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IEX J-Term 2019: Arts and Performance in London
London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: January Interim
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Spend J-Term experiencing cutting edge visual, musical, literary, and performing arts, where your classroom is the city London! 

Overview This course is a critical exploration of London through live performance, art exhibits, literary events, and their publics. Our study will focus on the visual, musical, literary, and performing arts including visits to traditional and cutting edge performance venues, galleries, and museums. Students will have the opportunity to study and analyze how the arts inform contemporary British and global identity constructions through the lenses of performance studies and cultural theory.

The class will take advantage of London’s rich and diverse artistic heritage through hands-on exploration in order to understand the roles of the arts in the contexts of a major metropolitan city and global mecca. In addition to fieldwork, students will participate in group discussions, oral presentations, and critical blogs throughout the term.

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  • Immersion in London's global arts and literature scenes
  • Study of major developments in contemporary performance and literature
  • Comparative evaluation of eclectic performance and literary experiments
  • Exploration of the diversity of London populations and locations
  • Led by professor of Theater and Dance, Henry MacCarthy, and professor of English and Comparative Literature, Rob Kendrick
  • Course fulfills one of the two IEX credits required for graduation
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

This J-Term course will include tours, performances, exhibits, and study at sites such as:
  • The Globe
  • Almeida Theatre
  • National Theatre
  • Barbican Theatre
  • British Museum
  • British Library
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • The Roundhouse
  • The Place (dance performance)
  • Tate Modern
  • V & A Museum
  • The Wellcome Collection
  • National Gallery
  • National Portrait Gallery
Faculty Leaders
Henry MacCarthy, Theatre and Dance
Robert Kendrick, English

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Academic Calendar
Approximate dates for 2019 are as follows:
  • Two to three pre-departure meetings:  TBA during fall semester 2018
  • On-site program: January 7 to February 1, 2019.
The specific accommodations is yet to be determined, but it will be in flats or a residence hall.

Program Costs 
CICE expects the program fee to be between $6,500 and $7,000, depending on program enrollment. This is a comprehensive fee (lodging, food, local transportation, entrance fees, theater tickets) except for the round-trip airfare to the UK and any personal expenses. It includes a $600 pre-paid debit card to cover food for preparing the meals that are not planned group dinners (of which there will be four). Students will be responsible for their own air tickets to the UK to meet the group, but they may consult with CICE for guidance on purchasing their tickets.

All Gustavus Adolphus College students who meet the general study away requirements are welcome to apply. This course is especially well suited to students in or considering the following academic programs: Theatre & Dance, Music, Art Studio, Art History, English, Communication Studies and Sociology/Anthropology. Students from other colleges with a J-Term are also welcome to apply through the J-Term (or 4-1-4) exchange program.

Application Deadline
Students must complete the online application by April 30, 2018. 

Entry visas and passports
Currently, U.S citizens do not need an entry visa for the United Kingdom for stays of 90 days or less. All students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact Bryan Messerly to check in about possible additional visa needs. All program participants must have a passport that is valid through at least July 31, 2019, by the start of Fall 2018 semester.

The information in this online brochure is subject to change. Please contact CICE with questions.

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