Published Date: February 25, 2014
The start of the new year marked the official beginning of two 20th anniversaries related to UD's unique Rome Program. Since 1994, the Eugene Constantin Campus has served as the program's permanent home. Additionally, the university is celebrating the 20th anniversary of summer programs for high school students in Rome.
While the semester-long Rome Program for undergraduates enrolled its first class in 1970, the program operated from leased facilities until 1994. For the last 20 years, the Eugene Constantin Campus, which was built in the Roman countryside on a family estate, has served as the home for a program that is now one of the nation's most popular.
The Eugene Constantin Campus features a working vineyard, whose organic wines carry a label of quality from the Italian government, and olive trees, which produce organic extra-virgin olive oil. The dormitory, cafeteria and classrooms were built in the early 1990s, and the historic family villa is still used today as residences and a chapel.
"The campus' location near Rome, one of the greatest cities of the world in religious, historical and cultural terms, provides significant opportunities for our students to grow intellectually and spiritually," said Peter Hatlie, vice president, dean and director of the Rome campus.
The Eugene Constantin Campus also has been an asset for the university's growing high school summer programs, which began in 1994 with Shakespeare in Italy and have since expanded to include Latin in Rome and Arete: An Introduction to the Classics. All programs operate from the Rome campus except for Arete, which is held on the university's main campus in Irving, Texas.
Shakespeare in Italy participants study the playwright's works in the country that provides the setting for more than a quarter of his plays. Latin in Rome combines daily visits to archaeological and historical sites with intensive small-group tutorials on relevant Latin texts. Each of these programs may be taken for college credit. Applications for the summer programs are being accepted on a rolling basis.