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					                                                                    Robin Merritt ’09

Study Abroad Programs                                                                               Florence

                          International Education

                                                                                                Study Abroad Programs
                          Dolan House
                          Fairfield University
                          1073 North Benson Road
                          Fairfield, Conn. 06824-5195
                                                                                                    Religion and Art in Florence, Italy
                          Phone: (203) 254-4332
                          Fax: (203) 254-4261
                          E-mail:                                          March 5 - March 14, 2010
RELIGION AND ART IN FLORENCE, ITALY                                                                      RS 205 Selected Topics in the Catholic
                                                                                                         Tradition: Sacred Space, Religious Symbol,
                                                                                                                                                           Students will be housed in a small hotel in
An in-depth study of religion and the art it inspired in                                                 and Ritual Practice in Renaissance Art            the city center. Lodging is double occupancy.

Florence during the Italian Renaissance                                                                  The course explores the ways in which reli-
                                                                                                         gious beliefs, ideas, and practices inspired      APPLICATION DEADLINE:
MARCH 5 - MARCH 14, 2010                                                                                 and informed the creation of works of art         December 1, 2009
                                                                                                         and considers how sacred art functioned in        Application form at
The Roman Catholic religion and its central ideas were a major source of inspiration in the              faith practices and religious communica-
creation of rich and beautiful art during the Renaissance period in Italy. This course explores          tion. The course will include on-site visits to   Program deposit of $500 due with
                                                                                                                                                           application no later than December 1, 2009;
religious thought in light of its relation to important sacred places and works of religious art in      major churches, sacred spaces, and important
                                                                                                                                                           balance due January 8, 2010.
Florence. The course approaches this study of religion and art through the examination of five           works of art located in present day Florence.
                                                                                                         Architects, sculptors, painters, and leading      A cumulative GPA of 2.8 is required.
major themes: sacred space, religious ritual, religious symbol, religious meaning and human
suffering, and prayer and spirituality.                                                                  patrons thrived and flourished in Florence
                                                                                                         during the Renaissance.                           PROGRAM COST: $2,950
Fairfield University, a Jesuit institution, is fully accredited by the New England Association of                                                          Includes:
Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states.                This intensive course will include daily class    > Tuition for three Fairfield University
                                                                                                         sessions (either morning or afternoon meet-         undergraduate credits

FACULTY                                                                                                  ings) at the Florence University of the Arts      > Housing in a small hotel in the historic
                                                                                                         and also regular site visits to church and          city center
Francis T. Hannafey, S.J., Ph.D., is associate professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University.
A Jesuit priest, he has recently concluded service as chair of the Religious Studies Department and      museum locations in the city of Florence.         > Roundtrip airport transfer in Florence
                                                                                                         Class visits will provide the opportunity for       for group flight passengers
teaches courses in Religious Studies, Christian and Social Ethics, and Business Ethics. A student of
art history for years who also draws and paints, Fr. Hannafey hopes that his students will be great-     group and individual study. Class visits are      > Breakfast daily and three lunches
ly inspired by the richness and beauty of religious and artistic expression in present day Florence.     planned for the churches and monasteries          > Welcome and farewell dinner
                                                                                                         of San Marco, Santa Croce, and Santa Maria
                                                                                                                                                           > Site visits within the city of Florence
                                                                                                         Novella, Orsanmichele, Santi Apostoli, Santa
                                                                                                         Maria Maggiore, the Cathedral of Santa            > Health insurance
                                                                                                         Maria del Fiore (Duomo) and the Baptistery.       > Visa assistance for qualified students

                                                                                                         The course will explore the work of leading       Airfare is not included. Seat will be reserved
                                                                                                         Renaissance artists, including Brunelleschi,      on a group flight from JFK to Florence through
                                                                                                         Masaccio, Michelangelo, Fra Angelico,             STA Travel. Students purchase tickets directly
                                                                                                         Donatello, Ghirlandaio, Giotto, Vasari and        from STA (or independently, if you wish). The
                                                                                                                                                           group flight will depart on March 5 and return
                                                                                                         others. Religious paintings on wood panel,
                                                                                                                                                           on March 14.
                                                                                                         frescoes, sculpture, sacred space designs in
                                                                                                         churches, monasteries, and convents will
                                                                                                                                                           The Trustees of the University reserve the right to
                                                                                                         especially be considered.
                                                                                                                                                           change tuition rates and make additional changes
                                                                                                                                                           whenever necessary.
                                                                                                         The course, which is conducted in English,
                                                                                                         fulfills a Religious Studies core requirement.
                                                                                                         No course prerequisites are required and the
                                                                                                         course is open to all students.
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