JCCC instructors host trip to Europe to study cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia

October 29, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Learn about Egypt -- in England. Johnson County Community College is hosting a trip to Europe to study cultures of Egypt and Mesopotamia.

Two faculty members from JCCC will lead a trip to London, Oxford and Berlin from May 30 to June 11, 2016, to tour and study the Egyptian and Mesopotamian collections housed in those cities.

The trip is open to the general public, but space is limited to only 18 individuals. The total cost of $4,200 includes airfare, double-occupancy rooms, breakfast, local transportation and admission to museums and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

A deposit for $500 is due by Sunday, Nov. 15, and may be paid online. Payments of $925 need to be made in December, January, February and April.

Stacy Davidson, an Egyptologist who offers Continuing Education classes at JCCC, will lead the trip with Melanie Hull, adjunct professor of history and religion at JCCC.

“Because of the imperialist advances of many European powers in the 1800s, many Egyptian and Mesopotamian artifacts and monuments were taken back to Europe,” Davidson explained. “The cities of London, Oxford and Berlin became famous for their study of Egyptian and Near Eastern art and culture.”

The tour includes these awe-inspiring sites, as well as free time to explore:

  • The British Library
  • The British Museum
  • Cleopatra’s Needle (London)
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Griffith Institute and Ashmolean Museum (Oxford)
  • Museum Island (Berlin)

A tentative schedule is available online. This same site gives directions for enrolling in the independent-study course that is available for participants, should they desire to pursue the academic-credit option.

Hull said she’s looking forward to the trip’s unique focus. “The artifacts in the museums of London are amazing, but my favorite was seeing the reconstructed walls of Babylon in the Pergamon museum of Berlin.  It really helps you visualize what the ancient world looked like,” she said.

For questions, please contact Hull or Davidson via email.