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UF in Cambridge (and Paris)!

Published: September 28th, 2016

Category: Feature, History Department News, Recent News

In 2016 there were 15 students on the UF in Cambridge Program, led by Professor Sheryl Kroen and teaching assistant, Elyssa Gage. Our group included a rich mixture of majors: eight in history, two in political science, one in English and creative writing, one in economics and philosophy, one in sports management and business, and two scientists, one in biology and one in physics. The general theme connecting all of the research projects was After the French Revolution, but the topics intersected in interesting ways around the origins of modern economic thought (2 students), the consumer revolution (1 student), abolition and human rights (4 students), the revolutions in the Caribbean and Latin America (2 students), the rise of modern health reform, the modern, secular university, and modern museum (4 students), the legacy of Bonapartism in France (1 student) and in Latin America (1 student), the Enlightenment and Age of Revolution in relation to the Age of Empire (4 students), and the history of sexuality (1 student).

All the students began reading on their projects in the spring, when possible taking courses that would prepare them for the research they would pursue in the library at Cambridge. We spent the first week in Paris braving the hot weather, and walking up the centuries as we explored different neighborhoods, museums, and monuments, including a daytrip to Versailles. In Cambridge we combined long days in the library with individual tutorials and regular class meetings. The highlight of our trip to London was a magnificent adaptation of The Taming of The Shrew framed by the Globe’s Irish director to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Easter Uprising of 1916. The students who had taken Harland-Jacobs’ History of Ireland were particularly pleased, but everyone was blown away by this moving performance.

Dr. Kroen is now recruiting students for UF in Cambridge 2017. The Age of Revolution will be the theme for this 4-week study abroad program, July 17-August, 12 2017. Like last year, we will spend 1 week in Paris (Monday, July 17-Sunday, July 23), 3 weeks in Cambridge (Sunday, July 23-Saturday, August 12), with a weekend in London, (August 4-6), 2017. Interested students should come to the Study Abroad Fair at the Plaza of the Americas, Wednesday, September 21, 10-3, contact Lauren Strange: lstrange@ufic.ful.edu, available for counseling on study abroad at UFIC, or Sheryl Kroen: stkroen@ufl.edu, available in Keene-Flint 219, Tuesday, 12-1:30; Wednesday, 4-5:30. Applications are due Tuesday, December 9, 2016.

Info sessions on UF in Cambridge: Tuesday, September 27, 2016: 5:15PM at Keene-Flint in the History Conference Room (downstairs, across from the main office) and Wednesday, October 5, 4PM at UFIC.

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