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    Venice, St. Petersburg, and the Treatment of Gays

    by  • January 30, 2013 • Current Events

    The City Council of Venice has passed a motion calling on Venice’s mayor, Giorgio Orsoni, to temporarily suspend Venice’s cooperation agreement with Russia’s second-largest city, St. Petersburg, citing the Russian city’s ban on “homosexual propaganda” and Russia’s homophobia in general, which has recently manifested as an intolerance for gay parades and demonstrations (see BBC...

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    Class is Soon to Begin!

    by  • January 17, 2013 • Class Prep, For Parents, Travel

    We’re sending out the acceptance letters for Imagining Venice today! In the meantime, we have also secured our hotels in Verona and Florence.  In Verona, we will be staying in Hotel Verona, and in Florence, Hotel Pensione Ferretti.  As you already know, we’ll be living in the lovely Palazzo degli Angeli while we’re in...

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    Update: Planning for Spring 2013

    by  • February 23, 2012 • Info

    Professor Spehar-Fahey and I have submitted this course, with a few small modifications, to the university curriculum committee and don’t expect any particular problems getting it re-approved for Spring 2013. We have made a few changes, however, based on student comments and our own observations in class and on the trip. First, we’ll be...

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    Torcello & Frari

    by  • May 22, 2011 • For Parents, Travel • 0 Comments

    Yesterday we took a very long day trip to the islands, starting at Murano and then going to Burano and Torcello. Many of the students chose to pay the 5 euro to see a glassblowing demonstration on Murano, as well as do the usual shopping and the not-so-usual, but expected, “making of art.” We...

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    We’ve Arrived!

    by  • May 16, 2011 • For Parents, Travel • 0 Comments

    We arrived in Venice and have settled down in our fabulous palazzo; it’s about 11:30 p.m. and all the students are settling in, taking showers, and getting ready to get up bright and early to visit Saint Mark’s square tomorrow morning.   In this first photo, all the students (except MaryBeth, who left with...

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