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Dr Steve Kershaw is a Classics Tutor for Oxford University Department for Continuing education, and the leader of the European Studies Classical tour for Rhodes College and the University of the South.  He has travelled extensively in the Mediterranean world, lecturing on the Classical sites and culture of the region.  His latest publication, A Brief Guide the the Greek Myths, was published in 2007, and he is currently working on A Brief Guide to Classical Civilisation and developing an on-line course in Greek mythology for Oxford University.  He is also an honors graduate of the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and is regarded as one of the finest double bass players in the UK.  He lives in the Oxfordshire town of Deddington with his artist wife and his English Springer Spaniel.

Emma Rose Barber is an art historian, specialising in Renaissance and medieval art. She was previously head of the History of Art department at the British Institute in Florence.  Presently, she lectures at the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London, the open University, and the University of Kent.  She teaches on-line courses in the Northern and Italian Renaissance for Oxford University.  She conducts specialist study trips to cities such as Florence, Mantua, and Venice.  She is also researching for a PhD on The Medieval Wayfarer.

Martin Gray spent the best part of his working life lecturing at the University of Stirling, where he became Head of English Studies.  He is author of several academic books, as well as The Penguin Book of the Bicycle (1978).  His involvement with Italy started at the University of Perugia in the mid-1960s.  Since then, he has travelled all over Italy as often as he could.  In 1972, he bought a house near Montalcino.  He started Learn Italy in 2002.

Dr Cathy Oakes began her career in the Education Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum.  After a busy freelance career in art history, she resumed full-time work in charge of the art history programme for the Continuing Education department at the University of Bristol.  In 2002, she became Director f Studies at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.  As well as still teaching at the V&A, she has also taught at the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, British Museum and for the Architectural Association, and on Swan Hellenic cruises and on the QM2.  She has published articles on medieval art, architecture and iconography, and is co-author of a book on the Romanesque in western France.

Alice Foster has an MA in History of Art from Reading University.  She is an experienced tutor with Learn Italy, having guided several successful study holidays.  Alice taught art history courses for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and the WEA for many years.  She now enjoys a busy and successful acreer as a freelance tutor, as a NADFAS and OUDCE lecturer and as a teacher on Farncombe Residential Course in Worcestershire.  She also runs the art history course for an American summer school at Magdalen College, Oxford.  Alice likes nothing better than to share her own deep appreciation of Italy’s rich artistic heritage - buildings, paintings, sculpture - with experts and non-experts alike.