2017 Honors in Rome Exploration Seminar

2017 Honors in Rome Exploration Seminar

Staging the City: Performance, Power, and Identity in Rome from Empire to Mussolini

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August 21 – September 15, 2017
Sponsoring Units: University Honors Program, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
This program will satisfy the following 5 credits:

Course Credits Credit Type
Honors 213/Drama 494 5 Honors Arts and Humanities “W”

Information Sessions

Wed, January 25, 3:30 p.m., MGH 211

Wed, February 22, 3:30 p.m., MGH 211

Program Description

Honors 213/Drama 494 (5 credits) “W”

Using the city of Rome and 2000 years of performance traditions, literature, painting, and architecture, this inter-active, inter-disciplinary humanities course considers a single site:  Rome, and how Rome fashioned and re-fashioned its own charismatic image of imperial and cultural power first as the heart of the Roman Empire, then as the capital of Christiandom, later as a city of Papal Princes, the epicenter of high culture on any European tour, and finally Mussolini’s restoration of Empire.   How Rome created its unique, charismatic position in European history is largely a product of its own self-promotion.  Rome the city invented Rome the idea, and those acts of invention can be read as a powerful performance of civic identity.

Combining tours of the city’s own treasury of art and architecture with readings about its past, we explore Rome as the center of power and culture across the ages.   To study the city, we stand at the sites of power, feet in the present, the past at our reach.

Program Leadership

Director, Odai Johnson is a Professor of Drama at the University of Washington.  Odai has traveled extensively in and around Rome and has written about many of Rome’s major periods:  classical Rome, Renaissance, 18th century, and early 20th

Arendt Speser, the course support partner, has functioned as staff and teaching mentor for several UW courses at the Rome Center. Arendt is fluent in Italian.


Anticipated Student Program Fee: $4,415 (students do not pay tuition; program fee and concurrent enrollment fee only)
Average Airplane Ticket: $1,700
Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable UW Study Abroad Fee $350 October 13, 2017
Program Fee Balance $4,415 October 13, 2017

Making the program affordable

The Honors Program is passionate about study abroad and the incredible impact it can have on a student’s life.  An education grounded in a global context provides life long skills and lifelong memories. Studying abroad deepens study at home and provides a foundation for expanded reflection and self-growth, all core tenets of the Honors Program. We want everyone to experience study abroad. Don’t assume you can’t afford to study outside of the U.S. Here are resources to help you get started on your global adventures!

Honors Program Scholarships

The Honors Program offers a number of scholarships for current Honors Program students. These scholarship funds may be used for UW approved study abroad programs or exchanges. Students may apply beginning in January (deadline is April 1).

Study Abroad Scholarships at UW

The UW offers several scholarships to support students interested in studying abroad whether through a faculty led program or an exchange program. A few opportunities include GO! and Fritz.

Visit the The Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity’s Global Opportunities website to learn about more scholarship opportunities.

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

The summer 2017 Gilman International Scholarship application will open in mid-January 2017. Applications are due March 7, 2017 by 11:59pm (Central Time) and the certifying advisor deadline is March 14.

There are several outside resources for study abroad scholarships. Visit the UW’s Study Abroad Scholarship page for more information on scholarship support as well as information about GET funds and how you may apply the GET to your study abroad costs.

Using Financial Aid for Study Abroad

You may find more information about using your existing financial aid for study abroad on the Study Abroad Office’s Financial Aid webpage.  In general, all financial aid awarded may be used to support study abroad. Exceptions to this include tuition waivers, work-study awards, or scholarships that are specific about using the award for tuition (although there may be flexibility with some scholarships, please check with the financial aid office). Tuition waivers and work-study are never allowed for study abroad.

Revision of Need

You may also turn in a “Revision of Need” form with the Financial Aid Office if you have a FAFSA on file.  Once you are accepted to a study abroad program, visit the Study Abroad Office to obtain a budget for your study abroad program then complete the Revision Request and turn in both the budget and the revision request to the Office of Student Financial Aid in Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Financial Aid Study Abroad Funding Website for more information about applying for Summer quarter financial aid and for information about Exploration Seminar financial aid timeline (different than A or B term financial aid disbursement timeline).

You may also contact Honors Program Director Julie Villegas (villegas@uw.edu) if you would like to discuss additional resources and strategies.

Application Process

This program is open to students in the Honors Program and also students across campus. The program is focused on recruiting a diverse group of students. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply and the program encourages freshmen-seniors with a special recruitment effort to incoming Honors freshmen. We anticipate a mix of incoming freshmen-Seniors.

No prereqs or language requirements, although the program director will encourage students to learn basic words and phrases in Italian to facilitate open and humble learning.

Application Open/Contact Julie Villegas for active application link.