Harlaxton News and Notes

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A Summer at Harlaxton
Throughout the summer Harlaxton College hosts a wide variety of faculty-led residential groups that come from colleges all around the United States. A visiting student from Florida Southern University stated that she was thrilled to have the opportunity to live and learn at Harlaxton Manor. Her mother attended Harlaxton College as a student over twenty years ago and because of this she has heard countless stories of the 'grand and glorious manor.'

Harlaxton College welcomes all of the students and faculty who are coming over the summer!


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.



British Faculty led Walking Tour around London
The first weekend of every semester students have the option to go on a college-organized trip to London. Not only is the trip a great way for students to see the magnificent city of London, but also a chance for them to bond with their peers. For the summer session, the London trip was a fun-filled weekend for the students complete with countless adventures and memories being made. Many of them saw historic sites such as the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London, while others visited the famous museums of London and learned how the city has grown and changed over the centuries.

British faculty professors, Dr. Edward Bujak and Dr. Bianca Leggett, led the students on a London Walking tour which gave insights into important historical and cultural events. The tour began with the students seeing St Paul's Cathedral and enjoying a tour of Shakespeare's Globe. The group then strolled along the South Bank, walked across the Golden Jubilee Bridge to Embankment and visited the Banqueting House. Lastly, the group saw the Whitehall, Westminster Abbey, and the Houses of Parliament.

The Colleges of Cambridge & The Shambles of York
The last weekend of May students had the option to go on two one-day trips to Cambridge and York. Students visited Cambridge University where they had the opportunity to tour colleges and explore the surrounding city. On the way to Cambridge, the students stopped at the Madingly American Cemetery, Britain's only World War II American Military Cemetery. This cemetery and chapel is dedicated to American service men and women who died in Europe, North Africa and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and seas surrounding the British Isles.

In York students were awed by the varying historical presence that is displayed throughout all of the city. While the students were there many visited one specific narrow, cobbled street, The Shambles, which is known as the street of butchers. While the butchers may have now vanished, most shops along the street still have meat-hooks hanging outside and shelves that once displayed meat.

Local Excursions
Throughout the month of May students went on a variety of local excursions which included visiting the City of Caves and the Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham, the Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle, and the Burghley House.


The Manor

The House System
Every semester the house system is an integral part of life at Harlaxton College. This summer is the first time we have had the house system throughout the summer session. So far we have had varying competitions including an Amazing Race around the manor, which tested the students' familiarity with the manor, an outing into Grantham for a night of bowling, and lastly, a Pub Quiz that questioned the students' knowledge of European architecture, pop culture, and historical people.

The Bluebell Walk
During spring the woodlands around Harlaxton Manor grow a colorful flower known as the bluebell. The native bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, grows wild in the UK in late April and early May. These flowers grow best in undisturbed soil and are often considered to be indicators of ancient woodland. Throughout the month of May the Harlaxton Manor Bluebell Walk has been open to the public on varying Sundays.

People can choose from either following a 20 or 45 minute walk around the neighboring trails of the manor. Along these walks they will see plenty of bluebells, varying trees including coppiced oak, sycamores, and Norway spruce, and an Allan Williams Turret from World War II that once was a one-man, all-metal turret designed to rotate 360 degrees.

The Community

Inspiring Music in a Magical Setting
Every summer there are several Red Cross Concerts that are held in the Great Hall at Harlaxton Manor. The first concert, From Shadows to Sunshine, centered on the First World War. The concert featured Sarah Hobbs, a soprano who graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire, and Magdalena Nasidlak, a pianist with teaching based in Oxford. Magdalena has performed at a variety of Red Cross Concerts at Harlaxton over the years.


A Grantham Murder Mystery
Students and staff ventured to the Guildhall Arts Centre in Grantham. What once was Grantham's ballroom, courtroom, and jail is now a 210-seat theatre and a redecorated ballroom. At the arts center the students saw Agatha Crusty and The Village Hall Murders. It was a great way for the students to support the local community while enjoying a night out in Grantham.



The Gold Room Lectures

Associate Professor William Allen of Florida Southern College led a Gold Room lecture discussing the story of the pencil. Not many people know that England's Lake District unearthed the purest graphite, a key element to the pencil. Allen discussed how pencils have changed over time and the varying types of pencils that exist today. He also analyzed how the pencil, being a common, ordinary tool, has maintained its significance throughout the world as digital technology continues to grow.



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