During J-Term 2020, 243 students and 26 program leaders will participate in one of Luther's 14 courses around the globe. Each course is a different journey and has a different blogger (or several). Below you'll find a blog post from the Paideia 450 course, "English Theatre: Mirror of Society and of the Human Condition." Check out the January Term 2020 Course Blogs page for more on each of the courses! Although it's impossible to keep up with everyone, these blogs are designed to provide glimpses into our students' adventures.
For the past 3 years, I’ve been talking about the J-Term trip I would take my senior year in which I would see something like 17 shows in 21 days in London. The closer we get to our actual departure, the more real the trip has become. In just 3 days, I will travel with 2 professors and 23 other students to London to study English theatre. After the first 10 days in London, we’ll travel to Stratford, back to London, then to York, and then to Edinburgh, Scotland before returning home again.
My name is Grace Huber, and I will be acting as the blog coordinator for this course. I’m a senior theatre and music double major also studying music education. I currently sing in Collegiate Chorale; act as the Artistic Director for our student-led theatre company, SPIN Theatre; and participate in the mainstage theatre and opera productions on campus. Although I will write a few posts along the way, my main role on this trip is to find other students to write blog posts so that you can read posts from students with a variety of majors and experiences. Although some of the students on our trip are English or Theatre majors, many are from other disciplines who just love seeing theatre, or who maybe haven’t interacted with theatre much at all!
Before we depart, I thought I would give a brief description of what our days will look like abroad. Almost every evening, we will see a play, and then the next morning we will have a class discussion about that play led by students from our class. The rest of the day is then ours to explore and enjoy England before meeting up for another show that night. Of course I’m sure you’re all wondering what we could be doing for actual “classwork” on this study abroad. Throughout the month, we are expected to journal about the plays we are seeing so that we can participate in the class discussions, and then at the end of the course, we will write a paper about one of the shows we’ve seen. The journaling is essential so that we can remember specifics after having seen so much in such a short period of time.
We will try to have a post up every couple of days to keep you all updated, so be sure to keep checking in to read about our travels and experiences along the way!