11/13/2008 Staff

Summer Programs Focus on Culture, Language



		Students dine with the Lerners (at head of table) in Vicchio di Mugello.

	  Students dine with the Lerners (at head of table) in Vicchio di Mugello.  

	Last year's participants visited Pisa. Last year's participants visited Pisa.

Imagine it: Summer in Tuscany.

The sun. The rolling hills. Visiting churches, museum and archaeological ruins. Intermediate and advanced Italian courses.

Why not spend part of the summer studying Italian in Italy? Franklin & Marshall College offers a five-and-a-half week, faculty-led program from June 3 to July 10 in Vicchio di Mugello, a charming Tuscan village just 50 minutes by train from Florence.

It’s one of several faculty-led programs F&M offers in Europe, Asia and Central America.

“For some students, a full semester abroad is a greater commitment than they are able or willing to make,” said Giovanna Faleschini Lerner, assistant professor of Italian, who co-leads the program with her husband, Scott Lerner, associate professor of French and Italian.

The program in Vicchio is an intensive language and culture immersion program. Students can fulfill the language requirement while gaining a deeper cultural understanding of Italy. The classes will be taught by the Lerners, who know Vicchio well.

“Students speak Italian not only during class but also with local people,” Faleschini Lerner said. “Unlike big Italian cities, crowded with tourists, Vicchio gives students the opportunity to live and become integrated in the local community and learn a lot about the Italian way of life.”

Florence, the city of Leonardo di Vinci, Machiavelli and Michelangelo, is a short train ride away. “Vicchio can be an excellent point of departure for independent exploration of Italy, which is absolutely encouraged,” Faleschini Lerner said.

The deadline to sign up for the Vicchio program is fast approaching. Interested students must register by Dec. 1. For more information visit the Italian Department.

This summer, Franklin & Marshall also offers these faculty-led programs:

  • The Poggio Colla Archaeological Field School, located near Vicchio di Mugello, led by Provost Ann Steiner and Gretchen Meyers, assistant professor of Classics. An information session is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ware College House Great Room. Deadline for registration is Dec. 19. For more information contact the Classics Department.

  • The Japan Study Program offers three weeks of Japanese language and cultural studies and two weeks of traveling. For more information, contact Professor Curt Bentzel.

  • An introduction to Ancient Greece that combines a week of coursework at F&M with two weeks of intensive travel in Greece led by Shawn O’Bryhim, associate professor of Classics, and Athanassios Vergados, visiting assistant professor of Classics. Students will visit Athenian Acropolis, Apollo’s shrine at Delphi, Mycenae, Olympia and Delos. The deadline to register is Dec. 15. For more information visit the Classics Department.

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