RILA - Rome Institute of Liberal Arts


     For centuries, a journey through Italy was thought of as a natural complement to a liberal education. Revisiting the ancient, medieval, and renaissance art and architecture offered young people a sense of the depth and the grandeur of the past that was being eclipsed by the more fair-minded, but smaller world of egalitarian modernity. Both its ruins and its life made Italy a privileged vantage point from which to contemplate the virtues and the vices of the modern world. Modern thinkers of no less stature than Goethe, Shelley, Keats, Byron, Stendhal, Burckhardt, Wagner, George Eliot, Henry James, Nietzsche, Mann, Joyce, Pound, and T.S. Eliot all found study in Italy congenial to their spirits and essential to their work.



     RILA offers undergraduate interdisciplinary courses on great books while exploring the art and architecture of Rome in order to articulate fundamental questions across disciplines.
RILA's classrooms are located in an historic building in the center of Rome. Discussion based classes on philosophy, literature, and history are designed together with excursions led by art historians and classicists through Italy's artistic heritage.
Our faculty and advisory committee combines professors from the very best American universities and college core text programs with important Italian art historians and cultural managers.