The MU International Center sponsors this summer, faculty-led study abroad program in collaboration with the Department of History. MU professor Linda Reeder will lead this three-credit program in Rome, Italy.
In September 1922, Mussolini announced, "it is our intention to make Rome the city of our spirit, a city that is purged and disinfected of all the elements, that have corrupted it and dragged it into mire. We aim to make Rome the beating heart, the galvanizing spirit of the imperial Italy that we dream of." Because of its significance for the Fascist party, Rome came to encapsulate the history of both Italian Fascism and the war. Traces of the Fascist dictatorship, the fall of Mussolini and subsequent German invasion, deportations and resistance are still visible in city streets and neighborhoods.
This program will explore the history of Fascism and German occupation in Italy through the city of Rome. We will study how fascism remade Rome, the arrival of the Germans, the history of the Jewish community and the deportations and the resistance. During the four-week session students will engage in weekly discussions of primary and secondary source readings. Each week, they will go on walking tours of the city seeking out the places that appear in the readings. The program will also include tours of museums, war memorials and monuments.
The goal of the class is to produce a museum-like exhibit of Rome between 1922 and 1945 that will be shown on the MU campus the following fall semester. Students will provide the written text and photographs for the exhibit. Participants from summer 2014 also built an online exhibit that will continue to grow over the years.
All students who participate in the program will be enrolled in one or two MU courses for a total of three or four credits.
HIST 4585/4085H or ITAL 4960 section 1: Rome: From Fascism to Liberation (3) will give students an understanding of the history and politics of fascism. Students will also focus on fascist social policies and attempts to reorganize civic life and culture, in addition to the war in Rome, from the Allied bombings in fall 1943 to the German occupation. Through reading and walking tours, students will learn about life under the Germans and the deportation of Italian Jews. The course will also highlight the history of the formal and informal resistance in Rome and the liberation.
ITAL 4960 section 2: Italian Language (1) is an optional additional course for students who choose to enroll in ITAL 4960 section 1. Students will complete Italian language course work and earn a combined total of four credits. Students who enroll in HIST 4085/4085H are not eligible to enroll in this course.
All students will be enrolled in actual MU courses. All students are guaranteed to receive MU credit for successfully completed courses; however, students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.
MU students: Grades will calculate into students' MU GPAs and appear on students' MU transcripts when grades are recorded by the faculty program director. Students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.
Non-MU/visiting students: Transcripts will be issued from MU and can be mailed to students' home universities. Students must work with their home universities to determine how credit from the program will transfer. The MU International Center will issue one transcript per student to one domestic address, as indicated on the student's Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.
Students will stay student apartments with cooking facilities in Rome.
Rome is considered by many to be a living, open-air museum always in translation having thrived as a global force for nearly 2,700 years. Visitors to this great city literally walk in the footsteps of Julius Caesar, Augustus, and other famous conquers who ruled over the vast Roman Empire from the heart of the city. Visits to the Colosseum, Villa Borghese, Piazza di Spagna, St. Peter’s Basillica, and the Vatican are only the start of grand adventures you will have during your stay in this vibrant city. As they say, when it Rome, do as the Romans do! Mingle with locals and learn Italian while enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of Rome. Don’t leave until you’ve relaxed the afternoon away sipping espresso at a quaint café and eaten as much pasta as your stomach can hold in Piazza Navona. Walk along the winding stone paths, bask in the beauty of Rome’s collection of Renaissance and Baroque art, and so much more! There is something for everyone in Rome!
Students will travel with the group but they will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during their time abroad.
MU faculty member Linda Reeder, Department of History, will accompany the students to Rome.
Faculty-led programs enrich the study abroad experience as well as the MU campus by providing students opportunities to study other cultures and disciplines in depth while gaining new perspectives on our own society. Faculty leaders serve as mentors, role-models and resources as students explore their host institution and country.
Linda Reeder is specializes in Italian women's history. Her research interests focus on gender, sexuality, transnational migration, national belonging and, most recently, female insanity. She has published a book on women entitled "Widows in White: Migration and the Transformation of Rural Italian Women," as well as articles on masculinity and migration. She is currently working on a history of gender and the making of modern Italy. At MU, she teaches courses on the history of modern Italy, European women's history and Europe in the 20th century.
In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.
Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.
If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.
Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.
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Summer faculty-led programs fill up quickly! Submit your application by the early acceptance date to ensure preferred consideration for admission and to be eligible for International Center scholarship funds reserved for early acceptance applicants. Applications are still welcome after the early acceptance date, but must be received by the final application deadline for consideration.
We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.
This program is not currently accepting applications.
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