Texas A&M University-Kingsville

English study trip gives in-depth look at Shakespeare

KINGSVILLE - November 07, 2006

Contact: Jill Scoggins

20-day experience open to students & non-students alike, May 13-June 1, 2007

KINGSVILLE, Texas (November 7, 2006) – Texas A&M University-Kingsville announces an opportunity to study the Bard of England in his homeland.

“Experience Shakespeare” is a 20-day international studies program in England that will provide an in-depth look at the work of William Shakespeare, including tours of historic sites and productions of four of his plays.

The trip will be held May 13-June 1, 2007 and is open to both university students and others. Deadline to register is 4 p.m., Dec. 9, and the registration form is available online at http://forms.tamuk.edu/email_attachments/11_02_06/form.pdf.

Leading the trip will be Dr. David Sabrio, professor of English at Texas A&M-Kingsville, whose academic interests include the British Renaissance; William Shakespeare; literary theory and criticism; and pedagogy. The program is co-sponsored by Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Office of International Studies and Programs and College of Arts and Sciences.

The trip offers participants tickets to four Shakespeare productions and participation in a theater workshop at the New Globe Theater in London, the re-creation of the theater where many of Shakespeare’s plays were originally produced.

Also planned are guided tours of two sites of historic importance during Shakespeare’s time: Warwick Castle, located eight miles from Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-Upon-Avon, and the Tower of London, a royal fort complex that is featured prominently in several of Shakespeare’s plays and where a member of his extended family, Edward Arden, was put to death during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Participants will stay at a central London hotel. Airfare, lodging, breakfast each day, excursion transportation and an 18-day pass for London’s Underground subway system are also included.

Students taking the trip for credit will earn three semester credit hours (senior- or graduate-level English). A prerequisite of six hours in sophomore-level English is mandatory. The program is open to both students who wish to take it for credit as well as anyone who wants to participate for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

All participants are required to have a current passport, and students are required to have student travel insurance.

Cost of the trip is $3,700 per person, plus personal expenses not covered in the trip cost, and students are encouraged to apply for financial aid through the Texas A&M-Kingsville Office of Student Financial Aid, (361) 593-3026 or www.tamuk.edu/finaid/. The trip cost does not cover lunch and dinner each day nor the fees to obtain passports or travel insurance, which are the responsibility of participants.

For additional information, contact International Studies and Programs at (361) 593-3994 or Sabrio at (361) 593-2387.

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