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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Vol. 70, Number 7 (May 1969)

Alumni seminars: live (it up) and learn,   pp. 13-15


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Alumni Seminars
Live (It Up) and Learn
F oreign tour packages come in a variety of sizes and
   shapes these days, but it was University Extension's
 1968 travel-study experiment in the British Isles that
 earned the title "pace-setter in adult education."
   Actually a three-week Wisconsin Alumni Seminar,
it served as the model for the two to be held this sum-
me--inwestern Europe n       gan:-he-Istes.-
   It brought 32 Americans-doctors, lawyers, librar-
 ians, businessmen, educators and housewives-to three
 residential adult education colleges in England and
 Scotland.
   There, in historic, modernized buildings, they lived
beside 60 adults from five countries, studied the arts
and British history under English and Scottish faculty
members and shared visits to historic spots.
   With two of the sessions held concurrently with the
 Stratford and Edinburgh Festivals, the two groups took
 mutual delight in attending the memorable evening
 theatrical performances.
 ,,Each aspect of the multi-dimensional tour had its
 particular appeal for participants.
    * . . to be privileged to live with and associate with
 the people of Britain and Scotland was an experience
 in itself," said one.
   For another it was ... a once-in-a-lifetime experi-
 ence from the study aspect as well as seeing and hear-
 ing artists."
   The cost and the carry-over value were impressive,
too.
   1"... friends cannot believe we could stay in such
 lovely places, be served such luscious food and be pro-
 vided with tickets to so many plays, concerts and tours
 -all at such low cost."
   "*... so intellectually stimulating I hardly know
 where to continue reading on the various subjects
 covered."
   The program for this summer's seminars indicate
 that they, too, will have unique qualities. Like the
 original from which they're patterned, they were
 planned by Robert Schacht, Extension tour coordinator.
   The first, to Germany, Denmark, and The Nether-
lands, July 25-Aug. 15, will emphasize political, social
and economic issues.
   Tour members will live and study at folk high schools
-the equivalent of the adult education colleges in
The British Isles.
   The first week at Haus Rissen in Hamburg will focus
on East-West relations. During the week the group
will move to Berlin in an effort to sense the balance
between confrontation and cooperation.
   In Copenhagen the following week, tour members
 will stay at Horsholm, one of Scandinavia's outstand-
 ing folk schools. Here emphasis will be on the Scandina-
 vian response to the problems of public welfare in an
 industrial society.
   At Amsterdam during the final week discussion will
 focus on the concept of the European community, the
 May, 1969
Common    Market, and problems and promises of
European integration.
  The cost of the tour from New York and back is
$550.00. It includes all expenses-board, room, admis-
sions, transportation and instruction.
- The 1969-tour to the British Isles, Aug. 9-30 will
substitute -a- week in- Dublin -or-the 1968fprogram at
Oxford.
  The Rev. Liam Carey, director of the Dublin In-
stitute for Adult Education, will be host to the group
as they study the history and contemporary culture
of Eire.
  The second week the group will fly to England.
Westham House, a former manor on the bend of the
Avon River near Stratford, will again be quarters for
living and for studying the plays to be enacted at the
concurrent Stratford Festival. Tours to surrounding
areas will give participants the chance to view the
geographic and historic features of the "green heart
of England."
  At Newbattle Abbey, a converted 12th century mon-
astery in Edinburgh, Scotland, the last program will
be built around the music, drama and art of the famous
Edinburgh Festival.
  The pageantry of the opening ceremony in St. Giles
Cathedral and the tattoo at Edinburgh castle will pro-
vide additional highlights to the trip..
  The cost of the tour, New York to New York, will
be $650.00.
  -On--both-tours,where-paripants from othcr coun
tries are not enrolled, visits will be arranged to private
homes.
F or the intellectually curious who wish to vacation
   in the atmosphere of a university campus rather than
abroad, five week-long seminars will again be offered
in Madison.
  Out of town residents will be housed in Lowell
Hall, a luxurious, air-conditioned private dormitory on
Langdon street a half block from the Wisconsin Center
where the seminars will be held.
  The seminars meet in the morning and late after-
noons Monday through Friday, leaving mid-afternoons
and evenings free for out-of-door activity on Lake
Mendota (on which the Wisconsin Center is located),
local tennis courts, or golf courses or for enjoyment of
campus and city cultural activities.
  Dr. Hazel Alberson, associate professor emeritus of
comparative literature, will conduct the first seminar,
"The Exploration of Outer Space-Fiction and Fact",
July 6-12.
  The lectures will review some of the great works
of poetry and fiction which provided many of the
myths which "explained" aspects of the unknown. They
will also introduce representative discoveries and inven-
tions which' have made possible the literal break-
through into outer space.       (Continued on p. 29)
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