TOSCANA-LAND OF THErnREAL MULTICULTURALISTSrnThe Rockford InstituternpresentsrnAn International ConviviumrnJoinrnThomas Fleming, Scott P. Richert,rnAndrei Navrozov, and Christopher CheekrnFor an International Conviviumrn’Tuscany: The Cultural Free Market’rnMarch 11-20,2002rnPisa, Siena, Florence, LuccarnWhere is the flame of civihzation tended? hi the massive furnaces of empire? Or in the hearths of smallrncommunities? Wliether in ancient Greece, the Roman Republic, or the colonies of North America, civilizationrnhas flourished where unique peoples were free to cherish and practice their tradihons and wherern”healthy bigotry,” as Chesterton put it, fostered a spirit of cultural competition out of which sprang anrnabundance of inspiring songs, moving tales, uplifting buildings, and enduring ideas.rnToday, as subjects of America’s “multicultural empire,” our choices are Burger King or McDonald’s,rnBritney Spears or Christina ,guilera, Yale or Harvard, Republican or Democrat, the New York Times orrnthe Wall Street Journal, Steven Spielberg or Steven Spielberg.rnFor the provincial peoples of Tuscany who recreated civilization and fought for liberty, town by town,rnneighborhood by neighborhood, and even street by street, the choices were Dante, Machiavelli, andrnPetrach, Leonardo and Michelangelo, Saint Catherine and San Bernadino. Even their villains inspiredrnmore interest: Wliile we have to be content with Bill Clinton, the Tuscans had the brilliant and ruthlessrngangster-banker family, the Medici.rnSee the great cathedrals, churches, and art treasures of TuscanyrnDrink Brunello and Montepulciano in the shadow of the Leaning TowerrnListen to lectures and join discussions on:rnPetrarch, Dante, Saint Catherine, San Bernadino, and Machiavelli, whose muscularrn^ /defense of republican liberty helped inspire om own republic’s founders;rnthe brave Pisans fighting for liberty against invading Muslims and imperial Florence;rnand the great painters of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.rnSpecial lecture: Setting the Record Straight on the Galileo Controversy.rnRegistration is limited. The price for the Convivium includes lodging, breakfast andrndinner each day, museum entry fees, and all lectures and discussions.rnFor more details, call Christopher Check, executive vice president, at (815) 964-5811rn’ LklUll’irn1′ fTTTTT^rniikkklkiirn4 ^rnmm ‘mm-rn•f-^i ^rnEarly Bird Rates: • Single: $2,395.00rnN.B. After January 15, 2002, all prices increase $300.00.rn• Couple: $3,695.00rn’ame(s).rnGit)’, State, Zip_rn’-•’ax. E-mailrnSend registration form with payment to:rnThe Rockford Institute, 928 North Main Street, Rockford, Illinois 61103rnrnrn