English classes regularly incorporate travel to local, regional, and farther-flung destinations into the syllabi. Locally, classes have visited Wexner Center for film screenings and "talk back" sessions with directors, strolled art walk routes in Old Towne East, examined manuscripts in Ohio State University's Rare Books Library and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. We've journeyed to Yellow Springs and the Ohio Caverns to find inspiration for creative writing; students have built their own itineraries for class travel to Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC to practice travel writing. We've carpooled, ridden trains, and taken buses on multiple trips to Chicago to see play performances and attend conferences. We've visited museum exhibits and discussed aesthetic choices with directors & choreographers in New York City.
ENGL 2910: Literary Locations
In Spring 2014, our experimental course, Literary Locations, debuted as the first English course devoted exclusively to enriching students' classroom-based scholarship with international travel. Dr. Patti Frick and Dr. Alison Prindle led students on a Spring Break trip to London where they visited on-site literary and cultural landmarks such as the Dickens Museum, The Globe Theater, Bloomsbury (home to Virginia Woolf and her literary circle), Sherlock Holmes' London, the Museum of London, the Victoria and Albert, the British Museum, and the Tate Gallery, as well as a guided day-trip outside of London. In May term 2016, Dr. Shannon Lakanen brought students to Elephant Nature Park and Koh Chang National Park in another version of Literary Locations that what cross-listed with SYE 4509: The Art of Travel: Thailand.
Student Travel Grants
The English Department annually awards travel grants to current English majors seeking assistance to complete archival or field research for critical or creative work, travel independently to literary festivals or readings, or participate and/or present their work at creative or scholarly conferences. Learn more about Student Travel Grants and download the 2015-16 application guidelines here. Deadline is October 2, 2015.