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UK Sponsored: Embedded: Making An American 'Athens' (Bingham Seminar)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Program Terms: Spring-Embedded
The Education Abroad at UK deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor or Education Abroad at UK (
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Fact Sheet:
 Experience Type:
Study Abroad
 Area of Study:
Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Art Education, Art History, Art Studio, Arts Administration, Classics, Design, Geography, History, Honors, Interior Design, International Studies, Visual Arts
 Course Language:
 Housing Options:
2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
 Minimum GPA:
 Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
Laurence Tuccori
 Program Director:
Patrick Lee Lucas
 UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
Bingham Seminar: Making an American "Athens"

Course Dates: January 15 - May 9, 2014

Required Travel Dates: May 17 - 25, 2014

Program Overview

Design is all around us--in the places we work, live, and go to school--as well as in the accumulation of material goods with which we define our lives. This exploration into our material world will include rigorous visual analysis, linking images and artifacts in the material world to the world of ideas and link the local to the universal through field experiences in town, in the region, and in the Atlantic world. The seminar will focus on experiential learning in Lexington, utilizing the wealth of resources in the city--historic sites, exhibits, the city itself--as a means for inquiry. Participants will also travel to another "Athens of the West" in a journey to Nashville, Tennessee, where they will investigate the Parthenon of 1897 and other buildings that contribute to the nickname in the Volunteer State.

Finally, the seminar participants will travel to the "Athens of the North," with a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. Participants will utilize the methods and approaches learned on campus to take in the historic city. As the seat of Enlightenment thinking, Edinburgh allows the participants to see how the cultural context of its proponents helped shape an agenda for revolutionary thinking that ultimately poured into the Kentucky landscape.

Throughout the course, students will innovate in making a website as a place to examine the idea of an American "Athens," using images and texts to share their thoughts with one another and the world. After the trips to Nashville and Edinburgh, participants will gather back in Lexington to conceptualize a small exhibition for display at locations on campus and in the community.

Bingham Seminar promotional flyer


  • Guest lecture by Ann Smart Martin, materials culture scholar
  • Participation by Susan Sleeper-Smith, Native American expert, and Paul Manoguerra, 19th century painting scholar
  • Explore Old Town and New Town Edinburgh, including the monuments of Calton Hill
  • Publicly display the works created in the class


This selective admission program is open to undergraduate students with sophomore standing and above from all academic disciplines. Students will be selected by the faculty of the Gaines Center for the Humanities using the Education Abroad application on this page. Questions about the admission process should be directed to Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas, Faculty Director for the program.

Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting/transient students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting/transient student go to UK Admissions.. Non-UK students should consult with the program directors prior to participating in the program to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.

Academic Credit

  • UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty.  UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings.
  • Undergraduate students will enroll in HMN 300: Making an American "Athens" (4 credit hours). The course will meet regularly during the spring semester with a required travel component May 17 to 25.

Housing & Meals

  • Students will reside in hotels while in Scotland.
  • Breakfast will be included along with some group meals. Participants will be responsible for all other meals on their own.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

  • Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
  • The Embedded New Horizons Scholarship - The Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $500 for UK Sponsored Embedded Programs. The deadline for application material is April 15 for Fall programs and November 30 for Spring/Winter programs.
  • Students selected to participate in this program will be awarded a $1000 travel grant from the Bingham Seminar.
For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.

Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).
  • This program will have additional costs associated with travel to Nashville, Tennessee, during the spring semester. Costs are estimated to be less than $75.

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates and those who are not U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations at UK Border Agency.

Travel Medical Insurance

All participants of this program will be enrolled in HTH Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. The cost of Travel Medical Insurance is included in the program fee. Please see the Education Abroad at UK Health & Safety webpage for more information. 

For More Information

For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
  • Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas, faculty member in the School of Interiors at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Lucas will be directing the program.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
The Education Abroad at UK deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor or Education Abroad at UK (