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Forum Romanum Spring 2020

Forum Romanum

Thomas S. Hibbs

Why Rome Matters In Light of the Ideas of Blessed John Henry Newman
Thomas S. Hibbs, Former President of the University of Dallas

"For Newman, travel and education both offer an opportunity for expansion of mind.  Of travel, he writes, 'It takes one out of oneself and reduces in one’s eyes both the importance of one’s own particular station and of one’s own decisions in acting in it.'"

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Ben Gibbs

Il Mondo della Patente: Attempting Italy’s Famed Driving Examination
Ben Gibbs, Director of Student Affairs, Rome Campus

"The examination for the Italian patente has always been notoriously difficult to pass, but perhaps more so in the recent past, owing to a change in the rules requiring everyone to take the test in Italian."

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Peter Hatlie

Rome After 50 Years: The Eternal Threshold
Peter Hatlie, Director, Dean, VP and Professor of Classics

"As we reflect upon the impressive number of successful semesters completed and people hosted and held dear, we may dare to ask ourselves what the Rome experience meant and means to us, then and now, in both the millimeter and the mile."

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BeyLynn Hollers

A UD Rome Mission Trip to Romania
BeLynn Hollers, Fall 2019 Rome Student and Resident Assistant

"The story of my fall-break (2019) mission trip to Romania is worth telling, both for what my friends and I managed to do for others, and for the unexpected impact this experience had on me. In all honesty, neither the usefulness of the trip nor any expectation of deepening my faith were on my radar as I signed up to the trip, last minute. But since I was wrong on both accounts in the end, it may be worth documenting my experience as an encouragement and lesson to others."

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Theresa Guin

When in Rome: Escape to Orvieto
Theresa Guin, Senior Rome Coordinator

"Orvieto is a small hilltop town an hour’s train ride from Rome. Approaching Orvieto, the town seems perched on a wide pillar or raised shelf, placed in the center of a valley. The walls form an encircling crown above the sheer cliff and surround the city."

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Jane Blanchard

Due Santi
Jane Blanchard, poet and visiting scholar, summer 2019

A poem in honor of our Due Santi Rome Campus and its cherished summer visitor, the shy, distinctive and colorful upupa epops, or Hoopoe bird.

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