Academic journal article Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council

University of Connecticut

Academic journal article Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council

University of Connecticut

Article excerpt

"Art is the representation, science the explanation--of the same reality"

--Herbert Read, Education through art (1943)

"In search of Arthur" is the title of an interdisciplinary field trip dedicated to the exploration of traditional--and not so traditional--sites of the legendary King Arthur in England and Wales. It took place during spring break of 2002 but was tied to a semester-long special Honors course entitled "Interpreting Arthur." The courses were altogether rich and fascinating, affording opportunities to visit several centuries of texts from Wales, Ireland, ancient Britain, France, and modern England, while also wending our way from hill fort to cathedral to Stonehenge to castles perched upon cliff tops to Roman temples to ancient amphitheaters. It was truly memorable, but how to record it? A traditional essay? A final exam? A standup presentation of some sort? PowerPoint?

PowerPoint presentations are either very dry and boring, or the technology becomes an end in itself providing little more than testimony of someone's ability to include all the bells and whistles imaginable but very little content! Only when PowerPoint is carefully and consciously allied with higher order, critical, and creative thinking do we have at our fingertips a superb means of ordering thought, bringing disparate elements together, communicating, and teaching. …

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