College of Liberal Arts faculty Jamie Gianoutsos, lecturer of history, Greg Murry, assistant professor of history, and University Professor Carol Hinds of the English department, recently took a group of sophomore honors students to Washington D.C. as part of the Veritas course Imagination and Invention. They went to the National Gallery, where Dr. Murry lectured on Van Eyck's painting "Annunciation, " and Prof. Gianoutsos lectured on Jacques Louis David's painting "Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries." The group also visited the Folger Shakespeare Library, and saw a Folger production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. For many of the students, this was the first time seeing a live performance of Shakespeare.
The trip allowed the students to apply the history and art theory they are learning in the classroom, and for many it was very rewarding. "I've never enjoyed a play as much, " said Micuela Kowalski of the Shakespeare performance.
"I feel very privileged to be a part of a program that treats students to trips like this," Peter Kelly said.
The trip was sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Honors Program.