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Ghosts of Rome with Lisl Walsh and Matthew Taylor

Rome is a city of ghosts, of sharp juxtapositions between ancient and modern, then and now. It is haunted by a past that also sustains it, culturally and economically. Some ghosts are sanctioned, others are not; some are displayed, some reveal themselves, and others have to be sought.

This course engages students in an imaginative approach to the ancient and modern city, exploring its past and present and learning how our own experiences (of history, urban spaces, culture, and even college itself) inevitably change the landscape of our investigation. Students spend a week in Beloit immersing themselves in Roman history, calibrating approaches to on-site study, and planning for study abroad. The class then travels to Italy, where we spend ten days hunting the ghosts of Rome—those that live there, and those we bring with us. This course fulfills the 2A, C, and L1 requirements.

The comprehensive fee for this course is $3,900 (including regular tuition $2,400 + program fee $1,500). Room and board while at Beloit are included in this price, as is room in Rome. Students are responsible for their flight and meals in Rome.