The summer of 2010 included an international travel opportunity for “K” alumni to connect with one another in a learning setting reminiscent of study abroad. The Vergilian Society invited Kalamazoo College alumni to join its 2010 Summer Study Program for a trip to the Bay of Naples in Italy. The tour – The Archaeology of Identity in Coastal Campania: How Ancient Italians and Greeks Became Romans on the Bay of Naples – was co-led by Anne Haeckl, Kalamazoo College instructor in classics. Tour participants explored the full spectrum of Roman self-representation (ethnic, social, political, artistic, religious and individual) and learned first-hand how the Roman lifestyle on the Bay of Naples was globalized.
“K” alumni who participated in the tour shared their enthusiasm for the trip. One wrote the trip was “a superb, in-depth tour, and marked not only by the skill of the two guides, but also by an unusually bright and interested group of participants. It would be hard to top this. I would certainly be delighted to sign up for such a tour again.”
The study tour provided many cross-generational connections. Current student, Seth Hanna ’12 joined alumni Elizabeth Platte ‘07, Elizabeth Boody ’02, Girts
"... the trip was a superb, in-depth tour ..."Lorencis ’69, Veronica Hubbard ’82 and Dr. Haeckl. The group is pictured in the Roman theater at Saepinum.
The Vergilian Society has invited Dr. Anne Haeckl and her fellow guide, Chris Gregg, to direct another study tour in July/August 2012. The Office of Alumni Relations hopes to once again partner with The Vergilian Society to offer this archaeological adventure in lifelong learning to our entire college community —alumni, students, faculty and staff!