By Rachel Judy
August 21, 2015
L-R: Course professor Dr. Ben Fraser with students Dana Sleger, Danny Roman-Gloro and Michelle Groover
A nine-mile trek to a local pub might seem a bit extreme for an evening's adventure in Oxford, but for a group of Regent University students and their professors, it was all part of their study abroad experience. A visit to The Trout was one of many memorable moments during C.S. Lewis & Friends: Communication, Myth and Imagination, an online course offered each summer by the School of Communication & the Arts.
During a week-long trip to Oxford, England, students visited places frequented by Lewis and his contemporaries, including his home (The Kilns), Magdalen College (where Lewis taught) and the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin. The group of nearly 25 students also spent time in class discussions and learning from Lewis scholars.
"Not only are you grasping a glimpse at the past, you are also able to have real one-on-one time with your professors," said doctoral student Michelle Groover. "As an online student, it was one thing that I treasured most during our week."
The works of Lewis have fascinated children and adults for decades, both for the captivating stories told, as well as the themes and messages they share. The course aims to immerse students in his writings by studying them and then walking through the places and events that inspired him.
For Groover and fellow graduate student Gorman Woodfin, one of the highlights of the trip was walking down Addison Walk, the place Lewis began his conversion from atheism to Christianity. "It was such an unbelievable academic experience," Woodfin said. "To me it was incredible to walk where that happened."
"Each day there was something new and interesting," Groover recalled. "At times I felt as if I had stepped back in time."
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