Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 4, 2005) - Two John Brown University professors and six students will travel to Rome, Italy over spring break from March 17-24. The group will spend five days touring the city and one day in Florence. The trip is offered to students taking Roman Empire and Renaissance European History classes this semester. “The best thing about going to a city like Rome is being able to have the textbook right in front of you,” Scott Jones, assistant professor of political science said. “I am looking forward to having the students’ history books come alive for them so that they actually get to experience the concepts on the page.” The students participating in the trip are excited about of their upcoming journey. A hands-on experience of the culture that has shaped today’s Western culture will give students a more complete understanding of what they are learning in class. “It could be said that Rome was the center of Western Civilization for almost 1,500 years, first politically, and later, religiously,” said freshman Daniel Allen. “So to understand my cultural tradition, a trip to Rome is invaluable. I am especially looking forward to seeing some of the most famous and inspirational works of art of all time, such as Michelangelo’s painting in the Sistine Chapel and his statue of David.” The trip costs approximately $1,250 per student. JBU will also help with funds because the trip is academic, and students will pay the remainder since they believe the experience is worth the cost. “How often in my life am I going to get to hang out in the seat of western civilization with a bunch of college kids and very little money?” said sophomore Amy vanEttinger in JBU’s Threefold Advocate. “I feel like I’ve been reading commentary about Rome my whole life, and now I’m going to have a conversation with it.” John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 39 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.