550 – Shakespeare and the Shire: A Literary Tour of England

Term: Sunday, March 12 to Friday, March 17, 2023 (during Memoria College Spring Break)
Destinations: England — Oxford, Bath, Stratford-Upon-Avon, London
Cost: $995, exclusive of flight, accommodations, and food
Credits: 1 credit hour
Instructor and Tour Guide: Joseph Pearce

Join us in England as we follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare, Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and others, under the expert tutelage of Joseph Pearce. The cost includes all site tours, lectures, and group transportation on Monday-Friday. Travel to and from England, as well as accommodations and food once there are the responsibility of conferees.

Registration Deadline is February 1


Sunday evening | The Randolph Hotel | Welcome, Orientation, and Opening Lecture

Monday – Friday | Oxford, Bath, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and more. | Daily Lectures and tours will focus on the Inklings, Shakespeare, Chesterton, Austen, and more.

Friday evening | London | Farewell Event

Saturday | Optional Tours and Excursions

Course Requirements

    • Attendance at all lectures and tours in England
    • Attendance at two online course sessions prior to the conference (dates and times to be announced) covering some of the readings
    • Completion of a writing assignment on a theme discussed at the conference

Suggested Reading

    • Hamlet, Shakespeare
    • Northanger Abbey and/or Persuasion, Jane Austen
    • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
    • Tolkien: Man & Myth, Joseph Pearce
    • Further Up & Further In: Understanding Narnia, Joseph Pearce
    • The Oxford Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien, & Their Circle, Colin Duriez

Anticipated Lectures

    • The Christian Literary Revival (From the Romantic Poets to the Inklings)
    • Shakespeare: A Man for All Seasons Part 1
    • Shakespeare: A Man for All Seasons Part 2
    • The Inklings Part 1: C.S. Lewis
    • The Inklings Part 2: J. R. R. Tolkien
    • The Challenge of Chesterton
    • Jane Austen: A Woman for All Seasons

Suggested Accommodations

Sunday to Thursday nights:

    • The Randolph Hotel in Oxford | Group rate: $259 per night. For reservations, you can use this booking link or apply this code at checkout: MEMO120323(The room block is released on January 27.)

Friday night:

Requirements for Attendance

    • Enrolled in the Memoria College Master of Arts program or accompanying an enrolled student
    • At least 21 years old