ITA_Taormina_GreekTh_IS_08.jpg, Taormina, Sicily, Italy, volcano, theater
The Greek theater of Taormina with Mt. Etna in the distance

Southern Italy & SicilyA new highlights tour of southern Italy

Explore Italy’s southernmost regions from Sicily to the Amalfi Coast
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Christina Penn-Goetsch
Apr 24 - May 8, 2014
Christina Penn-Goetsch is a professor of art history at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. After earning her B.A. from the University of Virginia, she pursued a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Her doctoral work on the Italian Baroque and convent patronage led her to live in Rome and complete research at the city’s State Archives and the Vatican Secret Archives. Christina teaches courses on the arts of ancient Rome, Africa, and the Italian Renaissance and Baroque, as well as more thematic courses such as “Saints and She-devils: The Image of Woman in the Christian West.” As the director of a pre-architecture curriculum and a faculty member in Cornell’s archaeology program, Christina also focuses many of her courses on urban planning. She comes to Smithsonian Journeys with the experience of regularly introducing students to “The Eternal City” with a study-abroad course examining the city of Rome from Julius Caesar to Mussolini.

With over 20 years of teaching college students and providing lectures at museums and conferences, Penn-Goetsch brings a reputation for organization, a passion for students, and an enthusiasm for the subject matter with her. In a recent review, one of her colleagues describes her as one who “enters the classroom as a swimmer dives into a pool.”

Rafael Chacón
Sep 28 - Oct 12, 2014
H. Rafael Chacón is Professor of Art History and Criticism at The University of Montana-Missoula where he lectures on a broad range of art historical subjects. He received his doctorate in art history with honors from the University of Chicago, having been awarded numerous research fellowships to study in Europe, including an award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture for his dissertation on Michelangelism in renaissance sculpture. He has written on a range of topics related to renaissance and baroque art, both in Europe and in the Americas, most recently focusing on revival style architecture in the U.S. northwest during the late 19th century. Dr. Chacón has led numerous successful travel abroad trips to Italy and has been a speaker for the Smithsonian Journeys program in western, central, and eastern Europe.

John Dobbins
Apr 23 - May 7, 2015
John Dobbins is a field archaeologist who has excavated in Spain, Italy, Greece, and Syria. He specializes in ancient Roman art, archaeology, architecture and urbanism, and he regularly teaches the History of Art I course at the University of Virginia. John holds the posts of the Richard A. & Sara Page Mayo NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Classical Art & Archaeology in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia. He is also director of the Pompeii Forum Project, a project that is rewriting the history of the forum in Pompeii. His 2007 co-edited book, The World of Pompeii, treats all aspects of Pompeian life. Professor Dobbins has over thirty years of experience in teaching on site, and his interests extend far beyond his Roman specialty. Professor Dobbins received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, an M.A. (English Literature) from Boston University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan.