Visions of Italy
Serving as the political center of western civilization for centuries, Rome is home to a plethora of structures, artifacts, texts, and documents that illuminate the rich history of the city as well as the Italian peninsula from classical times to the present. Further north, Florence is home to materials reflective of the city’s cultural centrality during the Renaissance.
As participants in the course will learn, professionals in Italian museums, libraries, and archives have fantastic cultural materials to work with. Through readings, site visits, and meetings with professionals, students will gain a basic knowledge of how Italian cultural professionals make museum, archival, and library resources known to various user groups. We will explore public programs, outreach strategies, and digital and physical exhibits, and study the principles and practical elements involved in creating each, with site visits and instruction designed to reveal how existing institutions apply those principles to learning in their public programming.
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In Rome, students have dorm accommodations at the CUA Rome Center
, which is located at Via Garibaldi 28, on the Janiculum Hill, just above the ancient Roman neighborhood of Trastevere. The new campus is at the far western edge of the old city and was included in the walls built around the city in the third century by the emperor Aurelian. It is a 10-minute walk from the center to Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, the main square of the neighborhood. Three buses stop immediately outside the center’s gates to take one across the river to the Pantheon or the Colosseum.
The six-story, air-conditioned building is surrounded by a 19th-century garden. In addition to classrooms and student dorms, it contains a chapel, cafeteria, laundry room, and library. Students are provided with breakfasts Monday - Friday and dinners Sunday - Thursday. Most rooms are doubles, triples, or quads, although a limited number of singles may be available for an additional charge. Linens and towels are provided. Washers and dryers are available for 2 euro per wash and 2 euro per dry. Additional details are available here.
While traveling in Florence, students have hotel accommodations.
3 credit hours will be offered in the course CLSC 879, Visions of Italy: Culture in Twenty-First Century Rome and Florence. View the preliminary syllabus
for more details.