TRACE Summer in Italy Program – May 14 to June 9, 2020
Spend four weeks in Italy to earn an experiential learning Certificate in Ethics with a focus in Bioethics, Medicine & the Humanities.
The four-week program is a unique cross-university program abroad open to all members of the Emory at large community: students at all levels of study, alums, faculty, staff, administrators. The Summer in Italy program travels to over 30 different cities, visiting over 70 cultural sites, experienced through an interdisciplinary immersion in the art, culture, politics, religion, philosophy, and medicine of Western culture and history.
Participants engage in cross-disciplinary inquiry with an array of faculty scholars from Emory as well as established local and international professionals. Engaging scholars in settings ranging from museums to historical orphanages to palaces to countryside allows for a transformative, place-based, experiential learning opportunity. The course also challenges students to think through enduring ethical principles, to develop critical thinking, and, through their own digital scholarship, to contribute to our general repository of knowledge.
The course incorporates an additional integrated theme of Medicine, Compassion, and the Arts. Students explore the history of Western medical treatment, ethics, and philosophy through engaged learning, such as visiting Santa Maria Nuova in Florence, the oldest continuously operating hospital in the world, or taking a walking tour of indigenous medicine plants in the Italian countryside. The course allows a deep exploration of bioethical themes that underlie our sense of life and death, sickness, suffering, and healing, and themes like justice, good governance, and equitable engagement in our societies.
This summer program in Italy is absolutely one of a kind, an intense and authentic immersion into the ethical underpinnings of Western culture. This program provides an experience that deeply impresses and academically benefits the participants by the quality, depth, and even beauty of the way the course is designed and implemented. The program offers pause to think, connect, discuss and think more, for 28 days, an opportunity rarely afforded by the regular academic calendar. This memorable journey of knowledge is one you will remember for a lifetime.
The Summer in Italy program and TRACE are run under the auspices of the Emory Center for Ethics, among the most prominent and well-known centers of its kind in the world. The Center’s unique scholarly and programmatic offerings range from explorations of medicine and life science to a unique Ethics & the Arts program, to the Ethics and Servant Leadership program, to work with corporate and not-for-profit organizations and boards. Learn more about the Center for Ethics by clicking here.
It’s going to be so difficult to say goodbye to our little community – because that’s what we are. We’ve bonded over sleep deprivation and long bus trips, plagues and mistranslations, getting lost together. Only we are the ones who will ever understand the transformations that happened here.
Throughout my grad program, I’ve been thinking more and more about wanting to teach ethics to medical and other health students. Seeing my classmates engaged in ethical discussions has solidified this professional goal.