You are invited to join us in an exploration of two sister islands:
Sicily, or "Persephone's lsland "to the Greeks, and Malta, thought to be the "navel of the sea" in Homer's Odyssey. Their position in the center of the Mediterranean brought invasions by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Germans, and Spanish (Sicily), and English (Malta), who affected architecture, cuisine, and languages in different ways.
We will cross Sicily from Palermo to Catania, observing Norman and Arabic influences, Roman mosaics, and Greek temples, situated in a stunning landscape skirted by the sea. In Malta, smaller but equally powerful, we will discover an amazing sweep of history, from Neolithic temples (older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids) to the extensive fortifications and buildings of the Knights of Malta and later the British. During World War II, Malta was the most heavily bombed place on earth, narrowly escaping occupation by the Axis. It was from Malta, that Eisenhower launched the American invasion of Sicily. Through visits and discussions we will discover the importance of these islands and reflect on their similarities and differences.
Luther has a strong connection with Malta, due to Dr. Warren Berg, who as a Luther professor of Economics, Accounting, and Management, taught at the Royal University of Malta as a Fullbright scholar, which resulted in a flow of Maltese students to Luther. A reception with Maltese Luther alumni is being planned during our stay in Valletta.
Ruth Caldwell and Uwe Rudolf are emeriti Luther professors who have traveled extensively throughout Sicily and Malta. Ruth taught French and Italian, directed Luther's Malta program in 2003, and has led students and others on trips to Sicily. Uwe taught accounting and international management and is currently updating the Historical Dictionary of Malta, which he co-authored with Dr. Warren Berg, the founder of Luther's special connection to Malta.