We live in a technological world where in the future even those individuals who are not scientists will need to understand science, what it is and how it works. Dr. Nordgren has developed a series of popular classes designed to teach astronomy and scientific relevance to non-science students. Astronomy Abroad is the name Dr. Nordgren has given to this series of classes where he takes a group of students to different locations around the world to understand the astronomy that takes places there. Recently, Dr. Nordgren has traveled to Italy where students learn the science of Galileo by reading is works, building replicas of his telescope, and reproducing his observations all while traveling to the places important in his life. While doing so they learn about the role of science in society and history and how it is playing out in today’s modern world where once again modern discoveries have been turned into controversies on the cultural stage.