The Montreat College English Department announced that its second research trip to Oxford, England, will take place during the spring of 2014. Two students will travel with Dr. Don King, English professor and C.S. Lewis scholar, to Oxford for an advanced research project focusing on nature in the poetry, fiction, and non-fiction of C.S. Lewis.

Student participants will have an opportunity to visit sites that were connected to C.S. Lewis’s life such as Lewis’s home, the Kilns, the Oxford countryside and one of the oldest libraries in the world, the Bodleian Library.  

During the May 2012 term, a group of three Montreat students traveled with Dr. King and Dr. Cynthia Howell to Oxford to participate in undergraduate research. “One of the biggest things that I learned as a result of the project is what research is all about. So much of scholarship is about teamwork,” student participant Alyssa Klaus said of last year’s trip. “England is really the mecca for English majors. There are so many great writers that came from there, and just to go there and experience the land and culture where famous writers lived was really amazing.”

“I’ve been to Oxford a dozen times and have stayed in Lewis’s home many times, but I had always longed to get Montreat students there,” Dr. King shared of the 2012 trip. “It was very rewarding to have the three students there with us and see the students get excited about living, sleeping and working in Lewis’s home.”

“I look forward to watching my students’ eyes open to the larger world of academic research and sustained learning,” Dr. King said of this year’s trip. “This is something I share through classes on campus, but by going to Oxford, we take it to the next level. The word ‘life-changing’ is an apt description of what happens to our students during this trip Oxford.” 

The spring trip is open to Montreat College English majors and minors or other Montreat students with a strong interest in advanced literary research and writing. More information can be accessed here