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2016 Syllabus (1 document for all options In-class and on-line)



Please work through these activities and e-mail the worksheets ...

Week 9 -Please read Wicked Problems and You!, then fill out Worksheet #1

Week 10 - Spring Break

Week 11- Reasons Civilizations Collapse or Thrive Acitvity - Watch the video below then fillout the worksheet... Please write two page summary of this video with the theme 'Will the USA ever collapse?'

Week 12 - Geoarchaeology of western Sicily, Please read Geoarchaeology of the Chuddia River Valley Western Sicily and fill out Worksheet # 2

Week 13 - Fragility and the Evolution of Humanity - Krista Tippett interviews Xavier Le Pichon Oct. 7, 2010, If you find this Intersting, Click here to learn more! . *You may click and listen on your computer or right click and 'Save Target As' to download the mp3 to your computer... Please write a summery of the interview and pesonal reflection (no more than two pages)

Week 14 - Natural hazards and life on Earth

Week 15 - Civilizations - Past, present and future

Week 16 - The Sicilian Mafia , An Intro. to Italian/Sicilian Soil and Wine (Sicilian Wines)

Week 17 - Finals Week...



Exploring Southern Italy and Sicily

Rick Steves Podcasts : Italy - Italian Cuisine 1 (audio), Italian Cuisine 2 (audio), Pasta 101 (audio) , Rome - Colosseum (audio AND map) , Sistine Chapel (audio AND map) , St. Peters (audio AND map) , Pantheon (audio AND map), Michelangelo in Rome (audio), Rome Beneath the surface (audio)

Getting ready to travel this summer...

Basic packing list and ideas (not complete - Please let me know if you have questions), This is the bag that I use, there are cheaper versions, Electrical adaptor (info) Or the minimum you might need

Handouts for learning Italian numbers and phrases... Page1 , Page 2 , Page 3 , Page 4

Links to explore


Rome -

Trapani - Bed & Breakfast Belveliero , (5 nights)

Catania (new 2016) - Agora Hostel , (2 nights)

Lipari/Canneto - Baia Unici , (6 nights)


Activity websites


A War Diary Soars Over Rome (National Geographic, April 2015)

BBC Historical Research

Roman Emperors

The British Museum

The Vatican






Egadi Islands

La Grotta del Genovese


Aeolian Islands

Stromboli #1

Stromboli #2





A War Diary Soars Over Rome (National Geographic, April 2015)

BBC Historical Research

Roman Emperors

The British Museum

The Vatican


Further reading...

Italian History

Lonely Planet



1968 Earthquake

Erosion post-Roman

Sicily tectonics

The day the Earth shook



Geoarchaeology, What is it, How can it help our own Civilization? Worksheet

Natural Resources, their uses, and implications (Soil) Readings for soil - A. David Montgomery, Graveyard of Empires AND Lester Brown, Plan B 4.0 Mobilizing to Save Civilization (p. 31-32 and 202-206) Soil and Civilizations Worksheet

Natural Resources, their uses, and implications (Water) , there is not enough material for a worksheet... From the video just e-mail me what site are your most excited to visit? Worksheet

The Archaeological Record - Is Humanity capable of learning from past mistakes? Activity - Elymian Iron Age Survival Try this activity with your roomates or a group of friends... Worksheet #6= Turn in a paragraph of the overall results..

Rome We will visit all of the site in this slideshow, Worksheet = pick the site that interests you the most, do a bit of library or on-line research and tell me about it (IN PERSON)