SMU-in-Italy: Language, Arts, and Culture is a 5-week summer program located in the beautiful medieval hill town of Orvieto in Umbria. Students are introduced to Italian visual arts and their integral role in politics, religion, and urban life through a broad span of cultural history. Central to this mission is the encouragement of intelligent, critical observation and insightful communication.
The archaeological sites, museums, villas, and churches of Italy serve as living classrooms in which students learn through first-hand experiences of Italian art, language, and culture. From the program base in Orvieto, we make excursions to spectacular cities such as Pompeii, Siena, Florence, Venice, and Rome. Program leaders: Kathy Windrow, Brandy Alvarez, Giles Knox, and Robert Vander Poppen.