Cambridge University

Founded in 1209, Cambridge University is the second oldest university in the English-speaking world (fourth oldest continuously operating university in the world) and is considered one of the world's most distinguished centers of higher education and research.  From the times of Francis Bacon and Issac Newton to our own day, it has been a center of Enlightenment thought.  The town of Cambridge in which the ancient university is located is a place of special beauty and charm.  

While at Cambridge, seminar participants live in one of the university's oldest colleges, Trinity Hall, founded in 1350 – occupying rooms in which Cambridge undergraduate students live during academic term and eating as they do in the college's lovely formal Hall.  At Trinity Hall, you will have a private room and all meals are provided.

This quaint old market town on the lovely River Cam offers cozy coffee shops, cheery pubs, and bookstores in medieval buildings, along with outstanding arts organizations and a typical market square where you can pick up unique Christmas gifts for your friends and family back home.  If the weather's not too cold, you might want to try your hand at punting on the Cam – but remember, at Cambridge you punt from the stern of the boat, not from the bow, as they do at that "other place"!

While at Cambridge, you will meet Cambridge dons who will guide you in discussions of the intellectual and cultural roots of the Enlightenment and the radical changes in political thought that led directly to the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution.  One don will lead you on a whirlwind walking "Enlightenment Tour" of Cambridge that takes you through ancient gateways and courts and into chapels and historic and architectural wonders like the famous Wren Library at Trinity College.

One night after an early dinner, you'll forge out with your fellow students to enjoy a hilarious "panto" at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. This theatrical performance is a delightful English holiday tradiition not to be missed!

Music: "Medieval English Beer Song", Andrei Krylov, © 2013 Andrei Krylov

© Terry Grundy 2018