August 3-11, 2015
Hosted by: Cynthia Lewis, Dana Professor of English
Price & reservations: From $4,995 - includes hotel accommodations, most meals, airport and hotel transfers, a friend-level membership to the Fringe festival, escorted sightseeing and entrance fees for all visits, and all taxes, service charges and gratuities. International airfare not included. Pricing and itinerary subject to change. Operated by Academic Arrangements Abroad, 1-800-221-1944
About our trip: From Glasgow to Loch Lomond, to Edinburgh and the Fringe festival, this nine-day tour showcases the cultural, architectural and arts scene of Scotland. Beginning in Glasgow, a splendidly restored Victorian metropolis, with a tour of George Square, the Reid Building and the Glasgow School of Art. See the Mackintosh House and The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland's oldest public museum, and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a treasure house of painting, sculpture, ceramics, silver and jewelry. Admire the legendary Scottish mountain scenery on a drive through Trossachs National Park to Loch Lomond, Britain's largest inland lake. Learn the whiskey-making process at a local distillery followed by a private Scotch tasting.
Drive through the Lowlands' romantic countryside to Stirling Castle, and learn the dramatic history of one of Scotland's most historically and architecturally important castles and its association with historical figures including William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots.
Arrive in Edinburgh for a guided afternoon walk in the lively city center. Follow the famed Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Take a private tour of the city's iconic Edinburgh Castle and see the Crown Jewels of Scotland. Attend a matinee performance at the Edinburgh International Festival and explore this dynamic city at the peak of its exciting festival season. Visit the renovated National Museum of Scotland and spend the day soaking in the Fringe Festival buzz. Take a chance on new theater, dance, cabaret, and comedy shows by artists who have traveled from afar to be seen at the world's largest arts festival, and conclude with an evening Fringe Festival performance.
About our host: Cynthia Lewis has taught at Davidson since 1980. She specializes in the drama of Shakespeare and 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.