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COLFA & CACP Announce New Study Abroad Program in Rome

October 23, 2017

Faith and Power in Italian Art, Architecture, and Urban History is new three-week interdisciplinary study abroad program in Italian culture and history.  It will consider the broad themes of faith, power, and politics through the lens of the art, the architecture, and the urban spaces of major Italian cities.  The focus will be on Rome; however, the class will also visit Florence, Siena, Assisi, Tivoli, and Herculaneum.  Lectures will cover and consider the many layers of Italy’s rich past—from classical antiquity, through the Medieval and Renaissance periods, to the contemporary present.  

Within Rome, the group will plan to visit ancient classical sites such as the Forum, the Coliseum, the Pantheon, and the Baths of Diocletian.  We will also spend time in the Vatican Museums, in which we will see the Sistine Chapel and the expansive St. Peter’s Basilica. In addition, there will be day field trips to Tivoli where we will explore the Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este. In Florence, we will visit Michelangelo’s “David,” and other famous sites such as Santa Croce, the Duomo, and Palazzo Vecchio.

The course also includes an Italian cooking class.  There will be a lecture about Italian food and wine, including a tasting, which will provide an understanding and appreciation of Italian culture.

Interested students should plan to attend an informational meeting on Friday, October 27 at 3:30 pm in the UC Mesquite Room 2.01.24.

Course instructors are: Urban historian David R. Johnson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of History, COLFA; Art historian Annie Labatt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, COLFA; Architect Robert M. Baron, Professor, Department of Architecture, CACP.

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