstructed Globe Theatre; the world's largest ferris wheel stands on the banks of the Thames, giving views of the entire metropolis; a new pedestrian bridge links the cultural centers of the South Bank to St. Paul's across the river.

English and American instructors jointly lead the month-long course of study that continually moves from the classroom into the rich urban surroundings. Students will study London's architecture by standing within such glorious buildings as the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Abbey. They will study paintings by sitting before them in the Tate or National Galleries. They will study literature while following the paths walked by fictional characters and history while occupying the spot where history was made.

Housed in Regent's College in the heart of London's most beautiful park, the participants will have full use of the college's well appointed facilities: tennis courts, exercise room, library, art gallery, computer services, and dining hall. In addition to the excursions that are part of the formal program, students can rely on the Regent's College staff to arrange weekend visits to such sites as Bath, Oxford, and Stratford-upon-Avon.

The directors of the program, Professors Stephen Cushman and Michael Levenson, teach in the Department of English at the University of Virginia. Passionately committed to the value of international study, Professors Cushman and Levenson will be satisfied with nothing less than a student exhilaration that can match their own.

For more information simply send email to

Or contact:

Stephen Cushman: Bryan Hall 441;; 924-6676

Michael Levenson: Bryan Hall 202c;; 924-6615

Danny Siegel (assistant):; 984-3173

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