Wabash Blogs Immersion 2008: Dickens, Hardy & London

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Trustee Steve Bowen Shares With English Class

Shawn Crane '09 - Other than the educating experience we had touring Dickensian London today, we were also fortunate enough to have a law expert explain the English legal system and a tour guide chillingly describe Jack the Ripper for us.

As a lawyer in the United States, the new head of trustees at Wabash, Mr. Bowen, gave a brief lecture on the significance of English Law, the Magna Carta, and how such applications affect our daily lives in the states. Since many of us are interested in someday practicing law, it was especially interesting to hear about how the subject that we are preparing to study is so deeply rooted in our connection to England.

On a perhaps more exciting than educative note, later that night, we were taken on an interactive walking tour of the city of London and stood in the very places that Jack the Ripper committed his heinous crimes in the 1880s. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour interesting and exciting. Given the chilly, foggy conditions of the night, it made the tour especially chilling and realistic.

 We ended the day after about 8 hours of walking, and while my feet and knees were absolutely killing me, I saw and was told things that could just not be experienced in the U.S. Overall the day was pretty intense as far as walking goes, but we visited some amazing sites and had some very knowledgeable experts explain their fields of study and how they relate to us.

In Photos: Top right, Chairman of the Wabash College Board of Trustees Steve Bowen shares insights with the students. Lower left, the guys get a "Jack the Ripper" tour.