Following on from the visit to the British Library, the Ertegun Scholars continued to a small exhibition at the Royal Academy, Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape, tracing the emergency of a distinctive British landscape tradition.
Taking advantage of Scholar Thomas Newbold's knowledge, the Scholars made a trip to London to view the impressive Mughal India exhibition at the British Library, to discover the rise, apogee and fall of Mughal power over the subcontinent.
Alfred Jarry’s play Ubu Roi, first staged in 1896, and set out with the famous line, ‘Merdre!,’ is a piece evolving around the blood-lusting, yet highly ludicrous potentate Père Ubu, who falls for the temptations of power.
The first group trip for Ertegun Scholars involved a tour of Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in Greenwich by the College's Director Professor Baker. This was followed by a visit to the British Music Experience at the O2.
A one-day conference entitled 'Was there a Russian Enlightenment?' provided an engaging discussion of a question essential both for Russian studies and for our understanding of the European Enlightenment more generally.