Ah, to be in England

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Quintessential English destinations ~

         THE COTSWOLDS        CAMBRIDGE        


   Presented by 

William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.

SATURDAY evenings at 7:00 PM ~

(doors open at 6:15 PM for wine and goodies)

$30 per lecture

(OCT 15, 2016) LONDON ~ 

The vibrant economic hub of Europe, a city of sky-scrapers and glass and commerce ~ and the site of centuries of history that is still right there on the surface to see and savor! Dr. Bill has lots of new things to show us from his September trip: The Wallace Collection, Sir John Soane’s Museum, the Courtauld Gallery, The British Library, and selections from all the other greats ~ the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Gallery, the Tate, and so many more. Hop on a red-double decker bus with us for a custom tour of London! SOLD OUT

(NOV 19, 2016) BATH ~  

In the rolling countryside of southwest England lies Bath ~ one of Europe’s most beautiful towns. The sleepy Georgian squares, long colonnades, and green spaces of Bath surround a natural hot springs celebrated since Roman times. The Georgians constructed sumptuous Palladian-inspired buildings of gorgeous native “Bath” stone, giving the city a warm golden glow. Come visit the Royal Crescent, the Pump Room, the spectacular Bath Abbey, the Jane Austen Center, the historic Theatre Royal, the Roman and Georgian Baths — and the brand new spa that rivals those sybaritic baths of the past.  ENROLL

(JAN 14, 2017) GLASTONBURY ~

Legends swirl around the mysterious Glastonbury Tor (tower), and the spirits of the Knights of the Round Table captivate and bewitch pilgrims even today. Believers have “discovered” tombs of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere here. Seekers of the Holy Grail (the cup Jesus used at the Last Supper) believe that it was brought to Glastonbury by Joseph of Arimathea and lies buried here under a holy spring. Come join us for a “legendary” evening in Glastonbury!  ENROLL

(FEB 18, 2017) THE COTSWOLDS ~

Rolling green hills, farm fields threaded by pretty rivers, gently studded walls of layered limestone, and charming thatched cottages of honey-colored stone make the pastoral, sheep-farming Cotswolds one of the most charming places to visit in all of England. The quirky town names are as captivating as the scenes — Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Dumbleton, Burton-on-the-Water, and Stratford-upon-Avon, to name just a few. We’ll visit some of these towns and discover the “Secret Garden” at Sudeley Castle. Join us for a visit to quintessential England!  ENROLL

(MAR 11, 2017) CAMBRIDGE ~ 

Abounding with exquisite architecture, exuding history and tradition, and renowned for its quirky rituals, Cambridge basks in its reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its tightly packed core of ancient colleges, picturesque riverside ‘Backs’ (college lawns and gardens), and leafy meadows add to the city’s tranquil appeal. Join us at the Institute for a “punt along the Cam” (very much like a Venetian gondola ride) — a unique way to experience this extraordinary university town.  ENROLL

(APR 15, 2017) EAST ANGLIA ~ 

In the sixth century, the marshlands and bogs of eastern England were populated by Anglo-Saxon peoples called the “North Folk” (Norfolk) and the “South Folk” (Suffolk), who combined to form the kingdom of the “East Angles.” The marshes were drained by Dutch technology in the 17th century, and today it is bicycler’s paradise of broad landscapes, charming towns like Norfolk and Cambridge, and stunning medieval cathedrals, such as those at Ely and Peterborough.  Meandering rivers, such as the Stour and the Cam run through country beloved of the painter John Constable. Join us for an evening “off the grid” in East Anglia!  ENROLL

(MAY 13, 2017) CANTERBURY ~ 

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, one of great works of medieval English literature, is a collection of stories recounted by pilgrims as they journeyed to the cathedral where St. Thomas a’Becket was famously murdered by his erstwhile friend, King Henry II, in 1170.  Pilgrims may no longer flock here specifically to visit the shrine of Becket, but Canterbury and its mighty cathedral is a top tourist destination in southern England. The town’s narrow medieval alleyways, riverside gardens, and ancient city walls are a joy to explore. Come join us for an evening of “tales” of Canterbury!  ENROLL

(JUN 3, 2017) YORK ~ 

York is an ancient English town that has lost nothing of its medieval charm. The 13th-century walls enclose a “shamble” of narrow streets with half-timbered buildings leaning in toward each other. The enormous and breath-taking York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world and the largest in northern Europe, is the town’s majestic centerpiece. The Minster’s collections of artifacts and manuscripts offer a rich time-capsule of stories spanning almost 2,000 years of history. Come with us for an evening’s exploration of York’s long and rich heritage!  ENROLL


William H. Fredlund, the Director of the Institute, obtained his B.A. and M.A. from UCLA, where he specialized in European history and art history. He studied in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship and completed a double Ph.D. in history and humanities at Stanford, specializing in Renaissance Italy. Dr. Fredlund has taught for UCLA, the University of Florence, Stanford, and UCSC Extension.


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