Upper Iowa University students and faculty will view masterpieces like this bronze sculpture of Ceasar Augustus during their May term trip to Italy.
FAYETTE, Iowa (April 18, 2013) –Michelangelo's "David," Botticelli's "Birth of Venus," Brunelleschi's "Il Duomo" - hundreds of priceless works of art, and the ruins of historical monuments like the Coliseum and the Roman Forum as part of a humanities general education course.
Flying into Rome, the group will experience Vatican City before traveling by train to Florence where they will spend five days getting lost in the vast history of the city that was founded in 80 BC. They will also explore the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the Western world. There will be two days in Venice, and an optional trip to Ravenna to view some of the finest Byzantinian mosaics outside of Turkey.
Each UIU student is assigned a work of art or monument to research and present to the group. In addition, they will participate in a photo scavenger hunt.
Leading the Italian May term trip in its second year are Dr. Sarahh Scher and Elissa Wenthe, both UIU assistant professors of art.
"With the various activities planned for this course, students will get a look at a broad swath of history and culture – everything from Roman influence to the Medieval period, Renaissance, Baroque and even Contemporary art," said Scher.
"They'll also get a sense of how much older the rest of the world is," added Wenthe, "as well as experience life in another culture."
While the art component of the course is strong, Upper Iowa students will also be immersed in other experiences. At the Vatican, the students will spend a lot of time viewing its priceless works of art, but will also see people on a pilgrimage to the heart of the Roman Catholic Church showing them how deep history can be in one place.
UIU students are also encouraged to seek out street art and tacky art aimed at tourists during the trip as a way to open discussion on how all art fits within a society's make-up.
Traveling to Italy are Daphne Barness from Ossian, Iowa; Kaitlyn Emanuel from Byron, Minn.; Dr. Scott Figdore, UIU interim dean of the School of Science and Mathematics, and his wife Linda Figdore, UIU lab assistant, from West Union, Iowa; Carol Langerman-Aten, UIU custodian, and her husband Steve from Fayette, Iowa; Carmen Lezpona from Onalaska, Wis.; Amand Millard from Madison, Wis.; Olivia Munkel, from Decorah, Iowa; Troy Parker from Orange, Australia; Dan Rasmussen from St. Paul, Minn.; Jenna Sutton from Decorah, Iowa; Kelsey Taldone from Crystal Lake, Ill.; Danielle Weiss from Racine, Wis.; Colton Wood from Tripoli, Iowa; Meredith Worrall from Charles City, Iowa; Cori Wronski from Huntley, Ill.; Yvonne Broadnax from Milwaukee, Wis.; Cathy Reinke from Waunakee, Wis.; and Connie Reinke from Middleton, Wis.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.