Professor Jim Spates of the HWS Department of Anthropology and Sociology and Zachary Bullock, a rising senior soc major, recently returned from England.
They presented a paper, “John Ruskin’s ‘Lost’ Political Economy: An Unpublished Draft from his Diaries and an Analysis of his Sources,” at the “Victorian Life Writing” conference, sponsored by The Ruskin Programme at Lancaster University.
After the conference, they traveled to Coniston in the Lake District to visit Ruskin's home, Brantwood, which is a National Heritage Site. They also went to Grasmere to see Wordworth’s Dove Cottage and to visit his grave.
They arrived in London the week after the thwarted attacks of July 21. Bullock said they used both the subway and buses, and the large police presence helped them to feel “a little more secure.”
Spates and Bullock will be going to Vietnam at the end of August as part of the Semester Abroad Program.