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Culture and Performance Appreciation in London

London is one of the foremost cutting edge artistic capitals of the world where rich tradition and contemporary practices meet.  It is among the oldest of the world’s great cities—its history spanning nearly two millennia—and one of the most cosmopolitan. By far Britain’s largest metropolis, it is also the country’s economic, transportation, and cultural center.

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This winter intersession, join us for a guided discovery journey of London’s artistic and cultural world led by award winning UB professor and international expert Maria S. Horne.  This intensive program integrates, in a comprehensive way, the study of culture and performance with focused research on its relationship with architecture, fine arts, history, music, rituals, urban design, and the contemporary landscape.  Students will earn 3 credits that fulfill a UB General Education requirement for Arts (THD 103).

The city of London will be our classroom. Our classes will be run mainly on site at some of the world’s most fascinating historic, cultural, and performing arts venues in London and will also include a day trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. In addition, our formal lectures will be held as “Gatherings.” And on top of our scheduled activities, students will have the opportunity to take on their own London IACE artistic and cultural research project, where working in pairs or small groups they will conduct academic and field research while interacting with local counterparts and digitally documenting their discoveries to then share with our team.  There will be plenty to do including some time on your own to relax and enjoy.

10919702_1590337864520447_1681134174_nThe arts, and specifically the performing arts, do not occur in a vacuum.  They are the indisputable reflection of the distinct culture responsible for its production.  The language of performance encompasses a wide spectrum of artistic and cultural expressions, which are intrinsically linked to the people that creates it and produces it.  To fully comprehend performance it is necessary to also comprehend the culture that created it.  Artistic manifestations illuminate humankind and they often are precursors of the future.  They reflect on the effects of the past, pose questions on the present times, and dare with visions of things to come.  Learning how to appreciate performance and culture expands our understanding of ourselves and of the people of different cultures, and in turn, of humankind in a global sense.


While in London, live like a Londoner.  As our student you will live in a fully furnished flat in Central London, where everything is in reach within a short amount of time by walk, bus, or Underground.  The apartments include a separate lounge/dining room, a fully equipped kitchen, complete with a cooker, refrigerator, oven, microwave, washing machine, utensils and crockery/cutlery. And you will have wireless Internet access and telephone line, among other amenities. All apartments are cleaned at least once weekly, maintained by AES in-house staff and have an 0800 telephone number for maintenance issues, with a 24-hour call-out service.

Please contact the Faculty Program Director:

Maria S. Horne