The Making of the Modern Mind

Manchester University, January 2017 (IDIV 240)    Instructors: Greg Clark & Steve Naragon




[The following schedule is subject to inevitable last-minute revisions.]

Jan 4 (Wed) — Jan 6 (Fri)

• January Session begins. Discuss the course readings while on campus (Wed-Fri): 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:00-3:00 p.m. in SCIC 130.

Jan 8 (Sun)

3:20 p.m. EST: Fly from Fort Wayne (FWA) to Charlotte, NC (EST) with American Airlines (AA 5060), arriving at 5:01 p.m. EST.

• 6:20 p.m. EST: Fly from Charlotte (EST) to London (LHR) with American Airlines (AA 730), arriving at 7:10 a.m. GMT (the next morning).

Westminster Bridge was first built in 1750, prior to which London Bridge was the only bridge across the Thames near London. The current bridge dates from 1862, and is now the oldest bridge in London.

Jan 9 (Mon)

• Arrive in London (LHR) at 7:10 a.m. GMT. We will take the Tube into the city to drop off our bags at our hostel.

• Early afternoon: Tour of Westminster Abbey and brief walking tour of Westminster (Parliament, Big Ben, the Banquet House, etc.) and up to Trafalgar Square to stretch our legs and keep ourselves awake after the overnight flight.

• Early evening: Dinner in Soho.

Jan 10 (Tue)

• Morning: A quick visit to Leicester Square followed by a long morning studying art in the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square.

• Noon concert at St. Martin-in-the-Fields.

• Afternoon: guided tour of "Classic Westminster".

• Early Evening: Viewing "The Treasures" at the British Library.

Taking a boat downriver to Greenwich.

Jan 11 (Wed)

• Morning: Visit the Temple Church.

• Noon/Afternoon: Boat down the Thames to Greenwich to visit the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House, and the National Observatory.

• Evening: Free time for theater or a concert.

Jan 12 (Thu)

• Morning: Tour the Tower of London.

• Afternoon: Explore the Medieval wing of the Museum of London.

• Late afternoon: Choral evensong at St. Paul's Cathedral.

• Evening: Free time (Mozart's Requiem is on at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and there are late hours at the National Portrait Gallery and the Wellcome Collection of medical oddities).

Feeding pigeons in front of St Paul's (with a nod to Mary Poppins).

Jan 13 (Fri)

• Morning: Walk along the South Bank to see the Globe Theater and a visit to the famous Borough Market.

• Afternoon: Tour St. Paul’s Cathedral, and climb to the top for the best view of the city.

• Late afternoon and Evening: Visiting the British Museum.

Jan 14 (Sat)

• Morning: Study medieval and early modern exibits at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

• Early afternoon: Study 18th century science and the history of medicine at the Science Museum.

• Late afternoon and evening: Free time (Late hours at Tate Modern, Vivaldi's Four Seasons at St. Martin-in-the-Fields).

The Tower of London, as seen from the river.

Jan 15 (Sun)

• Morning (optional): guided tour of "The Square Mile" — the heart of central London that has been a city since Roman times.

• Afternoon/Evening: Pair-up to re-visit sites or explore the new on your last day in London.

Jan 16 (Mon)

• Morning: Travel from London to Paris on the Eurostar train (departing St Pancras Station/London at 9:24 GMT, arriving at Gare du Nord/Paris at 12:47 CET).

• Afternoon: Tour d’Eiffel (elevators to the top), boat trip down the Seine, Arc de Triomphe (and a climb to the top), a walk along the Champs Elyssee, and in the Jardin des Tuileries.

• Dinner as a group in the Latin Quarter.

• Evening: Free time.

Holding class in front of the Eifel Tower.

Jan 17 (Tue)

• Morning adventures on the Île de la Cité: Cathédrale du Notre Dame (crypt, church, and up the towers), Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie, Tour St. Jacques, Pont Neuf.

• Afternoon: Free time (suggestion for art lovers: the Musée d’Orsay).

• Evening: Free time.

Jan 18 (Wed)

• Morning: Musée de Cluny (Moyen Age), and a brief visit to the Arènes de Lutèce (a Roman amphitheatre).

• Afternoon: St. Séverin, La Sorbonne, St Germain des Prés, and possibly a stroll through a famous cemetery: Cimetière du Père Lachaise.

• Late Afternoon: A guided tour through the Medieval Latin Quarter.

• Evening: Centre Pompidou.

Jan 19 (Thu)

• All day at and around the Louvre.

• Lunch at the Place de la Concorde or Jardin des Tuilleries.

• Evening: Free time.

In front of the west facade of the Chartres cathedral.

Jan 20 (Fri)

• Day trip to Chartres to see the cathedral and medieval town; Centre International du Vitrail de Chartres.

Jan 21 (Sat)

• Morning: A guided tour of Medieval Paris and the Templars.

• Afternoon: Free time (Catacombs; Sewers of Paris; ...).

• Evening: Free time.

Jan 22 (Sun)

• All-Day: Pair-up to re-visit sites or explore the new on your last day in Paris.

Jan 23 (Mon)

• Depart Paris (CDG) at 10:45 p.m. CET (AA 755), arrive in Philadelphia (PHL) at 1:35 p.m. EST. Depart Philadelphia (PHL) at 3:25 p.m. EST (AA 1698), arrive in Charlotte (EST) at 5:13 p.m. EST. Depart Charlotte (EST) at 7:49 p.m. EST (AA 5405), arrive in Fort Wayne (FWA) at 9:28 p.m. EST. You will need to arrange for a ride home from Fort Wayne.

Jan 24 (Tue): This is officially the last day of the January Session, but we will not meet again on campus as a class. This will be a good time for you to re-work and consolidate your writing assignments for the course.

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