Above: Students from the Summer 2006 program visited
HST 401/501: "British Perspectives on the American Revolution"
Dr. Alison M. Parker, History Department, SUNY Brockport
“British Perspectives on the American Revolution,” a Study Abroad class taught by Dr. Alison Parker, gave ten SUNY Brockport students the opportunity to break out of the four walls of the lecture hall and experience British culture and history first hand. The class featured an intensive reading list, designed to supplement daily trips to historical sites, museums, government institutions, and cultural centers throughout London, Windsor, and Cambridge. For instance, students attended sessions of Parliament (including a surprise visit from Prime Minister Tony Blair), attended a live performance of Antony and Cleopatra at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and viewed the 700-year-old campus greens at Cambridge from the prow of punt boats on the Cam River. (View Pictures and Highlights for the London Study Abroad Program)
Most days of the class began with a vigorous walking tour through one of the many distinctive districts of London and included stops at historical sites such as the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral, as well as cultural sites, such as the apple market at Covent Garden, Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, or even one of the hundreds of centuries-old pubs for which London is so famous.
The students on the trip also were given ample free time (and an unlimited pass for the Underground) for exploring their own personal or historical interests in London. Students took advantage of their free time to develop friendships through lazy afternoons in the sun at Hyde Park, evening walks along the Thames River, or an exciting night out in one of London’s hot spots.
Some of the students shared their experiences:
SUNY Brockport will be providing another opportunity to experience this unique Study Abroad program with Dr. Parker in the Summer of 2010. All SUNY Brockport students will be welcome to apply, regardless of major.
History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.
History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.
Dr. Takashi Nishiyama has published a book, Engineering War and Peace in Modern Japan, 1868-1964 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).
The department will host the NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2015.
The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.
The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.