British Arts & Humanities Survey Honors Essays: 2004

The collection of essays represents the collective efforts of the eleven Honors students who participated in the 2004 Summer Travel Abroad program in the United Kingdom. As Honors students with a year or more of academic study in the program, members of the group qualified for the travel abroad scholarship, largely funded through the generous donations of individual patrons and corporations. For some the class trip was their first experience of foreign travel and for others it was a second, more academically focused trip to England. With five weeks of study at the University of Plymouth in southwest England, students gained greater knowledge of society and culture and received instruction participating in the Humanities class, British Art and Society, a hybrid course with lectures, discussion, and on-line materials. The course addressed topics for the study of the art and culture, specifically preparing students for the museums and major architectural monuments and sites that were visited. As the Humanities teacher, it was rewarding to have the opportunity to lead the seminar and discussions with such an accomplished group of students. Each one met the challenge of balancing study with the demands of foreign travel.

The term began and ended in London with opportunities to visit the British Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, and the other famous monuments such as the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the new Globe Theater and St. Paul's Cathedral. From the campus at Plymouth, students traveled on the weekends to study the Roman Baths and the Georgian architecture at Bath; Tintagel, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur; and the medieval cathedral and Elizabethan architecture of Exeter. The group greatly benefited from the site visits coordinated by Dr. Martin Simpson, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Honors Abroad Program at Nicholls.

As the summative product of the experience, the essays offer the reader the unique perspective of an ancient Roman visiting Bath, the assessment of the topography of Tintagel in terms of the legendary accounts of King Arthur, the review of a performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the new Globe, and a number of other topics. The papers were edited by the faculty advisor of Mosaic, Jackie Jackson, and the student editor, Nicholas Comeaux, and his staff. The efforts of the editors of the literary magazine have made it possible to share the results of a rich and vibrant journey abroad.

Deborah Cibelli, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Fine Arts

Contents

The Discovery and Decipherment of the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum by Adrienne Naquin

The History of the Elgin Marbles: Past, Present and Future by Jessie Bangs

Reconstructing the Roman Baths of Bath, England by Angela Graebert

Tintagel by Josie Harrison Schultz

Funerary Art of Sutton Hoo: Identifying the King of the Hill by Michael Royster

Tower of London by Amanda Lyons

Westminster Abbey: Burial Place of Kings by Joey Tregre

Exeter's Architectural Treasure: The Cathedral of St. Peter by April Hollie

The New Globe Theater by Mallory Cortez

Wren's Vision for St. Paul's Cathedral of London by Olivia Smith

The Many Versions of the London Bridge by Rebecca Richerson