London comes to Lawrence: Off-campus Program’s London Week

Deborah Nixon

Lawrence students who have never experienced British culture outside books and the movie theater will soon have the opportunity. During the week of February 18-22, the Lawrence Off-Campus Programs Office will host London Week, a new method of promoting the Lawrence London Centre.The London Centre is Lawrence’s own study abroad program, located in a rented building in South Kensington, an area near Kensington Palace in central London. It is a popular study abroad choice for Lawrence students due to its adherence to the trimester system, making the transfer of credit extremely easy. London Centre alum and senior Jenny Stoner added, “London is familiar because of the English background, but also [is] a very unique experience in a very diverse city.”

At the London Centre, students are enveloped in British culture through their surroundings and a core course entitled “British Life and Culture.” Students also take three elective courses on subjects ranging from British history to theater. Of course, much of their time is also spent attending concerts and visiting sites in London. On weekends and term breaks, students can easily visit other areas of the United Kingdom and neighboring countries.

During London Week, Stoner and former London Centre Program Manager and Residence Hall Director Laura Zuege will organize activities to give students a taste of life in London. Stoner commented, “We wish not only to celebrate the London Centre by reminiscing with alums on their past experiences and bringing some of the culture to [the] Appleton Campus, but also to promote [the] London Centre to all LU students.”

The week begins on Monday, Feb. 18 with Stoner and Zuege tabling at Downer, answering questions about the week’s events and opportunities at the London Centre. On the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 20, the London-based movie “About a Boy” (2002) will be shown in Wriston Auditorium.

The last main event of the week features an English Dinner line at Downer on Friday, Feb. 22. The line includes traditional “pub grub,” such as fish-and-chips and bangers and mash (sausage and potatoes).

Throughout the week, display boards will be located in the Library, the Union, Lucinda’s, and Downer, showing photos of London sites. Alums will wear “I studied in London” pins and will be open to questions about their experience in London. Tea will also be sent to all Lawrence professors in a gesture to promote the London Centre in their classrooms.

Stoner hopes that this week “provides ways for them [students] to learn about the city of London as well as the program and how great both are.