August 3-11, 2015
Hosted by: Cynthia Lewis, Dana Professor of English 

Price & reservations: From $4,995 – including airfare and all taxes and fees. Pricing and itinerary subject to change. Operated by Academic Arrangements Abroad, 800-221-1944. 

About our trip: From Dublin to Galway, Killarney to Kilkenny, this full yet well-paced tour showcases Ireland's many charms-both old and new. Begin your 13-day trip in Dublin and tour the beautiful Irish capital, including visits to Trinity College and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Embark on an excursion to Inismor, the largest of the dramatic Aran Islands. Take in the magnificent scenery across both Galway and Kerry counties including the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and Connemara. Stop at Kylemore Abbey, Ireland's most photographed castle. Enjoy dinner at a local farmhouse outside Killarney.

Travel by boat to Muckross House, with the Kerry Folklife Centre showcasing the art and craft of bookbinding, pottery, and weaving. Experience one of Ireland's most popular attractions, the stunning mountain and coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry. Along the way, stop for an Irish sheepdog demonstration. Dine at Kate Kearney's Cottage, a 150-year-old family-run establishment at the entrance to the Gap of Dunloe. Visit the small town of Blarney and see the both the ruins of the 15th century castle and the Rock of Cashel.

Conclude your journey in Kilkenny with a tour of the castle, considered one of the most beautiful in the country. On an optional 4 day/3 night post-tour extension to Northern Ireland, savor the dramatic beauty of the Antrium Coast, one of the most scenic in all of Ireland and the British Isles, and encounter the lively capital city of Belfast.

About our host: Cynthia Lewis has taught at Davidson since 1980. She specializes in the drama of Shakespeare andCynthia Lewis his contemporaries, and she teaches and writes nonfiction, including essays on such diverse topics as American women bodybuilders, spousal murder and women's obsession with shoes. Her publications on Shakespeare include a book-length study, Particular Saints, about characters in Shakespeare's plays named Antonio or Anthony, and numerous articles in scholarly journals. In teaching Elizabethan drama, she emphasizes performance. She has received the ODK teaching award from Davidson students (1984), the CASE Silver Medal in the national Professor of the Year program (1987), and Davidson's Hunter-Hamilton love of teaching award (1998). She was named a Charles A. Dana Professor in 2000, chaired the English Department at Davidson for four years beginning in 1996, and was deeply involved in the residency of the Royal Shakespeare Company on Davidson's campus during the years 2002 through 2007. In 2014-15, she'll be on sabbatical, researching two nonfiction books, one on a political career gone awry in St. Louis and the other on sexual harassment and assault on college campuses. She has just completed a draft of a new book on Shakespeare and sports.