FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY

Study Abroad in Italy
The Art and Politics of Italy May 11-25, 2014 Discover the art and culture of Italy in five great cities: Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, and Milan. Each day, we will visit monuments, archaeological sites, churches and world-class museums to experience masterpieces of Italian art in person. The philosophy portion of the program will have us asking questions about the political and social context in which these masterpieces were created, as well as become aware of how Italy's political system has changed over its long history. Highlights of the trip will include the ancient Roman Colosseum, Michelangelo’s David, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Vatican & Sistine Chapel, and more.

Courses: Art History 390: The Art of Italy Philosophy 315: Political and Social Philosophy

Dr. Rachel Foulk Office: Johnson Hall 124 (231) 591-2776 foulkr@ferris.edu

Dr. John Scott Gray Office: Johnson Hall 119 (231) 591-3515 grayj14@ferris.edu

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Preliminary Itinerary May 11 – Travel by plane from Detroit to Rome May 12 – Arrive in Rome. Visit Column of Marcus Aurelius, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish Steps. May 13 – Visit monuments of ancient Rome: Roman Forum, including the House of the Vestal Virgins, Arches of Titus and Constantine, Roman Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Trajan’s Forum and Column. Also visit Palazzo Venezia and the Capitoline Museums. May 14 – Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, including the Dome of St. Peter’s. Visit Bernini’s St. Teresa in Ecstasy at Santa Maria della Vittoria. Also visit Caravaggio paintings at Santa Maria del Popolo and San Luigi dei Francesi. May 15 – Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s School of Athens. Visit the Four Roman Temples at Largo Argentina and the Ara Pacis Museum and Piazza. May 16 – Pantheon, Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Piazza Navona. Afternoon activity (students will chose between the Protestant Cemetery, Christian Catacombs of St. Sebastian, or the Baths of Caracalla) May 17 – Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme to see ancient Roman art and the Villa Borghese to see Baroque sculpture and paintings. May 18 – Travel by train to Pompeii, visit the ruins, including the streets, houses, Forum, Basilica, Amphitheater, Villa of the Mysteries, and the Baths.

May 19 – Visit Herculaneum, and then travel by train to Florence. Visit Duomo (Cathedral) of Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi’s Dome, and the Museum of the Dome.

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May 20 – Visit Uffizi Gallery, Florentine Baptistery and Ghiberti’s Doors, and Ponte Vecchio May 21 – Travel to Pisa by bus in the AM, Visit Piazzale Michelangelo back in Florence at dusk

May 22 – Visit Galleria dell’ Accademia and Michelangelo’s David. Afternoon activity (students will choose between Santa Maria Novella, Fiesole, or the Pitti Palace Gardens) May 23 – Travel by train to Milan, Visit Leonardo’s Horse May 24 – Visit Leornardo da Vinci’s Last Supper and the Duomo of Milan. Window Shopping in Milan at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. May 25 – Travel by train to Rome; Depart by Plane

Participants will reside in hotels. Program Costs: Estimated program fee of $3300. Program Fee Includes: in-country transportation, airfare, lodging, some meals, admission fees, insurance & $100 application fee. Program Fee Does Not Include: Ferris tuition, required textbooks, passport, some meals, and personal expenses. FSU Tuition per 3 credit course (In State): $1095 Miscellaneous Expenses (suggested): $300- $500. Passport (if applicable): $165

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More about the Program: In participating in this program, students will become familiar with the enduring culture of Italy and its impact upon the Western tradition. Italian culture—both ancient and modern— impacts our own lives in the United States, in areas such as philosophy, language, art, law, religion, and politics. Students will begin by studying in Rome, the eternal city, and take a trip to nearby Pompeii. By examining the monuments the Romans built at sites like the ancient Roman Forum, the Ara Pacis, Colosseum, and the Pantheon, we will come to understand better the society, religion, and philosophy of the ancient Romans. We will also study Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture at sites in Rome, Pisa, and Milan, as we track the evolving politics of the Italian peninsula. More modern philosophies and histories will also be studied at each of the cities in this program, including Italy’s unification in the 19th century and her role in World War I and II. The Courses: Art History 390: The Art of Italy: Ancient to Contemporary with Dr. Rachel Foulk (3 credits; Counts for Cultural Enrichment in Ferris General Education requirements) This Art History course will present an in-depth study of the art of the Italian peninsula from its beginnings in ancient Etruria and Rome through the modern day. Site and museum visits will allow students to personally experience and examine works of art and architecture. Major periods of discussion include Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern Art. Focusing on works of painting, sculpture, and architecture, we will examine art with careful consideration for history, style, function, meaning, and social context. Students will also develop the visual skills and appropriate vocabulary to discuss works of art, paying careful attention to the formal elements of art and the principles of design. In turn, these skills will better prepare students to think critically about the many forms of visual expression. Philosophy 315: Political and Social Philosophy with Dr. John Scott Gray (3 credits; Counts for Cultural Enrichment and Global Consciousness in Ferris General Education requirements) This Philosophy course will use various tools of philosophical analysis, including the reading of primary texts ranging from the ancient thinkers through 20th century philosophers to gain a deeper understanding of the course topics. This course applies the philosophical method, in particular the Socratic method of question and answer, to examine our conceptions of justice, equality and natural rights, attempting to get students to reevaluate their understanding of these concepts. For this study abroad, the emphasis will be on the Roman/Italian tradition, including Cicero, Seneca, Dante and Negri, as well as fascist thought under Mussolini.

**Courses are open to all majors. For those students minoring in Art History or Philosophy, both courses can be counted toward your minor.

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