Your Teachers in Italy . . .

John Skillen, PhD

Teacher on Both Programs

Christine Perrin, MFA

Teacher at Student Program

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Your Team of Leaders

John Skillen

John Skillen, PhD

Resident Professor

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.



All of your teachers have traveled internationally, and three of them have been leading trips to Italy for several years.

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You will find that all of the leaders enjoy teaching and learning, as well as making new friends and fostering fellowship.

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All of the leaders have studied classical history, literature, and philosophy, and have pursued careers as classical educators.



Each of your leaders is deeply committed to the Christian faith and to integrating that faith with all of learning.

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