This summer 2018 program (June 30 – August 4) focuses on
the revival of classical culture and ideas in the early modern world, as we experience Rome and its environs and visit Florence in Tuscany as well. One course studies the revival of classical culture and values during the Renaissance and the reaction against medieval ideas. It then traces subsequent developments from the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century through the Scientific Revolution in the seventeenth century. Rome – the eternal city and caput
mundi (world capital) – will provide the backdrop for our study of the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, the discovery and conquest of the Americas, and the birth of the
scientific method. The second course examines the city of Rome from a cultural, literary and historical perspective. We learn about Rome through reading, walking, and experiencing the streets, churches, and monuments of the city.