Honors in Italy June 2-15, 2014 Rome Vatican City Ostia Antica Pompeii Herculaneum Florence Ravenna Pisa
Honors in Italy Enrollment limited to 20 students (Selective) Includes an application process Open to all students with a minimum 3.25 GPA
Honors in Italy Advantages of Choosing Honors Taught and led by your own Honors faculty and staff—Dr. Phillips and Ms. Goers Credit for Honors hours Selective enrollment Scholarships Available Safety and Support Gelato in Florence
Honors in Italy The Coursework Three (3) hours of Honors credit (UH 3500: Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar) May substitute for ENGL 3400: European literature to 1400 May count towards interdisciplinary minors in Classical Studies, Great Books, Medieval Studies, or Global Studies
Honors in Italy Dante and the Legacy of Ancient Rome Taught by Dr. Philip Phillips, Professor of English and Associate Dean of the University Honors College We will read selected major works in translation of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), including The New Life and The Divine Comedy, as well as Vergil’s Aeneid, Saint Augustine’s Confessions, Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy, and selections from Pliny’s Letters.
Honors in Italy Dante and the Legacy of Ancient Rome Rome, Ostia, Vatican City, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Florence, Ravenna, and Pisa will serve as our classrooms as we retrace the footsteps of Dante and discuss some of the classical and late antique Roman authors who influenced his intellectual and artistic development.
Honors in Italy Dante and the Legacy of Ancient Rome Guided tours of world-renowned historical and cultural sites will add greater depth to our experience of the literature and culture from Classical Rome to late Antique Italy.
Honors in Italy Course Objectives To develop a knowledge and appreciation for some of the major literary, philosophical, historical, and artistic masterpieces of classical, medieval, and Renaissance Italy To bring enhanced perspective to those works by studying them on location and in dialogue with each other (and with other writings, thought, and events of their time)
To think, write, and report critically and effectively about the readings, cultural sites, and geographical places encountered To develop a greater appreciation for the interconnectedness of literary themes and conventions through the ages as well as our own interconnectedness across cultures, past and present, through study abroad and service learning experience. Honors in Italy Course Objectives
Honors in Italy Course Meetings/Readings We will meet as a group 4-5 times for pre-travel class meetings during the Spring semester and 1 time for a post-travel class meeting after returning to Murfreesboro. Our readings will include Vergil, The Aeneid, trans. Sarah Ruden (Yale); Pliny the Younger, Complete Letters, trans. P.G. Walsh. (Oxford); Saint Augustine, Confessions, trans. Henry Chadwick (Oxford); Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, trans. David R. Slavitt (Harvard); and Dante, La Vita Nuova, trans. David R. Slavitt (Harvard) and The Divine Comedy, trans. John Ciardi (New American Library)—most readings will be completed before to departure to Italy. For those wanting to learn some basic, conversational Italian to use during our trip, we will provide optional language classes for our group in the Spring (times TBA). Knowledge of Italian is not required for this trip; all course instruction and guided tours will be in English.
Honors in Italy Tentative Itinerary Monday, June 2: – Depart USA Tuesday, June 3: – Arrival in Rome – ISA airport pick-up – On-site orientation Wednesday, June 4: The Holy See: Papal Audience, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museum, and Sistine Chapel Thursday, June 5: Classical Rome: Roman Forum, Coliseum, and Palatine Hill Capitoline Museum
Honors in Italy Tentative Itinerary Friday, June 6: Guest lecture by Professor Fabio Troncarelli, Universitá della Tuscia (Viterbo), on “Boethius in the Middle Ages” Saturday, June 7: Day trip to Ostia Antica (round-trip boat cruise on the Tiber river) Sunday, June 8: Pliny’s Rome: Day Trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum
Honors in Italy Tentative Itinerary Monday, June 9: Depart Rome via train for Florence Pick-up at Santa Maria train station in Florence and transfer via taxi to apartments Guided walking tour of Dante’s Florence
Honors in Italy Tentative Itinerary Tuesday, June 10: Medieval Italy: Day trip to Ravenna, Late Antique capitol of the Western Empire and Ostrogothic Italy Guided tour of Ravenna, including: S. Vitale San Apollinare Nuovo Galla Placidia Mausoleum of Theoderic Sant’ Apollinare in Classe Arian Baptistry Dante’s Tomb
Honors in Italy Tentative Itinerary Wednesday, June 11: Medieval and Renaissance Italian Art: Uffizi Museum Thursday, June 12: Duomo Cathedral Friday, June 13: Service-learning project: (Rotary International)
Honors in Italy Tentative Itinerary Saturday, June 14: Day trip to Pisa Sunday, June 15: Drop off at Florence Peteroia Airport Depart Florence for Home
Honors in Italy The Cost $2,530-$2,890 includes: on-site transportation; lodging; cultural activities and excursions with English-speaking guides; guest lecturers; service activity; emergency support, and some meals Program costs not included: international airfare; summer MTSU tuition (25% off); books; $79 education abroad and iNext fee; passport; some meals, and personal spending money
Honors in Italy Application Process Step 1 – Attend Office of Education Abroad Info Session – Tues, Oct. 22 nd @ 2pm in Student Union Room 221 (recommended but not required) Step 2 – Pre-approval advising appointment with Office of Education Abroad (opens Oct. 31 for summer programs)(Peck Hall 207) Step 3 – Submit application and confirmation of paid deposit for Honors Italy Program by Friday, Nov. 15 to April Goers HONR 228 or HONR 205 (main office) http://www.mtsu.edu/honors/pdfs/Honors%20in%20Italy%20A pplication.pdf -$500 Deposit is submitted to the Business Office
Honors in Italy Application Process Step 4 – Apply for Education Abroad Scholarship by January 29, 2014 (application available early November) https://mtsu.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Abroad.ViewLi nk&Parent_ID=0&Link_ID=5AC2B662-26B9-58D3- F5713C5FCF91848B Step 5 – Apply for Honors Study Abroad Scholarship by January 30, 2014 http://www.mtsu.edu/honors/pdfs/Study%20Abroad%20Intent%20For m%20May%202013.pdf Step 6 – Apply for Honors Passport Scholarship (if you don’t already have a passport) by Feb. 2014 (application available early Jan.) Step 7 – If accepted into program, first payment will be due February 15, 2014
Honors in Italy Questions? Course Information Dr. Philip E. Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org Travel Information April Goers 615-494-7767 email@example.com