Your Team of Leaders
John Skillen, PhD
Dr. John Skillen (PhD, Duke University) directs the Studio for Art, Faith and History while serving as a senior advisor in Gordon College’s Global Education Office. He was the medieval and Renaissance literature specialist in Gordon’s English department for many years before starting the semester program in Orvieto in 1998, serving as its director until 2009. The program has hosted over 600 students from 25 institutions. Skillen established the Studio for Art, Faith and History to develop special projects that offer creative contemporary responses to pre-modern traditions in the visual and performing arts, and to develop educational programs for high school students, graduate students, and adult learners.
Christopher Perrin, PhD
Publisher & CEO, Classical Academic Press
Dr. Christopher Perrin is the Publisher and Consultant with Classical Academic Press, the Director of the Alcuin Fellowship of educators, and a board member with the Society for Classical Learning. Christopher has led two previous trips of high school students in Orvieto and assisted with two trips for college students. Christopher is the author of several books on classical education (An Introduction to Classical Education, Latin for Children, Greek for Children), speaks regularly at conferences throughout the nation, and trains teachers and leaders on regular consultation visits to classical schools.
Christine Perrin, MFA
Student Program Director
Christine Perrin is the Director of Writing Instruction at Messiah College, where she also teaches literature and poetry. She has taught poetry in Orvieto regularly over the past ten years as part of the Gordon in Orvieto Program, and has also been a regular teacher of poetry and literature at classical schools. She frequently speaks at classical conferences, including the Society for Classical Learning, the Circe Conference, and the Association for Classical and Christian Schools conference. Christine is the author of Art of Poetry and a forthcoming book of poems entitled Bright Mirror.