Scandinavian Seafaring Aboard Sea Cloud II

June 19 - 26, 2015

norway_OsloWEB.jpgTour Oslo, Norway’s Viking Ship Museum and its unparalleled collection of historic vessels. Spend a full day at sea, with the chance to experience the ship under sail. Celebrate Midsummer’s Eve with bonfires on the beach in Skagen, the northernmost point in Denmark. Call at Copenhagen, originally a Viking fishing village and now a culturally and historically rich capital city. All the while, enjoy the elegance and romance of bygone eras combined with the highest modern standards of luxury aboard Sea Cloud II.

Study Leader Information

James Hepokoski, Professor of Music at Yale, has taught there since 1999 and now serves as chair of the Department of Music.He is a specialist in operatic, symphonic, and chamber music from the 18th to the 20th centuries, particularly its political and cultural implications. His courses range from Mozart, Beethoven, and European Nationalism to American Music, 1920s Blues, and Cole Porter songs. In 2010 he was awarded Yale College’s Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities. He is the co-author of the awardwinning Elements of Sonata Theory. For this program he will explore music’s important role in the construction of the Scandinavian national identity. James Lowenthal is Professor of Astronomy at Smith College. In his research he explores the origins of galaxies by using the world’s largest telescopes to peer more than 90 percent of the way back in time to the Big Bang, and he also leads student projects on exoplanets. His fascination with astronomy began in New York City with a home-made telescope he still uses to photograph the heavens from his backyard, and includes a book on total solar eclipses he published while still an undergraduate at Yale. After earning a PhD from the University of Arizona, he did postdoctoral work at Johns Hopkins, NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute, and UC Santa Cruz before joining the astronomy faculty at UMass Amherst in 1997 and moving to Smith in 2002.

Tour Itinerary

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