Shakespeare-Upon-Avon

Luther's Nottingham Program, which will be in its 46th year in 2017-2018, offers the rich opportunity to spend an academic year in England and study at the University of Nottingham. During this program, students live together, take courses together, and participate in a community service project of their choosing. To learn more about the program, visit the Nottingham Year website.

Hello all,

It’s hard to believe that we’re already three weeks into second semester! Here’s what we’ve been up to since returning from break.

Unlike Luther, the University of Nottingham has final exams after winter break. This means that as soon as we returned from our independent travel adventures, it was time to shift into full-on study mode.

After two weeks of finals, second semester began. As part of the Nottingham program, we take some classes in our flat with our Luther professor. This semester we are taking 20th Century British Literature and studying famous British poems, short stories, and novels. We also began our classes at the University of Nottingham, taking courses in our majors or to satisfy Luther’s general education requirements.

This semester, we are also continuing our group travel course, IS 135: Exploring Great Britain. Last weekend we took our first trip, a group outing to Stratford. Our first stop was a trip to Shakespeare’s birthplace where we learned about his life and family. Next we walked to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage where Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway grew up. Our final stop in Stratford was a performance of Twelfth Night by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Viewing this performance allowed us to have lots of fruitful discourse about interpreting Shakespeare, the language of the play, and the nature of theatre.

We are excited for the semester, but it’s hard to believe we only have a few months left in the U.K. We hope to make the best of our remaining time by learning, seeing, and experiencing as much as possible.

Cheers,

Kelli and Libby

The church where Shakespeare was buried.
This is Shakespeare's birthplace and home.
This is Anne Hathaway's cottage, Shakespeare's wife's childhood home. We were impressed that the cottage also does a Seed Savers sort of thing with heirloom veggies there!