SVC Summer Institute in Rome Announced

by Public Relations | Aug 28, 2019

Rome, Italy

LATROBE, PA – The Saint Vincent College Center for Catholic Thought and Culture will sponsor a five-week experiential learning excursion to Rome which will allow students to receive course credit while immersing themselves in the history and culture of the historic city.

Open to Saint Vincent College students, the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture’s inaugural Summer Institute in Rome will take place May 13 ­– June 20, 2020. Lodging will be provided at the International Benedictine University at Sant’ Anselmo, located on Rome’s historic Aventine Hill.

Twenty-six student participants will enroll in three cross-disciplinary courses over the five-week span. Courses include Christian Art in the City of Rome, Roman Political Thought and The Galileo Affair.

Christian Art in the City of Rome will be taught by renowned art historian, critic and bestselling author Elizabeth Lev. The course will allow students to travel to museums and other cultural sites throughout Rome while learning about the rich history and lasting impact of Christian art throughout the city. The course will be worth three credits.

Roman Political Thought will be taught by Dr. Jerome Foss, Saint Vincent associate professor of politics and director of the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture. Within eyesight of the ancient Roman Forum, students will study the ideas and institutions of the Roman Republic and learn about its eventual decline. The course will focus on the works of Cicero, Plutarch and other primary sources. This course will also be worth three credits.

The Galileo Affair is a four-credit science course that will be taught by Br. Lawrence Machia, O.S.B., assistant director of Saint Vincent Campus Ministry and faculty member in Saint Vincent’s Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing. Students will study the 16th century astronomer, physicist, mathematician and engineer widely known as the father of modern science, with field trips to see first-hand several of Galileo’s artifacts and a tour of the Vatican observatory. In addition to learning about Galileo’s theory, students will read primary sources from his life and Church publications about the relationship between faith and science.

In addition to taking these classes, participants will have time to explore historic Rome on their own and are encouraged to immerse themselves in the city’s rich culture. Students will also take a group trip to Florence where they will further their studies and explore another historic city of Italy.

The cost for students to take part in the SVC Summer Institute in Rome will be $8,000. This fee includes airfare, lodging, class tuition and some meals. Financial need scholarships are available.

Applications are open to Saint Vincent College students through Nov. 1 and can be found online at

An information session will be held at 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Foundations Room on the Saint Vincent campus. For more information, contact Dr. Foss at or Sara Hart, director of international education, at


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