Dispatches from London; Fresno State students study abroad

Dr. Maldonado speaks to the class about our trip to the Tower of London

While most students are off for their winter break, 40 Fresno State students traveled to England for the Arts and Humanities “Study Abroad Experience: London Life & Lore.” Students get an authentic British experience and earn three units of credit as they take in the sights and culture of England.

During the trip, Dr. Anthony Radford with the Music Department is sending updates and pictures of the student’s experiences. Here’s the latest:

January 16, 2019

We arrived home on Monday. We had a great last half-week. On Thursday we toured the Tate Britain Gallery and saw paintings by Turner and Blake. In the evening we went to the National Theatre to see Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra starring Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort). On Friday we went to the Tower of London and saw the Crown Jewels before going to the Tate Modern to see works of art from the 20 and 21st centuries. Finally, on Saturday morning we went to the Imperial War Museum and saw stirring, and powerful exhibits on the Holocaust and World War I. Sunday was an off day, and many of us rested for the flight home or not :). So that’s a wrap. In all a spectacular trip!

Dr. Radford with voice students Yuxi Liu, Jillian Avila and Heather Welcher on the London trip at a voice recital at Wigmore Hall.
Dr. Radford with voice students Yuxi Liu, Jillian Avila and Heather Welcher on the London trip at a voice recital at Wigmore Hall.
Dr. Maldonado and student Victoria Cisternos admire a work by Turner at the Tate Britain.
Dr. Maldonado and student Victoria Cisternos admire a work by Turner at the Tate Britain.
Students await the beginning of Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre. Great seats!
Students await the beginning of Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre. Great seats!
Students Victoria and Alejandro look out over the Thames at St Paul’s from the top of the Tate Modern Museum.
Students Victoria and Alejandro look out over the Thames at St Paul’s from the top of the Tate Modern Museum.
Dr Maldonado speaks to the class about our trip to the Tower of London
Dr Maldonado speaks to the class about our trip to the Tower of London
The class poses under the guns outside the Imperial War Museum January 12, 2019.
The class poses under the guns outside the Imperial War Museum on January 12, 2019.

January 9, 2019

The past two days in London have been jammed with activities. Yesterday (Jan 8) we went to the British Museum. Our first stop was the Rosetta Stone in the Egypt exhibit. Then we explored the museum for a few hours and met as a class to talk about our adventures. In the evening we saw Macbeth at the Barbican Theatre played by the actors of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Today we started at Westminster Abbey and then got on a boat to sail down the Thames to Greenwich and the Maritime Museum and Observatory. We capped the day back in the West End to see a production of Don Quixote.

The class poses for a picture beneath Nelson’s ship Endeavor in a bottle at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
The class poses for a picture beneath Nelson’s ship “Victory” in a bottle at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

If you are interested in attending studying abroad in London next year, contact:
Gail Freeman, London Program Office
College of Arts and Humanities
MB 186
559.278.3056

Students get their pictures of Tower Bridge from our boat on the Thames.
Students get their pictures of Tower Bridge from our boat on the Thames.
Students walk past Westminster Palace.
Students walk past Westminster Palace.
Kayleigh O’Connor captures the front of Westminster Abbey in a beautiful morning light. We had spent most of the morning in the Abbey where photos are not allowed.
Kayleigh O’Connor captures the front of Westminster Abbey in a beautiful morning light. We had spent most of the morning in the Abbey where photos are not allowed.
Students excitedly await the beginning of Macbeth at the Barbican Theatre.
Students excitedly await the beginning of Macbeth at the Barbican Theatre.

January 7, 2019

We had our first day back after the break, and we visited the University of Cambridge. We were treated to an architectural and musical tour of King’s College at the University of Cambridge. Students had the opportunity to climb up into the organ loft to hear organ scholar Donal McCann play the organ. Then we headed over to Selwyn College Cambridge to meet with Organist and Choirmaster Sarah Macdonald who told us about the college and the choir. She played the organ for us and treated us to lunch at the college “cafeteria.” We sat at a long table in a setting that reminded many of Hogwarts. Many of us stayed to hear the choir rehearse while others went shopping out on the town. We have one more week until we head home!

Fresno State students listen to the students of Selwyn College choir rehearse.
Fresno State students listen to the students of Selwyn College choir rehearse.
Fresno State students sit for lunch in the Selwyn College Cambridge Dining hall with Sarah MacDonald (bottom left) organist and choirmaster at Selwyn College.
Fresno State students sit for lunch in the Selwyn College Cambridge Dining hall with Sarah MacDonald (bottom left) organist and choirmaster at Selwyn College.
Fresno State students sit and listen to Sarah MacDonald play the organ for them in the Selwyn College Chapel.
Fresno State students sit and listen to Sarah MacDonald play the organ for them in the Selwyn College Chapel.
Fresno State students leaving King’s college Cambridge after two wonderful tours of the Chapel (behind).
Fresno State students leaving King’s college Cambridge after two wonderful tours of the Chapel (behind).
Students receive and architectural tour of the the King’s College Chapel.
Students receive and architectural tour of the the King’s College Chapel.
Students hear from Donal McCann about the choir at King’s College Chapel.
Students hear from Donal McCann about the choir at King’s College Chapel.
Students seated in the choir stalls at King’s College Cambridge to listen about the choir at the Chapel.
Students seated in the choir stalls at King’s College Cambridge to listen about the choir at the Chapel.
Students were invited up to the organ loft to hear the organ being played.
Students were invited up to the organ loft to hear the organ being played.

January 3, 2019

We met today in Trafalgar Square and went into the National Gallery to look at some fantastic art. Many of the art students on the course have studied these works but this is the first time seeing them in person. Many students new to art learned a lot today! Today also marks the beginning of our three-day break where some students are headed to other adventures around Europe.  Here are some pictures from today’s adventures.

Tony Radford

We gather (well most of us, some were late on the tube) on the steps of the National Art Gallery.
We gather (well most of us, some were late on the tube) on the steps of the National Art Gallery.
Professor Potter prepares students for what they will see in the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square below the Nelson Monument.
Professor Potter prepares students for what they will see in the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square below the Nelson Monument.
Professor Potter speaks with students about the paintings.
Professor Potter speaks with students about the paintings.
Professors Potter and Maldonado speak with students in the vast Italian Renaissance masters room.
Professors Potter and Maldonado speak with students in the vast Italian Renaissance masters room.
McKenna La Blue takes in Van Gogh’s very famous painting “Sunflowers”.
McKenna La Blue takes in Van Gogh’s very famous painting “Sunflowers”.

January 2, 2019

We are currently in Bath in our 5th day of the London Winter intersession course. We have 40 students and so far we have visited The Museum of London, The Docklands Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum and attended a choral concert at St Martin-in-the Fields church. Today we visited Stonehenge and Bath. We are having a great time! Tomorrow is the National Gallery of Art and then we have a few days off before beginning the next week in Cambridge and Kings College and Selwyn College. 

Best wishes and Happy New Year,
Tony Radford 

Fresno State students at Stonehenge.
Fresno State student at Stonehenge
Professor Potter of the Art Department tells students about these paintings by Raphael at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Robert Maldonado of the Philosophy Department tells students about these paintings by Raphael at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 
The London Tube. Students learned quickly that you stand on the right and walk on the left.
The London Tube. Students learned quickly that you stand on the right and walk on the left. 

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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