- What will a typical day be like?
Study Abroad Programs: Since we are in Italy, we will follow Italian custom. The tempo
of the days activities will be different than you are used to, but you will soon discover
that it fits the climate. Mid-afternoon heat encourages a slower tempo after a substantial
midday meal. We must begin our day early to avoid the notorious Roman traffic. Breakfast
begins in the mensa (dining hall) shortly after an early wake-up call. Morning departures
into Rome by coach usually will be at 7:30 or 8:00 am. Within Rome we travel a piedi
(on foot). Lunches (unless otherwise noted) will be in the mensa at Due Santi upon
our return from Rome in the early afternoon at approximately 1:00 PM. Then there is
time for an afternoon nap the long established custom in Mediterranean countries of
a siesta or riposo or relaxation at the pool, or reading, etc. There will be late
afternoon classes. Dinners (unless otherwise noted) will be in the mensa at 7:00 PM
(following Italian custom). Evening tutorials and/or discussions will follow, begin
at 8:00 PM and end at about 9:30. Thereafter we break for a stop at the cappuccino
bar on campus, and a chance for informal discussion in the amphitheatre about the
Irving Programs: We will begin our days early with Breakfast in the cafeteria (located
in Haggar University Center) at 8:00 AM. Morning lectures will start at 9:00 AM followed
by a brief break and then seminar sessions. Lunches (unless otherwise noted) will
be in the cafeteria on campus at approximately 12:00 PM. Following lunch there will
be an afternoon class or movie viewing, free time for studying and writing papers,
and group activities. Dinners (unless otherwise noted) will be in the cafeteria at
5:00 PM. Evening activities will follow dinner, beginning at 6:00 PM and end at about
9:00 PM. Afterwards we will break for a stop at the cappuccino bar on campus or head
back to the dorm lounge for informal discussions about the days events. Lights Out
at 11:30 PM unless otherwise noted.
- What will we study?
On Shakespeare in Italy, we take our learning seriously, working through three plays carefully so you can
experience the wonder of our greatest playwrights vision. We take on Julius Caesar,
that meditation on ancient Rome, Republic, Empire and honor; Much Ado About Nothing;
and The Merchant of Venice, that tale of business, love, law and pity. We reserve
the right to vary which Italian plays of Shakespeare we read.
On Latin in Rome we read of Aeneas encounter with the Sibyl, two letters by Pliny describing the terrible
eruption of Vesuvius, study selections from Cicero's Letters and read briefer passages
related to the sites we shall visit from a variety of other Roman authors. Our reading
will support the study of three important epochs of Roman history: The Kings and the
Early Republic, The Republic in Decline and The Early Empire.
On Rome and the Catholic Church we begin to understand what the church believes, why she believes it, and the many,
varied ways in which she expresses her convictions. As you read the works of thinkers
such as Origen, Athanasius and Gregory Nazianzus, you will follow the early church's
theological controversies, which culminated in the church's first ecumenical councils.
Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas created the magnificent systems of thought that characterize
the Middle Ages, which found expression in forms as varied as the poetry of Dante,
the art of Giotto and the Baroque movement in architecture. These cultural expressions,
in turn, inspired the work of theologians, leading up to the Second Vatican Council
and continuing to catalyze new conversations in theology today.
Arete: An Introduction to the Classics engages the questions of excellence and the noble life. We focus on the ancient Greek
philosophical and literary traditions: primarily Plato, Aristotle, and Sophocles.
We then move on to the Medieval and Renaissance tradition: Sir Gawain and the Green
Knight and a few Shakespeare plays. We close with modern poetry and stories: Keats,
Wilbur, Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor. With a broad perspective of the Western tradition,
our students see the trajectory of how ancient ideas continue to shape and inform
contemporary thought. Arete: American Studies considers great expressions of the American mind in literature, history and politics.
Timeless reflections on human nature can be found in the words of Madison, Marshall,
Lincoln and King. Throughout the program, there will be opportunities to experience
classic American films, music, art and historic sites such at the 6th Floor Museum.
- What academic benefits do participants report?
Few writers can help you as much as Shakespeare, Aquinas, Aristotle to develop the
skills you'll need for the SAT and ACT. Because our dedicated staff devotes a great
amount of time to small-group and one-on-one instruction in both reading and writing
and in Latin translation and exegesis, students in past years report that their reading
comprehension and especially their writing have improved immensely in the short span
of the program. In addition, Latin in Rome students report considerably improved grammar
skills as they are exercised to flesh out the intent of ancient writers. You will
read carefully, discuss constantly and write often, under the tutelage of engaged
professors and instructors.
- Will I have free time? Can I spend time in smaller groups?
In addition to planned activities, students will have a few hours of free time on
campus in the afternoon to study, take advantage of the basketball, bocce, tennis
and volleyball courts and soccer field, hang out at the pool and spend time with friends
they have made on the program. However, visits from family/friends will not be allowed
during the program as there is just not time for this. There will be opportunities
to explore the area but only when supervised by program staff.
- What about the weekends?
Because of the intense schedule, every day is planned weekends as well as weekdays.
Day and overnight trips are mandatory for all students in all programs. For specific
information on each summer program and its overnight trips and weekend excursions,
please refer to the web page of the program you are interested in.
- Is there a curfew?
Yes. Curfew (in your rooms; quiet hours) will generally be at 11:00 PM with lights
out at 11:30 PM unless otherwise noted. Our days are filled and we want to make sure
they we all have a good nights rest in order to be prepared for class and excursions
in the city.
- How are meals handled?
On both our Rome and Irving programs, most meals are served in the cafeteria or mensa.
We will do our best to meet dietary accommodations for those students that list dietary
restrictions on their health form. All costs associated with meals are included with
the tuition/fees with the exception of a few meals on the road.