»European Civilization Program

The Department of History launched a travel/study program in the summer of 2008 called the European Civilization Program. It concentrates on visits to three of the continent’s most important cities, London, Paris, and Rome. Two courses will be offered simultaneously by two professors from the department, Lee Estes and Bill Cumiford. The program’s intention is to provide Chapman students with a hands-on introduction to the history and culture of Western European Civilization through a three week course of study that meets both the intent and, more importantly, the spirit of Chapman's general education program. In addition, the two courses are intended to meet the specific curricular needs of History majors as well as provide some of them with the opportunity to do preliminary research on their senior theses.

The great strength of the European Civilization Program is not, however, the courses taken individually, but the way that these two courses, and the expertise of their instructors, complement and enhance one another. Chronologically, and with only a little overlap, the courses cover a period in European history and culture from classical antiquity to modern times, and the expertise of the instructors range from politics and society to art and architecture with specialized knowledge in such fields of study as religion, military conflict, urban studies and intellectual history. Though each course has its own entirely separate syllabus, they will be taught at the same time in the same three cities. This allows students in either course to draw on the knowledge of both instructors, which is particularly important to those who are doing research on their senior thesis as part of the trip. It also allows students to share and compare their experiences with students in the other class, making for a more comprehensive learning environment. In fact, some sessions will be run jointly, with instructors taking turns lecturing and answering questions, and, in addition to some texts specific to each course, all students will be required to purchase Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door: The Travel Skills Handbook.

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+- Roman Imperium

Professor Cumiford's course, The Roman Imperium, will be devoted to an examination of the Roman Empire at its center of periphery. The course will begin in Rome with a detailed excursion in the center of this ancient city, especially the Forum, Colosseum, and the Palatine Hill. Students will also visit the Capitoline Museum and the Catacombs of San Callisto. In addition, there will be  day-long trips to Ostia Antica, the ancient port of Rome, Florence, Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius. In England students will walk the streets of ancient Londinium, viewing its walls as well as examining relevant artifacts at the British Museum and the Museum of London. There will be an outing to the Roman municipium at Verulamium (St. Albans) and students will spend a day at Aquae Sulis (Bath), the site of a natural mineral spring converted by the Romans into an ancient health spa. The course will conclude in Paris, ancient Lutetia, with a walking tour of the central city and visit to the Roman antiquities at the Louvre. Students will study Gallo-Roman remains at the Crypte Archeologique, the Cluny Museum and the Arenes de Lutece.

 

William Cumiford, PhD
Associate Professor of History
(714) 532-6013
cumiford@chapman.edu

+-The Grand Tour

Professor Estes' course, The Grand Tour will examine the life of a British aristocrat of the eighteenth-century on an educational sojourn to the continent to widen his or her knowledge of contemporary affairs and deepen his or her acquaintance with the greatest monuments of western civilization. Students will begin in Rome where they will take in the ruins of the imperial city, but also see the Renaissance and Baroque parts including St. Peter's and many of the other churches and piazzas that made this city such a tourist attraction 200 years ago. Students will also spend a day in the artistic capital of Italy, Florence, and another visiting Pompeii and walking to the top of the volcano, Vesuvius, which buried that city in ash in 79 C.E. From the Rome of the popes and emperors students will move to the streets of Samuel Johnson's London. There will also be day tours to Jane Austen's spa town Bath, an aristocratic watering hole, and to the "dreaming spires" of Oxford and Arundel Castle, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Norfolk. Paris will be the last stop on the trip. There will be visits to the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles as well as the older parts of the city near Notre Dame Cathedral.

 

Lee Estes, PhD
Associate Professor of History
(714) 997-6550
estes@chapman.edu

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