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Treasures of Classical Rome and Naples, May 21-31, 2000 Triumphal arches, colossal temples, elaborately frescoed villas, and miles of stone-paved roads all attest to wealth and culture of the center of both modern and ancient Italy. Splendid villas along the coast south of Rome and around the bay of Naples offered a pleasurable country escape from the intrigues of the capital, and many bustling towns prospered there until the famous volcanic eruptions of Vesuvius, which froze Herculaneum and Pompeii forever in 79 AD.

We are pleased to invite you on a fascinating exploration of southern Italy with Daniele Struppa, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Carol Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History, after the graduation celebrations of the Class of 2000. You'll see the great sites of Rome: the Forum and Palatine Hill, the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, and the Pantheon. You'll explore the city of Naples, visit the epic excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum, and the temples at Paestum. And this is just the beginning.

To learn more about this wonderful trip, please call Academic Travel Abroad, 1-800-556-7896.

The Graduate Creative Writing Alumni Chapter is participating in the literary festival Fall for the Book September 23-25, 1999. Cosponsored by George Mason University and the City of Fairfax, the festival features readings, panel discussions, performances, and exhibits appealing to the entire family. Most of the events on Friday, September 24, take place on the Fairfax Campus, where Creative writing alumni will be reading with current M.F.A. students at 5 p.m.

A Day at the Races
Alumni enjoy the annual hospitality tent hosted by the Alumni Association at the Virginia Gold Cup Races on May 1, 1999.
The festival also features readings/presentations by poet Forrest Gander, author Deborah Tannen, radio personality Diane Rehm, Newsweek writer David Kaplan, and novelist Elizabeth Berg. the festival is coordinated by alumna Rebecca Hoyt, M.F.A. '99. For the most up-to-date listing of events, consult the festival website at or call (703) 279-3326.

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