PASSPORT TO ENGLAND SCHEDULE - FALL 2012.

Monday, August 27, 3:30 p.m., Chambers Library: Cheese Please! One aspect of British cuisine that has been consistently valued for centuries is its amazing cheese. Sample classic English cheeses from Edmond's Epicurean's Pantry, while learning about English cheesemaking history and viewing cheese-related videos. (Clicking the link will open the store's Facebook page in a new browser window).

Tuesday, August 28, 7:30 p.m., Chambers Library: Ten Things to See in London Before you Die. Dr. Marvin Ludlum has guided student groups through London's high spots for years. Here, he gives his recommendations and explains why these ten places simply must not be missed.

Thursday, August 30, 7:30 p.m. Pegasus Theater: Beowulf film and game. The Liberal Arts British film festival kicks off with a short animated film dramatizing the famous epic, Beowulf. Finish the evening with a try at a Beowulf-based board game, sponsored by UCO's Chess and Games club.

Wednesday, September 5, Broncho Lake at the blue tent, 9:00(ish) a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Speaker's Corner. Experience one of London's most cherished traditions: the "soap box" orators who, long ago, first established a place in England where speakers can enjoy entirely free speech without fear of government interference. Here we will re-create the tradition with members of UCO's debate team at Broncho Lake. Please note: Because this is a come-and-go event that will go on for several hours, students will not be able to collect a stamp. At a later date we intend to schedule a review of the day's highlights with video and commentary, and that follow-up event will be stamp-able. Please check the website during the semester for the date, time, and place.

Thursday, September 6, 12:30 p.m., Y-Chapel of Song: Songs from Shakespeare. Myles Simpson, a voice graduate student in UCO's School of Music, performs arrangements of songs by William Shakespeare.

Thursday, September 6, 7:30 p.m. Pegasus Theater: Film, Elizabeth. A lavishly filmed depiction of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her struggle with the difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch, starring Cate Blanchett in the title role.

Monday, September 10, 2:00 p.m., COM 120: Eight Ways England Has Shaped the World: 500 Years of Globalization and Cultural Diffusion. Dr. Douglas Hurt explores England's legacy.

Wednesday, September 12, 2:00 p.m., COM 120: Chemical Pictures. Mark Zimmerman will demonstrate the wet-plate collodion photography process that was invented by Englishman Frederick Scott Archer in 1851. Using chemicals and an antique camera, Zimmerman will create images on metal and glass.

Thursday, September 13, 7:30 p.m. Pegasus Theater: Film, Cold Comfort Farm. Based on the 1932 comic novel by Stella Gibbons, this hilarious, eccentric, and uniquely British film stars Kate Beckinsale as the resourceful 20-year-old Flora Poste, a London socialite. Recently orphaned, with an inheritance of only £100 a year, she takes refuge with distant relatives on a broken-down farm in rural England.

Wednesday, September 19, 4:00 p.m., Troy Smith auditorium (Business building): "Whatever happened to the New Elizabethans? Jubilee Reflections on Contemporary Britain." Special Guest Peter Catterall, Reader at the University of Westminster, London. In 1952, upon hearing of the death of her father, Elizabeth II flew back from Kenya to a city still pockmarked by bombsites to take up her throne. A "New Elizabethan Age" was widely proclaimed, if not defined, either then or subsequently during sixty years of seemingly profound changes in Britain. In demonstrating that amidst these dramatic social, cultural and economic shifts there were nevertheless more continuities than simply the Queen herself, Dr. Catterall will suggest some ways in which a new Elizabethan era might indeed be understood and encapsulated.

Thursday, September 20, 7:30 p.m. Pegasus Theater: Film, Shadowlands. C.S. Lewis, the world-renowned professor and author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters, led a passionless, unfulfilled life until he met spirited poet Joy Gresham, whom he married in 1956. Directed by Sir Richard Attenborough, this film stars Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.

Friday, September 21, 8:00 p.m.-midnight at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan, Bricktown. ACM@UCO and Passport UCO Present a British Invasion Dance Party. Featuring performances by The Lost Boys, Kenworth from The Spy's Freakbeat Radio, and E Roy from The Spy's Toaster Brunch. Come dressed as your favorite British '60s icon for a costume contest.
Free admission at 8 p.m. Open to the public. A free bus for students will leave from the NUC portico at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 p.m., Pegasus Theater: A Whole Lotta Shakespeare. Tim Mooney, who directed Molière's Tartuffe for last year's Passport to France program, will be back on our campus with his one-man "Whole Lotta Shakespeare" show. Experience Shakespeare's monologues as never before: chosen at random, Bingo-style!

Wednesday, September 26, 1:00 p.m., Chambers Library. Dickens at 200: A Celebration of His Life and Works. A look at biographies, collections, and special exhibitions celebrating the life and works of the inimitable Victorian novelist, editor, and playwright Charles Dickens. This presentation will offer an exploration of texts that highlight his work and writings on behalf of the urban poor women and children.

Thursday, September 27, 7:30 p.m. Pegasus Theater: Film, Hope and Glory. A semiautobiographical story by John Boorman about a nine-year-old growing up in London during the blitz of WW2. For a young boy, this time in history was an adventure, a total upheaval of order, restrictions, and discipline. Not to mention the joy when Hitler blows up your school.

Wednesday, October 3, 3:30 p.m., NUC 421 (Will Rogers Room): The Mary Rose Symphony multimedia production. Guest artist Kyle Dillingham, UCO's music ambassador, and Callen Clarke, composer, will perform pieces and discuss their composition of a work that evokes Tudor England and the wreck of Henry VIII's favorite warship, the Mary Rose. Dillingham will talk about his experience with Prince Charles's representatives from the Mary Rose Museum, who provided artifacts for display on the UCO campus and attended the symphony's premiere two years ago. The performance and discussion will be followed by a screening of the related documentary that aired on OETA in February 2011.
See a promotional teaser for the documentary at http://www.oeta.tv/video/1876.html (this link will open a new window on your browser).

There will be no film in Pegasus Theater this week.

Thursday, October 4-Sunday, October 7, Mitchell Hall: Henry V. In this historical drama by William Shakespeare, Henry V has overcome his misspent youth and earned the respect and love of his subjects, but will they follow him into battle against France? Hopelessly outnumbered, he rouses his army to become a juggernaut that, despite all reason, defeats the French at every turn. Exhaustive efforts have been undertaken to present this classic in every conceivable authentic detail from costuming, combat, scenery, and armor. Thursday-Saturday evenings, with a Sunday afternoon matinee at 2 p.m.

FALL BREAK - no Thursday film.

Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 p.m. Mitchell Hall: The British Are Coming! Brian Lamb and Karl Nelson of the School of Music present a joint concert of instrumental and choral music, including old favorites and newer classics from the "British Invasion" of the '60s.

Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 p.m. ED 115: Film, The King's Speech. The story of Elizabeth II's father, George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne in the wake of his older brother's unexpected abdication, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch evolve into a beloved monarch and world leader. Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Tuesday, October 23, 2 p.m., CTL 101: Sterling Reasons Why Great Britain Hasn't Joined the Euro. The Eurozone--that area of Europe using the new currency, the Euro--is distinctive for who's not a member: Great Britain. Why is one of the most important economies of Europe not taking part in the common currency area? This lecture by Dr. Loren Gatch of UCO's department of Political Science examines what factors, past and present, have turned Great Britain away from this experiment in financial integration, and what the prospects are for the country adopting the Euro in the future.

Tuesday, October 23, 7:15 p.m., Pegasus Theater: Alan Smith reads from his prose. Alan Smith is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Northampton. He has published two novels, Big Soft Lads (Headline Review, 1997) and What About Me? (Headline Review, 1998). Since April 2001 he has written feature articles for The Guardian, one of Britain's most venerable newspapers, on the subject of prisons. He has just completed a book--and a play--about his experiences teaching in prisons. Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts Global Initiatives program and the UCO English Department.

Thursday, October 25, 4:00 p.m., ED 115: A look inside East London schools. You are cordially invited to an Afternoon Tea with two London Public School Teachers: Darren Wallace, head teacher at Old Ford School, and and Muneera Dolan, head teacher at Culloden School. Darren and Muneera will give us a look inside their schools, both of which are located near the Olympic Stadium. They will share their insights and experiences on living in the region and dealing with the challenges faced by teaching in urban school settings in East London. An informal discussion of cross-cultural comparisons between the American and British educational systems will follow.

Thursday, October 25, 7:30 p.m. Pegasus Theater: Film, Bright Star. This romantic biopic of the doomed young poet, John Keats, features incredible costumes, lush English scenery, and a script by Andrew Motion. The film was produced during Motion's final year of his time as England's poet laureate, 1999-2009.

Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 p.m., W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute auditorium: Film, Dracula. The Hammer classic!

Thursday, November 1, 12:30 p.m., COM 120: Two Jubilees. Dr. Walter Arnstein, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, places events of 2012--including Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee (and indirectly this year's Olympic Games in London) in the context of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee of 1897. In the process he will call attention to a number of historical ironies including the fortuitous manner in which the very notion of "Jubilee" became attached to Britain's monarchy, the accidental manner in which the Diamond Jubilee became a celebration of empire, and how the Victorian era--often best remembered today as one relative peace, stability, and complacency--was looked back upon by contemporaries as the most eventful and dramatic epoch experienced by any single lifetime in all of human history.

Thursday, November 1, 2:00 p.m. LAR 225: Britain in the Age of Empire, 1871-1919. This follow-up lecture and discussion by Dr. Arnstein is focused more on history than on politics. For students who attend, it is worth a separate passport stamp.

Thursday, November 1, 7:30 p.m. Pegasus Theater: Film, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. First released under its original name, The Wind in the Willows, this is a little-known gem written and directed by Terry Jones and starring several of his fellow members of Monty Python including Eric Idle, Michael Palin, and John Cleese. And unlike most Monty Python movies, it's kid-friendly, so feel free to bring the little ones along! Based on the famous children's book by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908.

Tuesday, November 6, 12:00-1:30 p.m. COM 120: "Why Do They Hate Us?" Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on England vs. France. Here in the US, we may think that the French are busy with their anti-Americanism. They are not. In fact, the French, as a rule and for centuries, are quite occupied by their disdain for their neighbor across the Channel, the British. This animosity is altogether mutual and not entirely misplaced. Join Dr. Webster for an exploration of the fraught Anglo-French relationship in its many and sometimes surprising forms.

Tuesday, November 6, 7:30 p.m., Radke Recital Hall (CTL building): English Song Recital. Graduate students from the School of Music introduce and perform classic English music.

Wednesday, November 7, 3:30 p.m. Chambers Library: Henry VIII: What's with all the wives? A look at Henry VIII, his six marriages, the Protestant Reformation, and the impact they had to change English society forever. Dr. Michael Springer will discuss why the Playboy King wasn't playing around.

Thursday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. Pegasus Theater: Film, Miss Potter. A dramatization of the life of the Victorian author of many beloved children's books, including the famous Tale of Peter Rabbit. Starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.

Wednesday, November 14, 11 a.m. Chambers Library room 226: Victorian Women, Unwed Mothers and the London Foundling Hospital. Dr. Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen talks about her new book, published July 2012!

Thursday, November 15, 12:00 noon, Constitution Hall: Fashion Show. Do you know what a "fascinator" is, and why Queen Elizabeth II banned them at the Royal Ascot races? Find out here (or get a sneak-peek preview here.

Thursday, November 15, 7:30 p.m. Pegasus Theater: Film, Wilde. The story of Oscar Wilde: novelist, playwright, poet, self-proclaimed genius, and The First Modern Man, starring Stephen Fry in the title role. Wilde's final and funniest play, The Importance of Being Earnest, will be performed by UCO students in this same time and place, two weeks from tonight.

Tuesday, November 12, through Thursday, November 14, Jazz Lab: Opera Scenes - A Night in England, including selections from those popular sensations of the Victorian period, Gilbert and Sullivan. Come enjoy a pint and experience the beautiful music of English composers in the popular opera workshop concerts. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Instead of stamping passports for this event, we request that you staple your ticket inside your passport booklet.

Thursday, November 29, and Friday, November 30, 7:30 p.m. Pegasus Theater: Play, The Importance of Being Earnest. In this unique readers' theatre production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, we explore the power of social satire and the characterizing features of late Victorian Britain. This production is student-driven, and will not focus as much on production values such as set and costumes; rather, the primary focus will be on Wilde's sparkling language and dynamic use of comedy.

Thursday, December 6, through Sunday, December 9, Pegasus Theater: Play, Season's Greetings. British playwright Alan Ayckbourn premiered this play in England in 1980, and by 1982 it was a phenomenal success. With crisp and witty dialogue, the audience views Christmas with the Bunker family. It is the season for bickering relatives, drunken mishaps, and a bumbling incompetent doctor who bores everyone with his puppet show. The holiday traditions we all love (and secretly dread) meet with disaster and hilarity in this riotously funny take on a "normal" family Christmas. Thursday-Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Please check the Passport to England website on a regular basis over the course of the semester in case of venue shifts, added events, cancellations, or additional information as the semester continues.

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