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When In Rome: A Creative Writing Seminar

                 Conducted in English

All roads lead to Rome, or at least they used to in Europe.  At once the ancient capital of an empire and modern capital of the world, the seat of the Catholic Church surrounded by temples and monuments to the Roman gods, a city with thousands of years of history living and breathing in its aqueducts and abutting buildings, compressed and bound together, creating a unique mosaic in some kind of cohesive whole—what more intriguing and mysterious locale to inspire writers.  In this creative writing seminar, we immerse in the “place” of Rome as we walk its physical, temporal, and cultural landscape.  We dive into relevant writings across genres as well as some of the many great films inspired by or situated in the city of Rome.  For instance, we’ll read poems by Bryon and Keats on the Spanish Steps (and inside the Keats-Shelley House).  Then, cross the street, to the imaginary café (near the actual Café Greco, where the Romantic Poets held court) where Tom Ripley played his cat and mouse game in The Talented Mr. Ripley.  We’ll go on a Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.  We’ll march down the Via Appia, the mother road of all Roman roads at the height of the Roman Empire.  We’ll cruise the catacombs, the proverbial “Cave,” with the early Christians, and then intone the laws of the vampires with the Vampire Lestat, and more.  Ultimately, through our study, experience, and imagination, each student will write their own sense of Rome, its place, its mystery, its secrets, its nightmares and dreams.  
The culture program includes entrance to the Coliseum, the Palatine Hill and Forum, the Keats-Shelley House, Villa d’este, Ostia Antica, and the Catacombs as well as a night cruise on the Tiber, and welcome/farewell gathering.



Location: Rome, Italy

NY departure and return dates: June 6 - July 4
Arrive in Rome morning of June 7

Course offered: 3 credits, English

Faculty: Professor Morgan Schulz (

Housing: Rome Campus of St. John's University Dormitory

Program Costs

Cost (includes all expenses below except airfare): $2695

CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduates): $645 

Travel insurance: $50 

Consolidated fee (housing, tours, excursions, welcome and farewell dinner): $2000

Total cost with airfare: $3695

Airfare: $1000 (estimate)

Additional costs

Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $20 to $25 per day (approximately $600)

Application Deadline: April 2, 2012

Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria). Travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.

Education Abroad Office
Kiely Hall, Room 183
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, New York 11367-1597 
718-997-5055 (FAX)  
Email: Education Abroad



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