BIO 293 Arrives Safely in London

The 2018 BIO 293 class left SUNY Broome at 1pm yesterday and arrived at London’s Heathrow airport today around 10:15 am.  After waiting for a few hours (!) to clear immigration and customs (holy cow….the lines!!!!) we took the tube to our flats.  We dropped off our bags and headed right back to the tube to go to the museum of London.  We spent about an hour going through the museum and then the students took turns presenting about various objects they had selected which were linked with the themes of human nature we have been studying.  A few students also provided some information about their developing thesis statements. After we spent a few hours at the museum, we headed back to the flats to settle in, visit the grocery store, and have some dinner.  A few of us visited the British Museum for an hour or so.

It has been a very long day (or was it days?), so we are are looking forward to some rest.  Tomorrow we will meet early for a class discussion and a trip to the British Museum of Natural History and a private, behind the scenes tour of the Darwin Center.  Good night from beautiful London!

Welcome to Darwin, Evolution, and The Victorians

The incalculable influence of Victorian England on contemporary American culture is nowhere more conspicuous than in the science of human nature—a phenomenon largely attributable to the groundbreaking enterprise of Charles Darwin. With the publication of “On the Origin of Species” in 1859 Darwin changed how we think about the natural world and-as a result- transformed the way we view our own human nature. The “Origin” was published during the Victorian age, a wonderfully complex period of human history characterized by major transitions in: science, technology, literature, social responsibility, philosophy, and culture that defied long-standing conventional thinking. Explore how Darwin and other influential Victorians ushered in this revolution as we examine Victorian culture through the lens of Darwin’s theory of natural selection and develop a new understanding of the fundamental and universal human nature that links us all. Join Dr. Richard F. Firenze, evolutionary biologist, and Dr. Jennifer Musa, neuroscientist, as they use both evolutionary theory and modern neuroscience to discover how biology, behavior, and culture have been inseparably intertwined throughout human history. Our multi-disciplinary adventure and exploration will take us to some of the most significant historical venues in and around London including the British Museum, Down House, Dickens House, The British Museum of Natural History, the British Library, The Museum of London, the Royal Society of London, the National Portrait Gallery, the Globe Theater, and, of course, a few Victorian pubs as we literally follow in the footsteps of the Victorians to gain a new understanding of our past, our present, and perhaps our future.

Credits: 3 (No extra tuition for full time students.)
Classes: Mondays at 2 pm
London: May 24, 2018—June 1, 2018
Fees: $2595 includes airfare, lodging, all ground transportation, and instructional activities. Fees subject to slight variation.
For more information or to apply, please contact:
Dr. Richard Firenze
NS 207E, 778-5067,
Dr. Jennifer Musa
NS 311, 778-5088,