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Study Abroad

Interested in seeing the world, making a difference, and exploring other cultures?

Studying abroad can be one of the most rewarding and enlightening experiences of your education. Opportunities can range from three weeks to a quarter to even a year or more.

Immerse yourself in one of the world's largest theatre festivals in Edinburgh, Scotland, or study cities and civic identity in Rome, Italy. No matter where you go, your study abroad experience is sure to enrich you as a scholar, artist, and human being.

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

Early Fall Start 2021
Honors 370/Drama 494, 5 credits

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
Odai Johnson, Professor of Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism, School of Drama

Applications for this program will open soon. In the meantime, if you would like more information, please contact Professor Odai Johnson at