Yes, I do have class

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

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5 thoughts on “Yes, I do have class

  1. Nicole

    Steph, it sounds like your classes are absolutely amazing! I wish I was having as easy of a quarter as you are. But I am happy you are having a great time and learning so much! Want to trade places?! I could use a break from all of my Spanish!

  2. Poppy & Grandma

    I’m sure that Florence will be one of the highlights of your trip to Europe. If your time allows, see the real statue of David inside the nearby museum. Enjoy the art, architecture and setting of this celebrated city. What fabulous opportunities you and your classmates are being afforded! What could be a better place to study Italy than from within!

  3. Grammy

    Very interesting. Have a great time in Florence soaking up all that beautiful art. I wonder how the food selections will differ from Rome.

  4. D

    Glad to hear it :)
    Leonardo will be the most cultured and educated sloth ever! He appears to be soaking it all in – he is awesome. Enjoy Florence this weekend. Oh … and have some more Gelato!

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