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J-Term in Rome

Dates: January 5-16, 2015
Location: Rome, Italy
Course: 59-4150J / 5150J (Topics in Writing Abroad: Rome)
Instructor: Randy Albers
Course Description: This J-session course offers an intensive two-week immersion in Rome's literature, art, history, and culture. Students read fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by noted authors; visit major sites, including the Colosseum, Vatican, Roman Forum, Pompeii, churches, museums and places associated with noted authors; and participate in writing workshops at Lorenzo d' Medici. Journal entries and reading responses lead to an extended story, essay, or digital project, which may be done in collaboration with students from the Business and Entrepreneurship Department (please see course description below).

This Course Applies to the Spring Schedule. Open to All Students at Columbia College Chicago and students from other colleges and universities.

J-Term Study in Rome is open to all students at Columbia College Chicago, and students from other colleges and universities.

(Please note: Students from other universities must register as a Columbia Student at Large.)

Contact Hours: 45-50 (5-7 hours of classroom/field study per day).
Credit Hours: The course is offered for three (3) credit hours for both undergrads and grads, with more demand for grads. Four credit hours can be arranged, requiring extra writing, or possible research, heading towards a published piece.
Tuition: Included in Spring 2013 schedule.
Fees: Approx. $2000, including $750 deposit.
Financial Aid: Spring aid applies to tuition and fees for the program.
Other Costs: Students are responsible for airfare (approx. $1100), meals, and incidentals. 

Required Forms
Interest sheet [download]
Consent forms [Affidavit, Acknowledgement of Risks]

Informational Meetings
To be announced. Please check back.

Important Dates
Starting September 2014: $750 deposits collected.

Please go to the cashier, 3rd floor, 600 S. Michigan. Specify to the cashier that you are making a deposit for "Rome Program, Fiction Writing (or AEMM)." Please bring receipt to the Department of Creative Writing office (1200, 624 S. Michigan) to have a copy made for our records. Students may also pay their deposits online at: https://quikpayasp.com/colum/commerce_manager/payer.do?orderType=IP_deposit. Scroll down to find the "Rome" program. The rest of your fees and tuition will be billed to your CCC account.

November 3, 2014: Early Spring and J-term registration begins.

Students must register for the class during November 4-8, 2013

November 14, 2014: 

$750 deposits and registrations are due to ensure your place in the program.

Application materials due. Housing form, consent forms (2), passport copy, flight itinerary

November 28, 2014: Please be sure to arrange your travel to arrive in Rome on January 4, 2014.

Note: Please do not book travel without approval to proceed by Randy Albers or Bob Blandford.

For more information, please contact Randy Albers at ralbers@colum.edu or 312-369-7616.

Session fees cover LdM course fees, housing (includes breakfast), cell phones, day trip to Pompeii (transportation, ticket, guided tour, and lunch), Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, Fondacione Soerella Fontana (guided visit), Rome tourist sites (Coliseum, Capitoline Hill, Roman Forum, etc.), opening and closing dinner, printing, and mandatory Columbia med/health insurance.

In the unlikely event of program cancelation, deposits will be fully refunded.  Other cancelations are 50% refundable before November 14, 2014. Students are responsible for arranging their own travel. Students may arrive early/stay on later as long as they report to the program on January 4, 2015 and stay until January 17, 2015.

AEMM Course Information
Course: 28-4178J/28-5178J (Special Topics - Exhibition Management: International Perspectives)
Credit Hours: Three (3) credit hours for both undergrads and grads
Instructor: Robert Blandford
Course Description: Students will investigate exhibitions in museums, commercial galleries, and cultural sites in and around Rome. Through first-hand observation, research, and reflection, students will analyze differing approaches to curatorial direction, exhibition design and production, interpretative methodologies, use of technology, and marketing and communication strategies. Particular attention will be paid to developing exhibitions for multinational, multicultural, and multilingual audiences as well as similarities and differences to American exhibition models.

Site visits include museums such as the Vatican Museum, Capitoline Museum, Borghese, Gallery Maxxi (designed by Zaha Hadid), the National Museum of Art from the 21st century, Macro: Museum of Contemporary Art; cultural sites including the Roman Forum, Pompeii, churches and historic sites; and leading commercial galleries.

Resources/Other Information
International Programs

Recommendations for everyday meals
Bar Carlino: pasta or salad or second course + water/soft drink: €7
Bar Borromini: pasta + water/soft drink: €6
Tavola Calda Mozzarella e Pachino: pasta + soft drink: €3,5 (most popular choice among students)

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