Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Philip Egan

Second Advisor

Becky Cooper

Third Advisor

Scott Friesner


Recent College graduate, Silvie, is visiting her good friend Maddie in Rome in an attempt to put off making any major life decisions. Outside of the Coliseum she meets Giorgio, a charming American living an ideal life in Rome, and Michele De Luca, a mysterious and intelligent professor. As Giorgio plays the role of tour guide, showing Silvie around Rome, De Luca becomes a mentor for her. Silvie is a young, modern American living in the old world, and these contrasting cultures lead to detailed and insightful observations. Through her travel experiences and the relationships formed with each character, Sylvie learns a bit about the world around her, and a bit about herself.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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