For today’s post I would like to talk about the classes I am taking while abroad. Although it may not seem like it, I do in fact attend classes! Monday-Wednesday our group has class about the history of ancient empires in Europe. Since we are in Rome, we are currently learning about the Roman Empire. We have learned about the various emperors, the layout of the empire, the customs of the citizens, and much more. The most interesting thing I have learned thus far is how segregated daily life was in the Empire by class. Your perceived importance determined how you ate, where you lived, where you sat for sporting events, who you associated with, etc. Once your family was determined to be in a specific social class, it was almost impossible to change that for future generations.
On Thursday we have a completely different activity involving the social injustice of the Roma people. The Roma people have been discriminated against for hundreds of years. Today, they are put in ‘camps’ where they live as a community because the Italian government will not give them public housing. There are many parallels between the Roma and the Native Americans in the U.S. In class we meet with young Roma teenagers to work on photography projects with them. It is interesting to hear about their lives and work with the language barrier.
Early tomorrow morning (7 a.m my time) I will leave to travel to Florence with a group of people from my program. I’m so excited to see another part of Italy!
Arrivederci for now