Tuesday, March 24
Sites Visited: British Museum: Archaic Greek sculpture and the Parthenon galleries
Where did we stay tonight?: London
Leaders: KT Holroyd and Joe Indvik
Not just another day at The Office
Hands down, this FSP beats another day in a library cubicle. After grabbing a quick breakfast we all headed, once again, to the British Museum to spend the day with Michael Scott, a professor of classics at Cambridge University. In the morning, Dr. Scott led us through the Archaic sculpture galleries and provided a lively lecture on the nuances of the period’s artistic trends. After a one hour break for lunch, we returned to the infamous Parthenon gallery (everyone remember the frieze from Day 1?) to study Athenian sculptural techniques in the high classical period. Dr. Scott began a heated debate as to the rightful resting place of the Parthenon sculptures. Although the new Acropolis Museum in Athens has already prepared a place for the sculptures, many feel that they should remain in Britain. It appears that the debate will go on for the foreseeable future, as neither side seems eager to compromise. By 3:00 we had thanked Dr. Scott for his entertaining and informative lectures and headed into the courtyard to receive our latest assignment from Professor Christesen, who ironically remarked that two hours was far too long to go without some heavy duty analysis. After three hours of work and forty five minutes of painful attempts to print seven papers on one already weary printer, we were done for the day. So much for a nine to five job.
Around eight o’clock most of us finally headed out to explore London. Little did we know that so much of the learning on this trip would happen outside an academic context. After an hour of intense philosophical debate that somehow emerged at The Ultimate Burger, followed by a night exploring the city, we all began to feel the beginnings of an FSP bond.
Intro to the day with fearless leaders:
Tour of the luxurious Astor Inn hotel: