"It's a long way from Hamilton," said Katy Graf '05 while perched on a slab of
rock with a fellow student. The Venice Study Group has just polished off a bag
lunch in the remnants of a more than 2000-year-old Pompeiian park in the shadow
of Mount Vesuvius.
Ross Ferlito, professor of romance languages and literatures, emeritus,
leads the group, who traveled to southern Italy to witness firsthand the
legendary city frozen in time underneath a pyroclastic eruption by Mount
Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
Colgate University offers a wide variety of off-campus programs both
international and domestic. This study group, affiliated with the University of
Venice, is intended for students who have demonstrated an academic interest in
classic studies and archaeology, Italian language and literature, art history,
music, and medieval and Renaissance history.
Ferlito, who has escorted six study groups to Venice and organized the field
trip to Pompeii with an Italian archaeologist, said he hopes to "give the
students direct contact with the heritage of Italy and thereby a greater sense
of the development of western civilization and (to) learn more about themselves
by living in a different milieu. I've accompanied groups with four different
archaeologists, and the sixth time was just as interesting as the first."