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UTC offers Oxford Summer Program

Two new UTC faculty members are exploring an innovative way to teach summer courses, and to continue the University’s commitment to international education.

Beginning in summer 2007, Dr. Michelle White, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Dr. Bryan Hampton, Assistant Professor, Department of English, will offer two paired three-hour courses that incorporate field trips to sites of historical interest in Oxford, England from July 11- August 15. The program is open to UTC and non-UTC college and university students. Students can earn six hours credit during the five-week summer session.

Spaces remain open for several more participants.

White will offer History 385, “Tudor and Stuart England,” a course that addresses the cultural and historical milieu of England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, during the reigns of two of Britain’s most prominent dynasties. Hampton will offer English 499, “Milton’s Revolutions: Paradise Lost and the Prose of the English Revolution,” a course that examines John Milton’s great national epic in the context of the issues and aftermath of the English Civil War.

The program will be conducted on the campus of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (OCHJS).

“The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (OCHJS) is located on its own campus in Yarnton, four miles from the city center of Oxford. OCHJS is a recognized independent post-graduate center of the University of Oxford whose students obtain an Oxford University master's degree in Jewish Studies,” said Dr. Irven Resnick, Professor and Judaic Studies Chair of Excellence. Resnick has taught at the Oxford Centre, and he was elected by the Centre’s Board of Governors to serve as a Senior Associate at the Centre from 2003-2009.

The campus offers a modern library with more than 100,000 volumes, common rooms, and housing, according to Resnick.

“The campus is oriented around Yarnton Manor, which houses classrooms and administration offices,” Resnick said. “Yarnton Manor's foundation dates back to the 11th century, although the present structure is Jacobean, from the 17th century. Other buildings on the estate house the library and provide accommodation for students and visiting fellows. Its gardens and grounds are quite well known.”

UTC will have full and exclusive use of the OCHJS campus during the summer session. Enrollment is limited to twenty-five students. Dr. David Pittenger, Associate Provost, suggests the program could be attractive to non-traditional students.

“Adult students could enroll in the course. Students 60 and over pay reduced tuition rates. Thus their primary cost would be the cost of air fare, room, and board.” Pittenger said.

The UTC classes at Oxford will meet at regular, specified times. In addition to in-class course work, students will also have the opportunity to travel. Scheduled outings include the environment in and around Oxford and the university, and day trips to the following locations: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, Banqueting House, National Maritime Museum, St. Paul’s, National Portrait Gallery, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and Stratford-upon-Avon. Students will have Fridays and weekends off to pursue other travel interests of their own.

To view photos of Ricardo House rooms, where many UTC students in the program will be housed, visit http://www.utc.edu/Outreach/NEHSummerInstitute/Ricardo.html Those students who do not reside at Ricardo House will be housed in other residence facilities on the OCHJS campus, comparable to Ricardo House. Faculty will also live on site.

For the OCHJS web site, see http://www.ochjs.ac.uk/.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Irven Resnick via email at Irven-Resnick@utc.edu or phone at (423)425-4446.

January 26, 2007