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Summer 1, 2017 Verona, Italy

Aerial view of Verona, Italy

Photo courtesy of Rachel Wood

Life in the Roman City (HIST 3004, 3 cr. CTW, GDC)

Professor: Daniel Sarefield, 3 cr.

This course explores the society and culture of ancient Rome from the Italian city of Verona, an important Roman military colony and commercial center. In this course, we will investigate Roman public and private life, spectacles and entertainment in the Roman city, trade and exchange in the Roman world, and Roman religion. Students use the city of Verona as a learning laboratory to immerse them selves in Italian life, both ancient and modern.

Students by the water in Verona

Students participating in the 2014 Verona Program with Professor Sarefield

History and Place in Post-World War II Italian Cinema (ENGL 3025, 3 cr GDA, LIT)

Professor: Joseph Moser

Students will study the culture and history of Italy and its many spectacular cities through films and literature that represent the nation during World War II and the post-war years. Students will also be introduced to neorealism and other important artistic movements in Italian cinema from the 1940s to the 1970s and study landmark works of literature concerned with the legacy of World War II, including Primo Levi’s The Drowned and the Saved and Giorgio Bassani’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. Films will include Roberto Rossellini’s Rome: Open City, Paisan (set mostly in Northern Italy), and Il Generale Della Rovere (set in Genoa), Vittorio De Sica’s Shoeshine and Bicycle Thieves, Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers (set in Milan), Federico Fellini’s 8 ½, Lina Wertmüller’s Seven Beauties, and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Back (a British film set in Venice).

Students will write several analytical papers on aesthetics and the representation of Italian history and society in the assigned movies and novels; they will also write two essays reflecting on the Italian sites they visit and comparing them to their cinematic and literary representations.

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Program dates:

Depart from Boston – May 22, 2017

Arrive Verona – May 23, 2017

Return to Boston – June 19, 2017

Program Fees:

$3800.00, estimated

Click here for a budget for this program that can be submitted to Financial Aid.

Program fee includes... Roundtrip airfare, housing, in-country transportation, medical insurance
...but does not include GCE course, Meals
Payment Schedule: All payments can be made to Student Accounts

These dates are approximate and will be updated in the fall semester...

Deposit: $300 due by December 2, 2016

Payment #1: January 13, 2017: $1500

Final Payment: April 1, 2017: $2000

Refund Policy After January 13, 2017 all money paid is non-refundable.