UVA at Oxford Seminar 2019—The Old World and the New: Britain and America

Date & Time

September 14 - 20, 2019


Trinity College, University of Oxford
Broad Street
Oxford, England


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The UVA at Oxford Seminar will examine perceptions and connections between Britain and America. The views of the Seminar’s faculty leaders, British-born Andrew O’Shaughnessy, whose field is early American history, juxtaposed with those of American Jeanie Grant Moore, whose field is British literature, give kaleidoscopic perspectives of relations between the two countries as they have developed a unique friendship.

Beginning with early encounters in the Renaissance, and moving through the 18th Century and the Victorian Age, their series of lectures will use historical and literary lenses to view the evolution of what Winston Churchill once called the “Special Relationship.”

Join faculty experts for a weeklong learning experience in beautiful Oxford with excursions to Liverpool and London. Engage in classroom lectures and discussions, take guided tours of historic sites, visit museums, and live in-college at the nearly 500-year-old Trinity College, University of Oxford. The seminar will encourage us to think of our own society from the vantage point of foreigners whose views are sometimes misconceived and at other times very penetrating.


Andrew O’Shaughnessy

Professor of History, University of Virginia and Vice President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello

Andrew O’Shaughnessy is Professor of History at the University of Virginia, Vice President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. A dual citizen of Britain and the United States, he received his BA, MA and DPhil. from Oriel College, Oxford University.

O’Shaughnessy’s most recent book, The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), received eight national awards including the New York Historical Society American History Book Prize, the George Washington Book Prize, The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Excellence in American History Book Award, and The Society of Military History Book Prize.

O’Shaughnessy is also the author of An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000) which was the alternate designate selection of the History Book Club. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he is an editor of the Jeffersonian America series published by the University of Virginia Press, The Journal of American History and the Journal of the Early Republic. This is O’Shaughnessy’s second time as faculty leader at UVA at Oxford Seminar.

Jeanie Grant Moore

Professor Emerita of English, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Assistant Professor of English, University of San Diego

Jeanie Grant Moore, Professor Emerita of English from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, now teaches in the English department at the University of San Diego. She received her BA at UCLA, her MA at San Diego State University, and her PhD at the University of California, Riverside.

From 1996 to 2008 as a faculty member of the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, she taught courses in British literature, Shakespeare, gender studies, and theatre. Moore also served as Graduate Director for the university. During her tenure in Wisconsin, she traveled with students on study tours to France, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and co-created, co-taught, and co-administered semesters abroad at Cambridge University with Andrew O’Shaughnessy. After leaving Wisconsin, she guided interested adults on educational tours abroad.

At the University of San Diego, Moore teaches a wide range of courses and serves as an Integration Fellow for the Living Learning Community of first-year students. She recently received the Faculty Award for Exceptional Teaching.

An unabashedly self-described Anglophile, Moore has traveled widely in the UK, not only leading students abroad, but also conducting research at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and the British Library. Her publications include articles on British and Italian literature of the medieval and Renaissance periods, and her current research addresses the issues of power, gender, and the visual on the Elizabethan stage. She has delivered papers at regional, national, and international conferences.

Jeanie Grant Moore and Andrew O’Shaughnessy have collaborated many times. For two years they taught a semester-long study abroad program at University of Cambridge while working at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. They also have team-taught an Honors course at the University of Wisconsin and co-directed a Monticello trip in Britain tracing the footsteps of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in their tour of England in 1786.

Program Highlights

Trinity College, which is located on Broad Street, may be visited at your leisure for a casual stroll of the grounds. This historic college has been a place of study since 1286. Founded in 1555, its Chapel, dining hall, quads, and beautiful gardens will be our home away from home for our week-long learning experience at the University of Oxford.

  • Walking tour of historic University of Oxford
  • Inside glimpse of the second oldest library in Britain, the Bodleian Library, including the Duke Humfrey’s Library and the Divinity School
  • A visit behind the walls of New College and Magdalen College
  • A guided tour through Christ Church, constructed in the 12th century
  • A Choral Evensong service at Christ Church
  • An excursion to Liverpool to visit:
    • The International Slavery Museum. Opened in August 2007, by December 2016 it had welcomed more than 3.8 million visitors. It is the only museum of its kind to look at aspects of historical and contemporary slavery as well as being an international hub for resources on human rights issues.
    • The Merseyside Maritime Museum on the Royal Albert Dock. The museum contains a variety of objects associated with the social and commercial history of the port of Liverpool and houses the major exhibition, Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story, which tells of Liverpool’s links to the ill-fated liner.
    • Knowsley Hall, the ancestral home to Earl and Countess of Derby. With over 1000 years of history, this much-loved estate remains one of Merseyside’s hidden treasures and only stately home.
  • Finding America in London – A unique, daylong journey through London that will bring history to life, ending with our farewell dinner at the Reform Club. Stops include:
    • Grosvenor Square Garden in central London—The Royal Parks. Grosvenor Square has been the traditional home of the official American presence in London since John Adams established the first American mission to the Court of St. James’s in 1785. From 1785 to 1788, Adams lived in the house which still stands on the corner of Brook and Duke Streets.
    • Inns of Court: The Secret World of Legal London. Discover the origins and history of the English Legal system through an odyssey that crisscrosses the centuries. Gain insight into the customs that still play a major role in England’s everyday business.
    • St. James Palace, a royal residence. Built largely between 1531 and 1536 by Henry VIII, much of the original red brick building still survives today, including the Chapel Royal, the gatehouse, some turrets and two surviving Tudor rooms in the State apartments.
    • The Reform Club. This imposing and palatial Clubhouse founded in 1836 is in Pall Mall in the center of London’s Clubland. Opened in 1841, its membership was restricted to those who pledged support for the Great Reform Act of 1832. It was developed as the political headquarters of the Liberal Party, but is no longer associated with any particular political party.

*Tentative program. Check website often.

Helpful Information

Health Care
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Inoculations and Preventative Medications
Check with your physician for her/his recommendations. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have a useful website with specific destination information as well as a CDC Travelers’ Health Automated Information Line: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636). You will be notified in your confirmation packet whether any vaccines or preventative medications are recommended for travel to your destination.

Airport Safety and Security
Check the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website prior to travel for the most recent rules about airline safety. Allow additional time for international flights. Identification: Always have your passport accessible, but protected against theft. Be prepared to show your passport when presenting/receiving tickets and boarding passes, entering departure gates, going through passport control, and boarding flights. Carry-on Luggage: To expedite the screening process, pack liquids and gels—shampoo, toothpaste, perfume, hair gel, suntan lotion and items with similar consistency—in your checked baggage. Check your airline’s regulations for items you can/can’t pack in carry-on bags. Do not put sharp objects like nail scissors, razors, or pocket knives in carry-on bags as they may be considered a threat to safety and could be taken from you; pack them in checked baggage instead. Accepting Items from Others: Under no circumstances should you ever take anything from, or hold anything for, anyone who asks you to do so. Watching Your Bags: Your bags should be in your sight at all times, including on the way from baggage claim to customs. Random Baggage Searches: If you are stopped and asked to open your luggage, cooperate with the customs officials as they often conduct random baggage searches. Body Searches: Airport security officials may conduct random body searches using an electronic device. In some cases, a security official of the same sex as you may conduct a body search using his or her hands, and/or ask you to remove your shoes for inspection. Distractions: Airports are full of people carrying cash, credit cards, passports and other valuable documents. Therefore, airports tend to be an active place for thieves. While your attention is focused on checking in, boarding, getting your bags, finding a restroom, etc., you can become an easy target for theft. Be alert to anyone who suspiciously tries to distract you by asking directions, knocking over your coffee, reaching under a bathroom stall, etc.

Currency Exchange
Before your trip, U.S. banks and credit unions are likely to provide the best exchange rates and charge the lowest fees for foreign currency. Airport kiosks usually offer poor exchange rates and high fees. Upon arrival at your destination, your bank’s ATM network is the best option; foreign airports, hotels, and stores in popular tourist areas tend to charge more. After your trip, your bank or credit union may buy back your foreign currency (but not all types); you may also donate it in the airport or in flight. For currency conversion rates, visit XE or OANDA.

Check the expected weather online ahead of time (see “Other Useful Information” below). Pack as lightly as possible; avoid excess baggage! Bring comfortable clothing—especially comfortable shoes. Layers work well for changing climates instead of heavy outerwear. Pack a lightweight, waterproof jacket, poncho, or umbrella. Wear casual attire unless otherwise specified. For helpful packing tips and lists, visit One Bag or Wikitravel. On the final evening, business casual attire is required. Men: collared shirts, jacket, slacks, and shoes (non-sport, sandals, etc.). Ties not required. Women: modest attire, slacks or dress. No jeans or leather jackets.

Trinity College does not provide Porter Service to assist with luggage. Elevators are limited in Oxford.

Passport and Other Documents
Please make sure your passport does not expire prior to six months after the return date of your trip. If you need to apply for or renew a passport, allow a minimum of 12-16 weeks before departure. You may request an expedited passport for an additional fee. For more information about renewing an active or expired passport, or applying for a passport for the first time, see Travel.State.Gov. Carry passports, money, credit cards, and important documents with you, secure yet readily accessible. Consider purchasing a small travel pack you can wear underneath your clothing. Leave a photocopy of your passport ID page with your belongings in a different location from your actual passport and leave a copy at home. Likewise, make a copy of both sides of your credit cards and store in a secure location from your actual credit cards.

Personal Safety & Security
Conduct your own research on England; consider information about safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural and religious conditions in this country. Check up-to-date travel warnings at Travel.State.Gov. Be aware of local conditions and customs that may present safety risks and behave in a manner respectful of others’ well-being. For more information about being a guest in a foreign country, see Travel.State.Gov.

Most U.S. phone companies offer international travel plans that allow you to make calls, send texts, and access data. To check plans, see international services for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon. (If you forget to add an international plan and use your cell phone in another country, roaming charges will be extremely expensive!) A Voice Over IP (VoIP) service such as Skype can be used on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone via an Internet connection. Skype users talk free to each other and can make calls to landlines and cell phones at affordable rates. You can access country calling codes here.

UVA strongly recommends the purchase of trip cancellation insurance that covers cancellation due to political unrest, natural disasters, or personal emergencies such as illness or accident. Baggage insurance is recommended. If you must cancel your participation in this program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Please note that there is a timeframe for securing trip insurance. The University of Virginia will cancel its endorsement of, and faculty and staff participation in, any program destination for which a Travel Warning is issued by the U.S. Department of State. Find information about purchasing trip cancellation insurance at, or contact your credit card company.

Other Useful Information
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·  If you have mobility issues or dietary restrictions, please bring this to our attention on the Registration Form and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs. Please note that this program may include walking on uneven surfaces and climbing stairs.

Terms & Conditions

Age Requirement
Registration is open to those 18 years of age or older.

Participant Physical Abilities
Please note that this educational seminar may be problematic for anyone who has difficulty with walking or mobility. This program requires extensive walking tours on uneven surfaces and may involve climbing stairs and standing for long periods. Elevators are limited in Oxford. We aim to treat all participants equally. We ask that you let us know of any disability or special need so that we can advise you as to whether this program is appropriate. Prospective participants with mobility difficulties or visual or hearing impairments may want to make preliminary inquiries before signing up for the program since the age and layout of many of the Oxford buildings and streets make them user-unfriendly. Oxford, as an ancient city, tends to be difficult to navigate for people with disabilities. Trinity College does not provide Porter Service to assist with luggage.

Please read carefully the following terms and conditions, which constitute the sole, legally enforceable agreements between the participant and the University. In that capacity, the University of Virginia will exercise all reasonable care possible to ensure the participant’s safety and satisfaction, but, the University of Virginia neither assumes nor bears any responsibility or liability for any injury, death, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity arising in connection with the services of any ship, airplane, train, automobile, motor coach, carriage or other conveyance, or the actions of any third party involved in carrying the participant or in affecting these programs. The University of Virginia is not responsible for damages, additional expenses, or any other losses due to: cancellation, delay or other changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, civil disturbances, acts or threats of terrorism, travel warnings or bans, termination or suspension of war risks or other carrier insurance, quarantine, acts of God or other causes beyond our control. All such losses must be borne by the participant, and program rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. In the event of cancellation, delay or rescheduling mandated by any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the participant shall have the option of accepting in lieu of the original program such rescheduled program or other substituted program(s) as may be offered by us, or else, receiving a refund of as much of such advance program expenditures as we are able to recover on the participant’s behalf from carriers, third-party program vendors, etc., but, we shall not have any obligation or liability to the participant beyond the foregoing.

The University of Virginia and Oxford University reserve the right to make alterations to the program’s itinerary and to substitute accommodations or lecturers if this is required. We reserve the right to cancel, delay, or reschedule any program prior to departure, and, so long as this is not due to any of the aforesaid causes beyond our control, the participant shall be entitled to a full refund of all monies paid to that point if he/she so desires. No refund shall be made for any unused portion of any program.

By registering for this Seminar, the participant certifies that he/she and/or others covered thereby do not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that could create a hazard for them or other participants. We reserve the right to decline to accept or to decline to retain any person as a member of any program should such person’s health, condition or actions adversely affect or threaten the welfare or safety of other participants or impede the program.

Baggage or valuables brought on the program shall be transported, handled or stored at the participant’s risk entirely, and, we shall bear no liability or responsibility for any damage or other loss thereto. Participant tickets are not transferable and are not subject to alteration by the participant. No suit shall be maintainable against the University of Virginia, University of Oxford, carrier, or vessel, for any losses, accidents, damages to person, property, personal injury (including death or other types of bodily injury) of the participants. Resolution of any disputes arising hereunder shall be brought within the United States Commonwealth of Virginia, pursuant to the applicable general maritime law, and applying the applicable general maritime law and Federal maritime statutes.

Program costs are based upon current lodging, transportation, tariffs and currency values.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare; visa and passport fees; airport, port, and departure taxes; excess baggage fees; luggage and trip cancellation insurance; meals and alcoholic beverages not specified; optional sightseeing; travel protection insurance; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, e-mail service and gratuities.

Late Booking Fee
The University of Virginia reserves the right to impose a late booking fee to offset additional administrative costs for any reservations received 45 days (or closer) to the program’s departure date. This fee is $300 per person, over and above any costs incurred by Oxford.

Passport and Visas
The onus is upon the participant to ensure that passports and visas are valid for the countries visited. The University and its staff and agents cannot be held liable for any visas, etc, not held by the guest, nor the cost of visas.

Loss and Liability
Neither University of Oxford nor the University of Virginia nor any person or agent acting for, through, or on behalf of this seminar shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever, and without restricting the generality of the foregoing, shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its brochure or other literature or loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, theft, injury or death. In addition, the University of Virginia or University of Oxford shall have the right at any time at its discretion to cancel thereof or make any alteration to the seminar, accommodation, and other details, and in the event inadvisable by weather, strike, war, government or interference or any other cause whatsoever, the extra expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be the responsibility of the passenger.

The University of Virginia or Oxford University may at its discretion and without liability or cost to itself at any time cancel or terminate the guest’s booking and in particular without limiting the generality of the foregoing it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or the illegal or incompatible behavior of the guest, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund. The person making any booking will, by the making of such booking, warrant that he or she has authority to enter into a contract on behalf of the other person included in such a booking and in the event of the failure of any or all of the other persons so included to make payment, the person making the booking shall by his/her signature thereof assume personal liability for the total price of all bookings made by him/her.

The Participant will assume responsibility for damage to premises, furniture or other property of Trinity College, or harm to any other person caused by the negligence or willful misconduct of the participant.

The University of Virginia reserves the right without further notice to make use of any photograph or film taken during this seminar by our photographers without payment or permission. We guarantee that no photographs of a compromising nature will be used.

Changes to Schedules
Although every effort will be made to adhere to the seminar schedule, please bear in mind that if it is necessary the University of Virginia and Oxford reserve the right to make occasional changes.

While the University of Virginia and Oxford will try to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against the University of Virginia or Oxford for a refund either in the whole or part if any accommodation changes are necessary and a reasonable alternative is found. If the guest is unable to use any service provided in the itinerary, then there are no refunds due.

Registration Fees

This event has SOLD OUT. Submit your name to be added to the waitlist.


$3,675 per person double occupancy, double (one bed) ensuite, land only

$3,955 per person single occupancy, ensuite, land only

Fees include lectures, tours, living in-college (dorm rooms), six breakfasts, six lunches, five dinners.

Participants must be 18 or older.


*We will adhere as closely as possible to this schedule. Traffic may alter plans slightly.

Saturday, Sept. 14
1:30 PM Check-in at Trinity College
Program Introduction and Orientation
Coffee, Tea, and Cookies Available
Lecture 1: Know Your Ally Britain: The Special Relationship (Team-Taught)
4:30 PM Oxford Tour—Introduction to the City, Trinity College, and Magdalen College
Welcome Reception and Dinner—Quod Restaurant and Bar
Sunday, Sept. 15
8:00-8:45 AM Breakfast—Trinity College
9:00 AM Lecture 2: ‘O Brave New World’: Envisioning America (Moore)
Break—Coffee and Tea Available
Lecture 3: “Vexed and Troubled Englishmen”: Colonizing America (O’Shaughnessy)
Lecture 4: A Virginian in England: William Byrd II (Team-Taught)
1:30 PM Lunch—Trinity College
2:50 & 3:00 PM Oxford Tours—New College and Christ Church (2 groups)
6:05 PM Optional: Christ Church—Choral Evensong Service
7:30 PM Dinner—Trinity College
Monday, Sept. 16
TOUR DAY—Merseyside and Liverpool
7:30 AM Breakfast—Trinity College
8:00 AM Depart Trinity College for Merseyside and Liverpool on Coach
Lecture 5: Liverpool, the Slave Trade, and the Earls of Derby (Team-Taught on Coach)
12:00 PM Lunch at Knowsley Hall, Ancestral Home of Earl and Countess of Derby—Merseyside
Tour of Knowsley Hall
Depart Merseyside for Liverpool
Self-Guided Tours of Slavery Museum and Maritime Museum—Liverpool
Dinner on a River Boat while Cruising the Waterfront of Liverpool
Depart Liverpool for Trinity College
Tuesday, Sept. 17
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast—Trinity College
9:30 AM Lecture 6: When London Was Capital of America (O’Shaughnessy)
Break—Coffee and Tea Available
Lecture 7: Declaring Independence (Team-Taught)
Lecture 8: The Lasting Lure of the Old Country: Early Americans Abroad (Moore)
1:15 PM Lunch—Trinity College
Afternoon & Evening Free Time –Dinner on Your Own
Wednesday, Sept. 18
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast—Trinity College
9:30 AM Lecture 9: Jefferson Brings Europe to America (O’Shaughnessy)
Break—Coffee and Tea Available
Lecture 10: The Traveling Victorians: Brits in America, Americans in Britain (Moore)
Lecture 11: Jefferson’s Favorite Granddaughter in England: the Diary of Ellen Coolidge (Team-Taught)
1:15 PM Lunch—Trinity College
3:15 & 3:45 PM Oxford Tours—Divinity School and Duke Humfrey’s Library at Bodleian Library
4:00 PM Tea at New College Hosted by Peter Miles Young, Warden
7:00 PM Dinner—Trinity College
Thursday, Sept. 19
8:00-8:30 AM Breakfast—Trinity College
8:45 AM Depart Trinity College for London
Tour Stop at Grosvenor Square
Tour of Middle Temple, Inns of Court
12:30 PM Lunch—Fuller’s Ale & Pie, Inn of Court
Continue Tour of Inns of Court
Tour of Sir John Soane’s Museum
Visit Temple Church
Return to Coach for free time near The Reform Club
5:30 PM Farewell Dinner at Reform Club (Special Guest Lord Hugh Fairfax)
Return to Trinity College
Friday, Sept. 20
8:00-9:00 AM Breakfast—Trinity College
10:00 AM Program Ends
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Should a participant wish to cancel his/her registration to the UVA at Oxford Seminar, a written cancellation must be sent to

  • For cancellations received by 5:00 pm on April 15, 2019, participants will receive a 50% refund.
  • For cancellations received after 5:00 pm on May 14, 2019, but before 5:00 pm on June 14, 2019, participants will receive a 20% refund.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations after 5:00 pm on June 14, 2019.
Questions? Contact Us

Please contact us if you have questions:

Mary Lynn Musser
Administrative Coordinator