March 21, 2008 — In conjunction with the 400th anniversary of watershed European settlements in North America — England founded Jamestown in 1607, France settled Quebec in 1608, and Spain chartered Santa Fe, N.M. as a capital in 1609 — the University of Virginia is offering a Travel and Learn program each summer to the respective cities.
Guided by leading professors, this summer's program explores Quebec, the first French stronghold in North America, on July 9-13, 2008. The program will follow the trails blazed by Samuel de Champlain and his fellow travelers, exploring the momentous consequences for Europeans and the native peoples they encountered during an era of competition for control of the "New World."
Lectures, discussions, special access tours in Quebec, and visits to Montreal and Ottawa will be led by renowned scholars, including U.Va.'s Jeffrey Hantman, one of world's foremost experts on the American Indian; William Moss, Quebec's chief archaeologist; William Kelso, director of archaeology for the Jamestown Rediscovery Project; and Gilles Proulx, Smithsonian Museum contributing author.
"This is an extraordinary opportunity for history lovers to deeply delve into some of the North American continent's most important stories, people, events and places," said Joan Gore, director of travel programs at U.Va.'s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Prices start at $2,775 per person and includes four nights' hotel accommodation; daily breakfasts, two boxed lunches and three dinners; in-program transportation via deluxe coach, all admissions and tours and program sessions. Air transportation is not included.
For reservations and more information about "The 2nd Founding of North America Symposium: The French, The Indians and The History and Archaeology of Québec," visit: www.virginia.edu/travelandlearn, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (800) 346-3882 or (434) 982-5252.
About the University of Virginia Travel & Learn Programs for Adults
Each year, the University of Virginia offers an assortment of seminars traveling to interesting and historic destinations in the United States and abroad to explore a wide variety of topics. These programs are led by lauded U.Va. faculty and their colleagues at institutions worldwide.
Other 2008 Programs
The Virginia Wine Experience: Jefferson's Dream to the New World Scene
June 4-8, 2008 | University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
The 20th Jefferson Symposium: Friends and Foes
June 18-22, 2008 | University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
The 8th Shakespeare Seminar: Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth
June 25-29, 2008 | University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
The 21st Seminar at Oxford, England
The Era of Revolution in Britain, France and America and the Making of the Modern Western World
August 10-16, 2008 | Merton College, Oxford University
(with an optional post-program excursion to Paris August 16-18)
Further information on these seminars can be found at www.virginia.edu/travelandlearn.