KWC plans trip to Middle East
By Keith Lawrence Messenger-Inquirer | Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 12:00 am
At a time when much of the world's attention is focused on events in the Middle East 2,000 years ago, Kentucky Wesleyan College is putting together a study trip to Israel on March 5-15.
Dan Bradshaw, KWC professor emeritus of history, and Charles Boteler, a retired circuit judge from Madisonville, will lead the trip.
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Both are experienced travelers in the Middle East.
"This will be my seventh trip to that part of the world," Bradshaw said. "People always ask me if it's safe. I feel more comfortable walking around in that part of the world than I do in some of our cities. Security is so prevalent."
The group will visit Jerusalem's Old City, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Herodion, the Mount of Olives, City of David, Masada, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Nazareth and other locations.
"We plan to hit the places most people have heard of and some they haven't," Bradshaw said. "There's a lot packed into this trip. People should wear comfortable shoes."
The group will stay at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, which is owned by the University Notre Dame, on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
The trip is part of a three-hour history course — "Travels to the Middle East, Past and Present" — that can be taken for credit or audited.
"The class will meet in Owensboro for six weeks before the field trip," Bradshaw said. "Nonstudents can also go just for the trip. Or they can audit the course and attend all the lectures and local field trips to a mosque and a Shabbat service at the temple. We want to give folks background on the Middle East before they go."
He said the trip is limited to 15 people because "the van we'll be using over there only seats 16."
Five people have already signed up.
The $2,500 trip fee covers everything but airline tickets.
"Everybody is on their own for getting to Tel Aviv," Bradshaw said. "The last time I checked, flights from Chicago were $850 to $900."
A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is due by Jan. 24 for people who aren't full-time students, the college said.
Keith Lawrence, 691-7301, firstname.lastname@example.org
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