As Wyatt Fellow for 2015-16, I am thrilled with this opportunity to explore the history and culture of this fascinating world city with my students and colleagues. As an undergraduate studying abroad, London was the site of my own first international adventure. Since then, I have been a regular visitor to the ‘Big Smoke’, doing research in places like the National Archives, the British Library, the Parliamentary Archives, the Imperial War Museum, and even the College of Heralds. I am fascinated by the immensity, complexity and cultural richness that is London. I have marvelled at how the city has changed socially, culturally and physically just over the few decades I have known it. Those changes are of course minute compared to the transformation of centuries that has shaped and reshaped urban life in London. I am excited by our program of speakers and activities and am eager to learn more about this amazing city with all of you. I am honoured to be leading the study- group to London itself next spring. There are places in London where it seems like you can almost step into the past and I am eager to share them with the group.
I have greatly benefitted from and believe in the power of international education. Beyond my own undergraduate semester in London, I attended the University of Wales-Aberystwyth in the United Kingdom as a Fulbright Scholar. As a professor, I received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study Indian history and culture at a summer institute held in Shimla and New Delhi, India. I serve on a variety of study abroad committees since I first began teaching here and frequently serve as a reviewer for the US Fulbright Program. I have led UM Flint students on a study abroad course to the British Virgin Islands, a Wyatt Exploration to Wales and have been fortunate enough to assist with Wyatt Explorations in Poland and Japan. I have been impressed and humbled by the transformative impact that the Wyatt Exploration Program has had on students and colleagues alike and am very proud to be contributing to that tradition again this year.
Professor John S. Ellis received his bachelor’s in education at Eastern Michigan University, his master’s in Welsh history at the University of Wales-Aberystwyth and his doctorate in British and Irish history at Boston College. Professor Ellis came to the University of Michigan Flint in 2002. He is an expert on British national Identity, imperialism, Welsh and Irish history. His work includes Investiture: Royal Ceremony and National Identity in Wales, 1911-1969 and his forthcoming biography of Welsh mercenary, nationalist and author Owen Rhoscomyl.