Queens College, CUNY is sponsoring a four week study abroad course in Rome, Italy. Students will play the The Trial of Galileo: Aristotelianism, the "New Cosmology," and the Catholic Church, 1616-33. During this 3-credit course, students will study the history of the Scientific Revolution by examining the impact of Galileo's teachings about the cosmos in the first decades of the 17th century. Debates will be held "in" the historical moment of Galileo's trial, in the city where it took place; the new science, as brillantly propounded by Galileo, will collide with the cosmology of Aristotle, Aquinas, and medieval Scholasticism embraced by the Church at that time.
Some of the highlights in Rome will be visits to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel as well as the Pantheon and Santa Maria sopra Minerva, the church where Galileo was forced to recant his views on the motion of the Earth in 1633. Students will also visit the city's main historical sites - the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiori, and the Roman Forum. There's even a planned weekend excursion to Florence!
The program is open to all undergraduate students. The application deadline is April 8, 2013. For more information please visit the Queens College Study Abroad website.