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Yale Summer Session in Rome: Rome

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Program Information

Location

Rome, Italy

Term

Summer

Dates

Sunday, May 26, 2019 to Saturday, June 29, 2019

Language

English

Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills Hu distributional requirement

Structure

Study Center

Course Number

HUMS S250

Credits

2 Yale credits

Instructor

Virginia Jewiss 

Prerequisites

Yale College Applicants: HUMS 444 (City of Rome) or permission from instructor, Virginia Jewiss, if not enrolled in HUMS 444 during the Spring term, who will determine if the applicant has a satisfactory background in the program’s subject matter.

Other Applicants: Permission from program instructor, Virginia Jewiss, who will determine if the applicant has a satisfactory background in the program’s subject matter.

Description

Rome was Aeneas’s new home, and heir to the glory of Greece. Under the Caesars, Rome was the seat of the most extraordinary imperial power the world has ever known. Rome was where Peter became the rock of the Church, and it remains the indisputable center of western Christendom. Rome was where Petrarch gazed out on the ruins of that ancient civilization; his ruminations gave rise to the Renaissance. Rome was where Martin Luther witnessed the corruption and decadence of ecclesiastic power; his outrage fueling the Reformation. And Rome is where the Church responded most dramatically to that schism; the spectacular artistic patronage and urban planning of the Baroque period reshaped the city. Rome was the high point of the Grand Tour and the mecca for Romantics. In 1938 Rome was where Hitler first met Mussolini. And in 1957 the signing of the Treaty of Rome led to the founding of the European Economic Community.

Nothing is simply ancient history in the Eternal City. The intersection - still visible in the urban landscape - of past and present, of arts, politics, and theology is the focus of this five-week, interdisciplinary study of Rome from its legendary origins through its evolving presence at the crossroads of Europe and the world.

In addition to the core curriculum, students will complete a guided independent research project, which will allow them to pursue a particular interest and get to know the city better. 

Class days, times, and locations will vary, as the city of Rome is the classroom! However, students should expect about 2 - 3 hours of work outside the classroom each day, as well excursions and other program activities.

The schedule below is from a previous summer and contains dates that differ from those of the upcoming summer.

Budget

Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad updates program budgets in late January. Please note the year listed on the button below.

Summer 2019 Budget

Trips and Activities

Participants should be prepared to do a great deal of walking in this course! Rome will be our classroom, and we will often discuss a book or work of art on the very spot that inspired it. We will visit Rome's extraordinary museums, churches, piazzas, and archeological sites, and walk the city's beautiful streets, in order to study the layers of history and the complex interweaving of sacred and civic space. We will also walk through the countryside, along ancient Roman aqueducts, and then return the city via the ancient Appian Way, as countless travelers to Rome have done throughout the centuries. We will follow the largely intact Aurelian Walls, built in the third century, in order to familiarize ourselves with the expanse of the ancient city through our feet; and trace the streets opened up by Pope Sixtus V as part of his urban renewal project. We will stroll down the boulevards Mussolini built between his office to the Colosseum, thus linking his authority to that of ancient Rome. And we will travel to Ostia Antica, Rome's ancient port city, and nearby Tivoli, home of Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este, with its enchanting water garden.

Eating is the center of Roman life. Local market tours, wine-tasting sessions, picnics, and group dinners at neighborhood trattorias will allow participants discover Roman specialties and participate in the Italian habit of lingering and talking around the table.

Housing

Participants will live in apartments in Trastevere, Rome's lively and beautiful medieval quarter. The neighborhood is known for its markets, small food shops, and restaurants. Apartments have furnished kitchens, where cooking (and tasting!) lessons will be held. Each student will be provided with one set of sheets and a towel and there are fans in the rooms. Seminar meetings will be held in air-conditioned classrooms in the heart of Rome.

Notes

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and are expected to arrive in Rome, before 5:00 p.m., on the first day of the program, and depart no earlier than the last day of the program (see 'Dates' above); additional information will be provided upon admission.

Questions

For course content questions contact instructor, Virginia Jewiss. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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