Published on March 9, 2017 by Sean Flynt  
Map of Georgian London
Map of Georgian London

by Olivia Williams

Samford University has selected 20 students to participate in the 2017 London Core Texts Summer Course, a two-week travel and study abroad experience for select rising sophomores.

Since 2014, the London Core Texts program has given outstanding freshmen the opportunity to further their intellectual narrative begun in their two-semester Cultural Perspectives classes. Focusing on the connections between text, place and history, students are immersed in one of the world’s greatest cities while visiting historical landmarks and seeing cultural artifacts that, along with powerful ideas, shaped a city and nation.

“With each trip, we are continually impressed with students who possess intellectual curiosity, academic talent and a sense of adventure,” said Jennifer Speights-Binet, chair and associate professor of geography.

The following students were nominated last semester by their Cultural Perspectives professors and were then chosen based on a competitive application process:

William Bazemore, prebusiness major from Forsyth, Georgia

Caroline Bennett, education major from Brentwood, Tennessee

Jake Blalock, prebusiness major from Acworth, Georgia

Drayton Cullen, undeclared major from Pelham, Alabama

Isaac Emery, prebusiness major from Kingsport, Tennessee

Mary Grace Freiner, political science major from Saint Charles, Missouri

Joy Hatcher, chemistry major from Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Ashley Hinson, journalism and mass communication major from Matthews, North Carolina

Hannah Hynds, chemistry major from Birmingham, Alabama

Caroline Larry, history major from Birmingham, Alabama

Abigail Olive, psychology major from Matthews, North Carolina

Hannah Olive, biology major from Matthews, North Carolina

Kimberly Robinson, undeclared major from Atlanta, Georgia

Haley Schneider, education major from Marietta, Georgia

Julia Sedlack, music major from Jupiter, Florida

Angel Sims, communication sciences and disorders major from Chattanooga, Tennessee

Claudia Stephens, undeclared major (premedicine) from Brownsboro, Alabama

Emily Thorington, English major from Tampa, Florida

Anna Ruth Waters, communication sciences and disorders major from Lexington, Kentucky

Moriah Windus, philosophy major from Ozark, Alabama

Olivia Williams is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Division of Marketing and Communication.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.