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Program Description

Two cities: Basel, Switzerland, a center of Reformation activity, and Florence, Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance, will set the stage for this cross-cultural experience. Both cities contributed to radical artistic, cultural, scientific and religious awakenings that spelled the end of the medieval era and ushered in the modern world. Both cities were centers of humanist thought.

By including recent interpretations by social and women's historians of both movements, this cross-cultural journey will go beyond the usual Renaissance and Reformation historical and artistic study of great men. Through the inclusion of recent scholarship, connections will be made between the great artists and thinkers of the day and the experience of women and commoners.

Alongside the Reformation and Renaissance students will have the opportunity to study recent developments in the European Union. Although western and industrialized, American students should not assume that European countries have made similar choices to the US, espcially in regard to energy policies, the environment and foreign affairs. The class will include readings, guest lectures and discussions of the EU's humanitarian approach to foreign affaris as opposed to militaristic "solutions" and their very different views on energy and the environment. Students will engage with modern Italian and Swiss culture and add to their cross-cultural experience by learning how to travel in Europe.

Estimated Cost: on campus tuition, room and board plus $1,500 travel (cost may be adjusted due to changes in currency exchange rates and air fares)

Semester Leaders: Kimberly Schmidt and Melvin Schmidt

Enrollment: maximum 25 students

Course Credits: 15 semester hours

*Course Descriptions

CCUS 201 Cross-Cultural Understanding 3 SH Guest speakers along with numerous exploration assignments will aid student learning of the history and culture of the Swiss and Italians. Living in a dormitory setting among students from the host culture will enhance the cross-cultural experience by offering opportunities for sustained conversation, friendship formation, and cultural awareness. Weekly journal assignments, class discussions, and readings will aid cross-cultural exchanges and growth.

CCHUM 311 Renaissance Art & Architecture 3 SH Who were the great artists and thinkers of the Italian Renaissance? How did women and commoners experience the Renaissance? Tours and lectures analyzing and explaining the masterpieces of the time will add to textbook knowledge. Students will also be exposed to social history approaches and understandings in this class. Students will be required to select a great person from Renaissance history and present their research at a significant site including Brunelleschi at the top of the duomo in Florence, Donatello at his statue of Mary Magdalene in Florence, St. Catherine of Siena in front of her alter, among many others.

CCPOL 201 Contemporary European Politics 3 SH The notion of a "radical Europe" continues in this class as examinations will reveal that contemporary European Union politics reject many US-favored approaches. Although western and industrialized, Europeans have made vastly different choices in terms of the environment and energy conservation. They favor humanitarian assistance over military "solutions" as a means to influence world affairs. Why did the EU make these choices and how effective have they been at implementing policies? Case studies and guest lectures will supplement classroom work, reading, and observations.

CCHST 301 Histories of the Reformation 3 SH Traditional histories of the Reformation have focused on great men. Newer approaches, which include experiences of women and commoners, both enhance and challenge traditional historical studies of the Reformation. Students will be required to select a person or event from Reformation history and present a paper at a significant site pertaining to that person. For examples, selections will include Erasmus at his grave in Basel, Zwingli at his statue in Zurich, Felix Manz and his mother at his commemorative plaque in Zurich, Helena von Freyburg and the Munichau Castle, at the Peasant's War at Traxelwald Castle, among others.

CCGER or CCFR 211 Foreign Language 3 SH Students will have the opportunity to study Italian, French and German. Students may elect to study either German or French at EMBS with EMBS professors. Italian language study will be available in Florence. Students may also opt for an independent study in an area of special interest to them.

*Course descriptions are pending approval from the General Education committee and we will later publish information regarding how these courses will satisfy Gen Ed requirements.