Sarofim School of Fine Arts

2014 May-term Course Offered in Stabiae

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SU faculty members Thomas Howe, Pam Haskell, and Hal Haskell lead coursework in Italy.

Two Courses on Roman art and Roman literature, offered at the Vesuvian
Institute of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation on the Bay of Naples,
4 km. from Pompeii

May 18-June 8, 2014.

The program will consist of the two courses, which will run concurrently.
(Students may take only one.) The subject matter also covers approximately
the same period. The courses make extensive use of the great museums and
archaeological sites in the area, as well as special access gained through the
Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation, a major archaeological and research

71-444 Hellenistic and Roman Republican Art (Prof. Thomas Howe),
covers the period from c. 450 B.C. (High Classical/Parthenonian Greece) to
early first century A.D. (Augustan and early Imperial Rome). It studies the
formation of Roman art as an integral part of the cosmopolitan Hellenistic
world. (FAL, WA, Paideia cluster: Mediterranean Minglings)


14-304 Classical literature in Context (Profs. Hal and Pam Haskell
covers approximately the same period (second century B.C. through c. A.D.
100) through the lens of original Latin texts and actual topography. Offered
concurrently in two versions - one with students reading texts in the
original, the other in translation (H, IP, WA, Paideia cluster: Mediterranean

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Application deadline for all SU May-term Study abroad: Feb. 1, 2014.


Short Syllabus, 71-444, Hellenistic and Roman Republican Art, Prof. T.N. Howe

Sunday: arrival and airport/train station pickup.

First week: “Classical/Early Hellenistic” Napoli)
• Visit Stabiae
• Visit MANN (Naples Museum, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli)
• Saturday daytrip: Paestum, Boscoreale

Second week: “Later Hellenistic, Roman infrastructure”
• visit Pompeii
• visit MANN


• Overnight two nights in Rome

Third week: Late Republic
• visit Herculaneum, Oplontis,
• visit Stabiae again, Sorrento, Villa of Pollio Felix

Departure, Saturday: Airport/train station transfer


Short Syllabus, 14-304 Latin Literature in Context, Profs. H. and P. Haskell:

Sunday: arrival and airport/train station pickup.

First Week: Emerging Roman taste
• Stabiae
• Saturday trip: Visit Paestum, Boscoreale

Second Week: Imperial Rome
• visit MANN (Naples Museum, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli)

Overnight two nights Rome, Palatine, Vatican Museums, Domus Aurea.

Third week: Campania
• exam
• visit Herculaneum, Oplontis,
• visit Stabiae again, Sorrento, Villa of Pollio Felix (half-day bus trip, no

Departure, Saturday: Airport/train station transfer


Students and faculty will be housed at the Vesuvian Institute. The Institute provides a complete housing environment with some 90 rooms with private bath, including larger suites for faculty, stunning views of the Bay of Naples or mountains of the Sorrento/Amalfi peninsula, full mensa (dining hall and kitchen) with
genuinely Italian, not Americanized-Italian, cuisine; secured perimeter and 24-hour portiniera (gate guard), coin-operated laundry facilities, free internet wireless, and numerous study spaces scattered throughout the facility.

There are also a small proscenium theater and a large lecture hall (capacity c. 250 each), some 8 classrooms, private fenced secure grounds and a large sports grounds.
Wireless internet has been expanded to most of the building, including classrooms, and the Institute is steadily increasing bandwidth.

The Institute is situated on a cliff directly over the Circumvesuviana commuter rail to Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum and other locations, and directly over the center of the town of Castellammare di Stabia. The Institute’s vans can be reserved for pickup at the Naples airport or train station.

Although there are enough staff who speak English, most staff do not speak English and residence there is a thoroughly Italian experience for the students. The core of the staff has been inherited from the Padri Salesiani, and they have continued their mission of warm hospitality and service. The building is run by a retired professional hotel manager from Sorrento.

Located in Campania about 40 minutes south of central Naples by commuter train (€2.50), the town occupies the waterfront and a small plateau at the base of Monte Faito. To the west of Castellammare, the Sorrentine Peninsula juts into the Mediteranean, with Sorrento just a few minutes away by train. The famous seaside
towns of Amalfi and Postiano are located on the other side of the peninsula. The luxurious island of Capri is offshore and reachable by ferry from Castellammare and Sorrento. Mount Vesuvius is to the North and Castellammare is approximately three miles from the town and ruins of Pompei.


Castellammare di Stabia is a working class town, not a tourist town, with a strong Neapolitan character. It is connected to the transit network of Campania by both the Italian national railway “Ferrovie dello Stato” and the private Circumvesuviana commuter rail.

The services which the Vesuvian Institute provides include:

• Orientation, including issues of safety and finance, Prof. Howe
• Room and board, full pension 19 days, double accommodation, private bath, linen service.
• Airport transfer on arrival and departure
• Excursions, with group or bag lunches, if required, including admission and transport costs. Accompaniment if desired.
     o Stabiae
     o Stabiae and Sorrento, Villa of Pollio Felix
     o MANN (twice)
     o Pompeii
     o Herculaneum, Boscoreale and Oplontis
     o Paestum
• A weekend overnight in Rome (two nights), including transportation to and within Rome, all meals, admission fees.
     o Hotel double accommodation for students
     o Hotel single accommodation for faculty, with breakfast
     o Three group lunches
     o Two group dinners
     o Forum, Vatican and Capitoline museums
• 24 hour security on site
• 24/7 on site resident academic manager and emergency assistance in English
• Comprehensive travel insurance
• Free Wifi, service SHDSL 8 MB.
• Free loan of cell phones, availability of Italian SIM cards. Calls on these phones to V.I. staff and emergency numbers are free; students pay for other calls.
• Assistance with management, including bus hire, arrangement of lecture-consultants, if desired (at extra cost), assistance with requesting special permissions on archaeological sites to qualified individuals or groups.
• A student handbook with information on emergency contacts and procedures, general information on finances, living details, risks.

To be determined, tentative cost available on request.


The Vesuvian Institute is an arm of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation,
launched in 1998 and incorporated as an innovative non-profit international cultural
foundation in Italy in 2002. It has board representation from the Superintendancy of
Archaeology of Pompei, the local group called the Committee of Stabiae Reborn and the School of Architecture of the University of Maryland. Its principal mission is the creation and long-term maintenance of the archaeological park on the site of the enormous ancient Roman seaside villas of Stabiae. Major excavations began in 2007 and are now ongoing. The Foundation took possession and management of a former Salesian college, and its staff, as the Vesuvian International Institute of Archaeology and the Humanities in 2007, making it the first large international humanities and arts research institute in Italy south of Rome.

Prof. Thomas Howe is the Coordinatore Generale of the Foundation (director for
archaeology, master planning and academic programs). He has a B.A. from Lawrence
University in German literature and philosophy, studied architecture at Harvard and got
an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard in Fine Arts (ancient Greek and Roman architecture). He has run large international excavations (Sardis, Turkey; Wiltshire, Britain; Rome, Italy) and has directed the archaeological research, academic programs and master-planning for this project for twelve years. He is professor and chair of art history at Southwestern. He has considerable expertise in dealing with aspects of South Italian culture, language, law and business.

The Profs. Haskell (Pam and Hal) have considerable foreign management experience,
having directed study/travel/archaeological programs in Greece and Turkey, and Hal
having served as administrative officer of the American School of Classical Studies in
Athens, which involved major management responsibilities, including legal, diplomatic,
etc. Prof. H. Haskell is chair of Classics at Southwestern.

Contacts in Italy:

Dott. Giovanni Iovino, General Manager
Mobile 334 3047254
Via Salario,12 Castellammare di
Stabia 80053 Napoli
Uffici +39 081 8717114
Fax +39 081 8715260


Dott.ssa Nicoletta Valanzano, Academic program coordinator
Vesuvian Institute
Tel. +39 081/8717114
Fax: +39 081/8715260

Dott. Giovanni Iovino is a formerly retired former hotel manager with decades of
experience of managing high-end hotels in nearby Sorrento. He has been managing
the Institute for over three years and has been tirelessly improving the services and
infrastructure, adapting it to American and international academic standards.

Dott.ssa Nicoletta Valanzano is fluent in English has a degree in international relations
from the Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” and is partly educated in the
United States. She has been working at the RAS Foundation for several years and now
has some two years of experience in managing academic groups from the U.S., including full semester programs and multi-week programs. She is a native of Castellammare.