Advanced Honors Trip

Honors Advanced Trip: London, Paris, and Beyond in the UK and France 

Summer Five Week-Second: July 11 to August 11, 2022

Join Honors College Dean Terry Hunt to explore the vibrant cities of London and Paris for this special Advanced Honors Trip. On this trip we will focus on history, culture, museums, and historic sites. In London we will visit several museums including the British Museum where we will have a behind the scenes look. We will critically assess history and its representations in museums. We will also spend a few days at Oxford University where our visit will include some iconic museums. Our itinerary will include a visit to Stonehenge as well as other significant sites of historic interest. There will also be plenty of time devoted to seeing and experiencing the magnificent city of London.

We will also travel to Paris where our focus on museums will be further enriched. The renovated Musee de l’Homme, the Louvre, and Quai Branly Museum of Arts and Civilization from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas will top our “to do” list. We will take ample time to see and experience one of Europe’s most remarkable cities. From Paris, we will travel to the southwest of France to visit the Dordogne region of vineyards, picturesque Medieval hilltop towns, and some of Europe’s most famous prehistoric treasures. We will tour the French National Museum of Prehistory in the village of Les Eyzies, visit cave rock art sites including the most famous, Lascaux—an amazing gallery of Paleolithic art. Students will have time to explore the countryside, markets, and towns in this beautiful and traditional part of France.

The academic focus for both courses (see below) will be a critical reading of David Graeber and David Wengrow’s newly published book The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity. Our museum visits and discussions will be guided by the provocative content of this new book.

Contact Dr. Terry Hunt at tlhunt@arizona.edu for more information on what to expect if you were to attend this trip. Please contact Dr. Lysette Davi at lysettedavis@email.arizona.edu if you have questions regarding logistics of the trip. 

For budgetary information and to apply, visit the UArizona Study Abroad website.

Applications Open November 15, 2021

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Applications Close February 25, 2022

HNRS 395H: Colloquium 

In this colloquium we will critically evaluate David Graeber and David Wengrow’s newly published book The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity (2021, Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Already widely acclaimed, somewhat controversial, and hitting the best-selling lists, the book will guide us through challenges to fundamental and conventional assumptions about human social evolution. The authors critically review notions of our ancient ancestors as “primitive” or “childlike.” They question the consequences of agriculture and cities often associated with “civilization” and deconstruct 18th Century reactions to indigenous peoples that have led to entrenched views of history. The book will be our critical companion visiting world-class museums in London and Paris, as well as to visits to archaeological and historical sites in the UK and France. 

Students will select four topics of their choice discussed in the book as well as their representation in European museums or site visits and write short (3-4 page) synthetic overviews of how Graeber and Wengrow challenge conventional ideas and arguments for human social history. In the course of our travels, we will discuss both the book and student assignments in detail. Students will be able to revise their work after feedback and before final submissions.
 

HNRS 208: Advanced Analytical Writing and Thinking 

In this course, also offered for students on the London, Paris, UK, and France Advanced Honors Trip, we will use the same text, David Graeber and David Wengrow’s newly published book The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity (2021, Farrar, Straus and Giroux). The assignment for this course will be a critical and analytical review of the book, focusing in particular on how the authors challenge conventional ideas and assumptions. We will discuss key elements of the book, particularly those generating academic controversy. Students’ book review will be 8-10 pages in length. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their reviews with the instructor as well as revise their work before final submission.