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FAU Offers Full Semester Study Abroad Program in Rome for Graduate Students

            BOCA RATON (April 8, 2008) Florida Atlantic University’s Comparative Studies Ph.D. Program recently announced the establishment of a new full semester study abroad program in Rome for graduate students. The program, which will begin in the Fall of 2008, is open to all FAU graduate students and all other qualified graduate students.   Courses will include “Great Italian Thinkers,” “The Philosophy of Italian Neorealist Cinema,” and a research in residence course which will involve helping to organize a conference at the University of Rome and the University of Pisa.   There will also be excursions to the Tuscan Hills and Cinque Terre offered on the weekends.

Students will study under the direction of Anna Camaiti Hostert, FAU visiting professor of comparative studies and philosophy, at the Centro Studi Americani (the Center for American Studies), which is located in the heart of old Rome.   The center offers students library access to selected libraries across Rome, internet access and study halls.   Students can also attend occasional lectures at the center, as well as mingle with other visiting scholars in residence.           

            “The Graduate Fall Semester in Rome is the first study abroad program of its kind in the Florida State University System and one of the few programs of its kind in the entire country,” said Hostert.  “The program offers graduate students a unique opportunity to study with an internationally renowned scholar in the fields of philosophy and visual studies for an entire semester.”

Hostert received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pisa and her Ph.D. in Italian literature and film from the University of Chicago.  She has taught at Loyola University of Chicago, the Loyola University Rome Center, the University of Illinois, the University of Southern California, New York University, and the University of Rome “La Sapienza.”  Hostert also served as acting associate academic dean at the Loyola University Rome Center.  She has published eight books, the most recent of which is Passing: A Strategy to Dissolve Identities and Remap Difference, translated from the Italian version and published by Farleigh-Dickinson Press in 2007.  Hostert also contributes regular articles to the Italian press and is the author and host of the TV program Metix for RAISat (Radiotelevisione Italiana Satellite), which began airing in October 2005.  She is currently the Lifelong Learning Society Visiting Professor in the department of philosophy, in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, where she is teaching a graduate course on “Philosophy and Film.”

The new program is part of FAU’s response to a growing interest in providing opportunities for studies overseas.   For further information on fees and application deadlines, contact the FAU office of international programs at 561-297-3282.

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