Advanced Honors Trip

Honors College Advanced Honors Trip Summer 2021: 
Rome, Italy and Paris, France

Five Week-First: July 5th-August 5th 2021

Through Napoleon’s lens we will experience the court of Augustus and the art and material remains of imperial Rome. Points of interest in Rome include sites from all ages of the Roman Empire: classical monuments including the Forum and Colosseum; Christian churches and Catacombs; Medieval towers and palaces of noble families; Renaissance art, particularly the Vatican collection; Baroque art, particularly the Borghese Gallery; and the Neoclassical urban design of Mussolini and the Fascist regime. In addition to the study of the Roman empire from Forum to Fascism, students will also visit in Rome the wonderful Museum of Napoleon Museo Napoleonico in Rome, a collection of the First and Second Empires, including personal possessions and works of art/objects connected to the Bonapartes; and Museum of Rome at Palazzo Braschi and in Trastevere, where the permanent collections focus on Roman life in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the so-called Napoleonic Era. The collection includes paintings, prints, drawings and watercolors, including the series on Roma sparita ("vanished Rome") by Ettore Roesler Franz (1845–1907), and life-size representations of day-to-day life, known as "Roman Scenes."

Faculty Lead: Dr. Cynthia White:  

Since I first began my career as a Professor of Classics, I have lived in Rome, studied there, and led groups of travelers to its famous splendors. The UA summer “Honors City as Text” courses are among the most wonderful I have ever taught, because students move between desktop and street life to become architects of their own learning. When I meet students from previous summers, they always tell me about the friendships they made on the trip and the confidence they gained in their own ability to negotiate transportation, language, and the unexpected international settings. Most important, perhaps, they tell me that their summer Honors experience gave them a perspective on their own lives and career plans. As we stand in the ruins of Rome and experience the rise and fall of empires and millennia against the delightful dolce vita of the modern city, I hope that Rome will shed its golden dust upon you, too, and that the experience will change you in all the best ways.

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