Leading Students to Italy

A Pre-Conference Practicum

With Grant Horner

Tuesday, June 15, 1:00-9:00PM


I receive many, many requests from classical educators to advise them on how to design and lead a trip to Italy for their students. I am often asked to lead school trips myself—but my schedule rarely allows for that. I have been to Italy 26 times with classical high schoolers and college students; I designed the Trinity Classical Academy Senior Trip and have run it every year since 2012 (from 12 to 54 people) and I am the Founder and Director of the Master’s University in Italy program: https://www.masters.edu/italy. I live in Florence for most of the summer and have extensive knowledge of everything from booking flights to studying frescoes.

We will spend the day learning about the value of these types of voyages, and walking through the planning, logistics, and leading of a student trip to Italy, as well as how to create a dynamic and effective academic and spiritual strategy with deep pedagogical purpose and lasting effects.

Topics will include:

  • Why go to Italy?
  • Logistics at School: How to plan, market, and book your Italian adventure
  • Logistics in Italy: How to maximize your time, plan for flexibility, and provide a great academic adventure
  • Solving Problems on the Go: Travel concerns, language and culture differences, insurance, nudity in art, the alcohol issue, behavioral and disciplinary situations…and more
  • Maximizing the academic and spiritual impact of your time in Italy
  • Questions and workshopping

Grant Horner is professor of Renaissance and Reformation studies at The Master’s University. He is the Founder and Director of The Master’s University in Italy Program, a six-week summer intensive study abroad semester. Students live in an ancient villa in the city that was the birthplace of the modern world in the Renaissance: beautiful Florence. We also spend time in Rome and Venice. A variety of Humanities courses revolve around the Renaissance Humanist’s question ‘quid est homo?’—‘what is man?’ We examine the basis for studying the Humanities and explore what it means to be human. http://www.masters.edu/italy

Horner designed the original Humanities program in the Rhetoric School at Trinity Classical Academy, one of the fastest-growing classical Christian schools in the nation, and served as Chair for several years. He continues to mentor the teachers at Trinity.

Horner was named “Professor of the Year” in May 2001, his second year at The Master’s University, and again in 2007. He speaks regularly in a number of venues including national radio, particularly on current theological trends, philosophy and popular culture. He has spoken to Berkeley students on Christianity and popular culture, was invited to give the endowed Kegel Lecture at Caltech on representations of human consciousness in philosophy and art, and speaks regularly on the radio and television with over 100 appearances to date. He and his wife, Joanne, have three children: Seth, Josiah and Rachel, and several grandchildren, and they live in Santa Clarita, California.