Saturday, January 28, 2023

Academic Traveler Manages Your Summer Vacation Plans: New York City

Since spring, warm weather and blazing sunshine decided to roar in over the last couple of weeks in Oxford, many residents and Ole Miss students are likely hunkered over a map of the U.S. in an effort to hammer out a battle plan concerning possible vacation destinations they could target this summer.

ACADEMIC TRAVELER_FEATUREDThe good news; the Academic Traveler program at Ole Miss has done a majority of the grunt work for you by carefully planning its next excursion to New York City scheduled for July 5-10. The better news; everyone is invited to join the trip.

The catch is, however, a May 6 deadline to sign up has been issued by organizers of the trip – headed by theater professional Andi Bedsworth through the University of Mississippi.

The cost of the trip and six day excursion is a reasonable $2,000 and includes pre-departure educational material, a Metrocard, accommodations, museum admissions and tour fees, a welcome dinner at Carmines, show tickets and guided tours, among other perks.

New York City Skyline Photo courtesy of
New York City Skyline
Photo courtesy of

The trip has been aptly titled New York: Theatre on Location and guarantees to keep participants busy during their 6-day excursion with these and other cool activities penned in the itinerary:

• Accommodations at the trendy Hudson NY Hotel, which is located close to Central Park
• A tour of New York’s Yiddish Theatre: From the Bowery to Broadway exhibit
• An exploration of the Broadway District
• Attendance at the musical comedy Something Rotten at the St. James Theatre
• Visitation of the theatre archive at the New York City Public Library
• A tour of the Guggenheim Museum
• Experience Arthur Miller’s production of The Crucible
• Explore the Drama Book Shop
• Experience the Carol King musical, Beautiful

Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible'
Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’
Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group
The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum

Again, the deadline to sign up for the trip is May 6. Those interested should contact Bedsworth by email at or by phone at 662-380-1940.

There are payroll deduction options available to Ole Miss faculty and staff. More information can be found at


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