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The most recent newsletters for the Department of Humanities & Cultural Studies are available below. If you want to contribute a story to a future newsletter, please contact Dr. Christie Rinck at

Spring 2016 Newsletter
Fall 2015 Newsletter
Spring 2015 Newsletter

Spring Break in Florence 2014

March 1 - 8, 2015: The Florentine Renaissance, HUM 4938 (3 credits, repeatable with change in content). Graduate credit also available.

During Spring Break, 2015, Dr. Silvio Gaggi will teach a course in Florence, Italy, where the European Renaissance began. Although visual arts will be emphasized, selected writings will present an overview of the diversity of ideas and concerns among Renaissance thinkers. Major issues treated will include Humanism and the accelerated study of classical art and writing; Neoplatonism and Christianity; science, realism, and the study of nature; and the idea of the “Renaissance Man.” Included will be a discussion of the Medici, their rise to wealth and power, and their support of the arts and humanistic education. Works and ideas will be introduced in a traditional class setting, followed by visits to museums, churches, and other architectural works, providing students with a firsthand experience of the most important works of the early Renaissance.

Faculty Contact: Dr. Silvio Gaggi. (813), HCS, (813) 495-4088;
Administrative Contact: Mr. James Pulos, Education Abroad, (813) 974-4043;

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