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UNO ROME 2017

SUMMER 2017 COURSE OFFERINGS

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ENGL 2090 The Roman World in Literature & Film
FA 1010 Art Appreciation
FA 1060 Intro to Drawing
HUMS 2090 Popular Culture in Italy: Ancient to Present Day
HIST 2991 Modern Italy: Unification to the Present
HIST 2991 Preserving and Restaging the Past

Summer 2017 Course Descriptions


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ENGL 2090

The Roman World in Literature and Film

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Class Instructor: Dr. Lisa Verner

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Description.Reading, evaluation, and discussion of selected writers, works, or literary topics. Whereas films such as Gladiator set records at the box office, regrettably few viewers go to the trouble of familiarizing themselves with the rich store of literature that serves as inspiration for these blockbusters and to a large extent as the basis for the study of Western civilization itself. This course sets out to fill the gap between celluloid depictions of antiquity and the literary heritage of the Roman world. We will examine how contemporary film understands and presents the past, to what extent films based in antiquity are disconnected from the stories and historical issues that inspired them, and what connections might exist and how those connections might help us better understand both classical literature and modern film.


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FA 1010

Art Appreciation

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Description. An introduction to art in which the visual elements and principles are examined through a study of the key monuments in the history of art from cave paintings to the present. Important styles of painting, sculpture, architecture, and twentieth century media are explored with attention to the personalities of the artists and the cultures in which they lived. As this class is in Rome special attention will be made to Renaissance and Classical Roman art as well as contemporary Italian art.

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FA 1060

Intro to Drawing

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Description. Offered each semester. An introduction to basic drawing concepts and media. Six hours of studio work. Being in Rome would certainly be an opportunity to teach students the fundamentals of drawing in the midst of the art of the masters. Art students going back to the Renaissance have drawn figure studies from antiquity, studying anatomy from works of genius, which are both humbling and inspiring. Field trips for life drawing exercises and studio set up for drawing fundamentals will be used.

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HUMS 2090

Popular Culture in Italy: Ancient to Present Day

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Description: An examination of selected topics in the Humanities drawn from contemporary issues in fields including but not limited to the arts, culture, economics, and politics as they relate to the human condition. We will tour Rome and its historic sites (Circus Maximus, Coliseum, Vatican), taking in the way ancient “advertising” and political and religious influences are juxtaposed with contemporary advertising and kitsch The Vatican, its global influence and brilliant use of visuals, is a success story in Italian “advertising. Stereotypes in media, advertising and the Church will be questioned, gender, religious and political bias will be exposed, all while enjoying the beauty of the city. Modern day Italy is also known for using Popular culture and advertising to successfully export luxury goods and the “Italian lifestyle”, including tourism, fashion and food-all of which we shall analyze and enjoy.

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HIST 2991

Modern Italy: Unification to Present

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Description: This course explores the political, social, and cultural history of modern Italy from Unification and Risorgimento through the present. The class examines the national unification period of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the post-WWI roots of fascism, social changes during the regime period and World War II, the post-war recovery, the joining of the European Union and the legacy of fascism in modern politics. Additional topics include regionalism, religion and secular culture, mafia, immigration, popular culture, and national identity. The course uses relevant music and film to illustrate the social and cultural developments that characterize modern Italy. The class will also take walking tours to local sites in the historic center related to Risorgimento, and will travel outside of Rome’s historic center to explore the EUR community built in the 1930s and 1940s, and other sites relevant to the emergence of modern Italy.


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HIST 2991

Preserving and Restaging the Past

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Description: This course studies the preservation and presentation of history and art at museums in Rome. The class explores the evolution of museums and is designed to develop public history knowledge by focusing on history of the each museum, the exhibition design and presentation of artifacts, architecture, the use of media and modern technology in exhibit interpretation. The class involves visits to a variety of art and history museums including the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, Galleria Borghese, the National Etruscan Museum, the Museum of Risorgimento, the National Museum of Rome, the National Gallery of Roman Antique Art, as well as the more very modern MAXXI and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome.



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