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A New Course: Cultural Capitals of Britain and Europe

This summer Harlaxton College introduced a new course, the Cultural Capitals of Britain and Europe, for the Harlaxton Summer Session. The course focuses on the points of contact, cultural and political, between Britain and its European neighbors. This course allows the students to see how Britain's close proximity to the European mainland has influenced its history, art, architecture, and literature, while also looking at how Britain has still maintained its own culture. On the weekends the class visits historic sites such as London, York, Cambridge, Paris, Florence, and Edinburgh. Throughout the course the students create a scrapbook that allows them to document their responses to the varying cities they are travelling to.

Living World Religions Course

Dr. Tamara Gieselman and Dr. Robert Dion, visiting faculty members from the University of Evansville, are teaching a course titled Living World Religions. This course looks at the interfaith engagement with the beliefs, organization, practices and ethical claims of major world religions. A large portion of the course is field work that involves immersion experiences at sacred sites and spaces around Britain. The students have seen a variety of historical sites including The Buddhapadipa Temple, the Peterborough Cathedral and Ely Cathedral, Quran manuscripts and Magna Carta. The students even saw the Queen while they were in London for the State Opening of Parliament!

A Relaxing Afternoon Walking the Labyrinth

A sociology course from Marian University spent an afternoon at the manor walking the labyrinth. Labyrinths have existed for thousands of years, and today they are used as a tool for relaxation, stress and anger management, a quiet meditative break, and for spiritual development. A local labyrinth facilitator brought in her portable canvas labyrinth. This gave the students a peaceful afternoon where they were able to relax, let go of stress, and enjoy the walk as a time with oneself.