Travel of Literary Proportions
Alumnus provides life-changing experiences
Westminster Abbey, London, where Kaneisha De Vega '17 studied history and the Tudor period.
“I have been told that these trips have amounted to life-changing experiences, allowing some students to travel outside of America for the first time,” said Charles F. Green III '73.
“Of all the endowments I created at UNCW, this is the one about which I am the most excited.”
Standing high on a literary plateau in Switzerland one day in 1980, Charles F. Green III ’71 breathed in the cool mountain air and let the sights and sounds of a foreign country wash over him.
“I tossed my head back and looked up to see the beautiful, awe-inspiring, snow-capped peaks of the mountains towering above me,” said Green. “I could take no picture that would even begin to capture what it was like to be there, and no words could truly transport the reader to that wonderful place. The experience was ineffable.”
He knew the experience would never be accurately captured by stateside study or scholarly database searches. A significant donor to UNCW scholarships, Green established the Wentworth Travel Fellowship in 2000 to connect undergraduate English students with places of literary distinction and inspiration. Each year, the Department of English sends 15-25 intrepid students to locations around the globe.
Named after Micheal Wentworth, former UNCW Distinguished Teaching Professor in English, the fellowship was created with the help of Chris Gould and Richard Veit, also former distinguished UNCW professors of English. Student applicants work with faculty sponsors to craft the proposition of a journey connected to some type of literature. Most trips take place during holiday breaks. Students are awarded between $750 and $1,500 to cover travel and lodging expenses.
Liza Carrasquillo ’17 traveled to Jamaica to study the literature of Claude McKay. She spent time in the National Library of Jamaica with full access to McKay’s poetry, something not possible had she studied only in the United States.
Kaneisha De Vega ’17 became immersed in the intricate politics and shifting religious atmosphere of England in the time of King Henry VIII. She traveled to London and visited Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and Hampton Court. Her travels inspired her to continue researching history during the Tudor period and to forge ahead; she hopes to study women’s and Elizabethan literature in graduate school.
“I have been told that these trips have amounted to life-changing experiences, allowing some students to travel outside of America for the first time,” said Green. “Of all the endowments I created at UNCW, this is the one about which I am the most excited.”
UNCW/Caitlin Taylor '18M