Leadership Italy consists of two graduate-level courses. You may choose to take either one or both of the courses. The courses are hybrid with online components beginning at the start of summer session. When students return home, they continue to complete their reading and reflection papers online.
COML 513 – Renaissance Rhetoric
- Instructor: John Caputo, Ph.D.
Communication and leadership are closely intertwined, whether in our current period of post-modernity or during the European Renaissance. Fifteenth century Italy and Florence in particular, saw a flowering of the arts and scholarship unmatched in history. This can be seen in the rhetoric of art and architecture, religious preaching, political writing and oratory, and in the humanistic philosophy that emerges from it. Whether the fiery oratory of the Dominican Friar Savonarola trying to reform the republic of Florence, the famous letters of St. Catherine of Siena trying to persuade the Pope to repair a schism in the Church, Nicola Machiavelli’s The Prince as a primer on leadership, or Dante’s Inferno which looks at where bad people and bad behavior will lead — all provide an amazing repository of examples of the birth of humanism and its influence on persuasive discourse to lead social progress. This course examines this period through readings, discussions, and on-site visits to historical settings in Florence and Siena in order to formulate the critical questions necessary to bring these ideas to our contemporary world. Using the Italian Renaissance as the canvas we will study multiple examples of rhetoric, both written and visual.
- Explain the role of rhetoric in leadership
- Recognize the multiple artifacts that operate as visual communication and persuasion in Florence, Rome and Siena
- Rhetorically analyze a specific renaissance artifact
- Describe the influence of classical rhetoric in the lives of the leaders in renaissance Italy; and
- Explain the role rhetoric can play in effective leadership in contemporary America
ORGL 510 – Renaissance Leadership for the 21st Century
- Instructor: Michael Carey, Ph.D.
This course provides an examination of Renaissance leadership as it applies to contemporary organizations. Course study is designed for an interdisciplinary group of students to explore the power of Renaissance thinking as it applies to renewal, rediscovery, invention and creativity. This course will help emerging leaders develop new perspectives and strategies to bring health, creativity and energy to their organizations. Learners will draw upon the creative processes of artists—painters, architects, musicians, and writers–and apply the same dynamics of creative thinking to the practical work of leaders in today’s organizations. Special emphasis will be given to the artists of the Italian Renaissance, especially as developed in the city of Florence.
- Explain the dynamics involved in the creative process, especially as illustrated by the Italian Renaissance
- Apply these dynamics to leadership in contemporary organizations
- Draw upon an inter-disciplinary network of colleagues to process an integrative approach to the art of leadership
A typical class day:
- Class session - 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
- Caffe discussion – 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
- Class sessions II - 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Free time - 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
- Afternoon excursions - 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.