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Maymester 2019 Highlights: The U.S, U.K, and World Order

Aug 09, 2019

In May 2019 the Clements Center took 19 UT undergraduate students to London for a unique four-week Maymester study abroad program to study the US-UK special relationship at King's College London. The program includes visits to important landmarks in British cultural heritage and Anglo-American strategic history, as well as private events with senior policymakers and historians.  

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Their first week in London included visits to Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and as pictured above, St. Paul's Cathedral. 

On Friday 31, May, we took the students on a day trip to Oxford to visit the historic university where they attended a lecture on the Changing Character of War by Professor Rob Johnson before heading to Blenheim Palace, the childhood home of Winston Churchill.

The following day, the group visited the medieval Dover Castle for some insight into British history and the Battle of Britain Memorial. 

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The second week in London had a full agenda including dinner with Cat Tully, former Strategy Project Director at the UK FCO and Senior Policy Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit; a visit to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and an overnight trip to Cambridge. 

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During the third week, students took a 4-day excursion to Normandy, France to visit beaches and museums commemorating the D-Day landings in 1944.

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During the final week of the program, students attended a dinner with Professor Philip Bobbitt and Professor Charlie Lederman on American Foreign Policy: The Origins of Trumpianism. 

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