Academics: A Semester Abroad in England
September 18, 2007
by Dr. Gordon Kingsley, Principal
Not much going on this week.
Okay, so I lied. Have a look at the calendar with me:
Auditions for a traditional British Christmas entertainment including slapstick, melodrama, music, gaudy costumes, and conventions like the gross female "dame" being played by a male and the male lead being played by a female-prompting five-year-old Alice to exclaim, during a love scene, "Yuk, they're both girls." Pantomimes always tell a fairy tale or familiar story: this year it is The True Story of Robin Hood. (After all, Sherwood Forest and Nottingham, as in Sheriff of, are just 30 miles away.)
For slightly more serious drama, a bus load is going to see Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, led by Professor Helen Snow.
On two afternoons, lots of us are volunteering to plant daffodils in a large picnic area at the manor. They'll be beautiful in the spring.
Wednesday afternoon, its High Tea in the Gold Room and Conservatory.
Wednesday night, a poetry reading in the Great Hall, part of our "In the Great Hall" series, featuring outstanding Welsh poet Menna Elfyn, the most acclaimed and widely travelled Welsh-language writer, with her work translated into fifteen languages. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Writing and Writing Director of the MA Creative Writing Programme at Trinity College, Carmarthen, she has published eight volumes of poetry and two novels for teenagers and has written numerous libretti and five stage plays. Three such literary nights have been organized for this term by Visiting Professor Janice Fuller of Catawba College. (The next event in the Great Hall series is next Monday night, when the Director of the Cambridge University Botanical Garden, Prof. John S. Parker, will speak on "Educating Charles Darwin.")
Volleyball and basketball (the world famous Lions) and cricket have cranked up.
And, the College trip this weekend is to the magnificent city of York.
No, not much going on in just another quiet week, where all the faculty are brilliant, all the students are above average, and the energy never stops.