Undergraduates to Explore Catholic Culture, Learn Italian During Summer Rome Program

AssisiUndergraduate students from all over the country will study in the Eternal City during UD's intensive five-week Undergraduate Summer in Rome program in June 2014.

For the first time in the program's three-year history, students will choose from two course tracks: an intensive Second Year Italian I and II combination or an English and theology mix of Shakespeare's Rome and God, the Lover, and the City: Explorations in Catholic Faith and Culture.

The program itinerary, which will look familiar to Romer alumni, includes site visits to Monte Cassino and Assisi, among others, and a papal audience.

"One of the charms of the Summer Rome program is that it's much smaller than the Rome Semester—about 30 students," said Ron Rombs, associate professor of theology and program director.

Second Year Italian I and II will offer students an intensive focus on grammar, writing and conversation with language practice in Rome and reading selections chosen to complement site visits.

Scott Crider, associate professor of English, will teach Shakespeare's Rome, a look at the playwright's six Roman works. Rombs will teach God, the Lover, and the City, which will look at how Catholic theologians, writers and artists use truth, beauty and goodness as a common ground to reach others. Students will read selections from Flannery O'Connor, Josef Pieper and Blessed John Paul II.

"We can't help ourselves but to be lovers of the good, true and beautiful," said Rombs. "Art is common ground for Catholics and non-Catholics to talk about the good, true and beautiful."

For more information, visit the Undergraduate Summer in Rome website or attend an information session Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in Gorman A.

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