Dante in Italy | Faculty-led Program
The most recent Dante in Italy faculty-led program took place in May 2017. The program was going to run in summer 2020 but was cancelled due to COVID-19. This faculty-led program may be offered again in summer 2023 or summer 2024.
Students on this faculty-led program will explore the connection between the culture of Florence, Italy and Dante's Commedia (The Divine Comedy). Written just after 1300, the Commedia is perhaps the most famous work of Italian literature, and the images and ideas of the work developed because of the visual culture and social milieu of late medieval Florence. Moreover, after the publication and circulation of the work, the images and ideas would be a driving force of the Renaissance. Dante's Commedia may be read anywhere, but the work is extraordinarily local. It was written in fourteenth-century Florence about the people and politics of the Tuscan region, and students participating in this faculty-led program will explore the art, geography, culture, and history that influenced the work and were influenced by the work. Students will read the work carefully and then trace the places that inform the work by visiting various sites in Florence and elsewhere in Italy. Students will be fully immersed in Italian culture with a sense of its medieval and Renaissance history. For instance, we will experience the music of Dante's era, which would have influenced his poetic form, and we will cook and eat the food of the region at the time of Dante.
Students will walk extensively as part of this program, some days in excess of ten miles. Most Italian cities were designed for walking rather than car. Students should be prepared to carry luggage through urban environments and on/off of trains. Pre-departure meetings will address preparing and packing appropriately.
A valid passport is required for participation in this faculty-led program. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of travel. If you do not have a valid passport, you can apply for a passport
on campus at WSU through the Study Abroad office.
18-21 days in May
- Florence, Italy
- Ravenna, Italy
- Rome, Italy
- Cinque Terre, Italy
- Siena, Italy
- Venice, Italy
Students can take one
of the following courses as part of the Dante in Italy program:
- ENG 221 (3 credits) - counts for Goal Areas 6A and 8
- ENG 432 (3 credits)
- English majors and minors
- Open to all students
- ENG 221: None
- ENG 432: Successful completion of ENG 290 (Literary Studies)
- The typical cost range for this program is between $4,500 - $5,500 depending on enrollment min/max.
- The program cost includes: WSU tuition and fees for 3-credit ENG 221 or ENG 432 course, roundtrip airfare, in-country transportation, lodging, most meals, admission & event fees for group educational activities, international health insurance for the duration of the program, and the Study Abroad administrative fee.
- The $500 confirmation deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost.
Dr. Andrew Higl (AHigl@winona.edu)
STUDY ABROAD CONTACT INFORMATION
Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs