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    Hotel in Florence

    by  • February 8, 2011 • For Parents, Info, Travel • 0 Comments

    Ciao, tutti! Study Abroad has made reservations for us in Florence — we’ll be staying at the Hotel Lombardi, about 15 minutes from the Uffizi and the cathedral, according to its website. Barring last-minute changes, the room division will be 5 twins, 1 triple (gentlemen, that’s probably yours….) and two singles (professorial dibs!). And...

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    What About Berlusconi?

    by  • January 24, 2011 • Current Events, Libertine & Lewd • 0 Comments

    In our Imagining Venice class, we don’t plan to spend too much time discussing contemporary Italian politics, and our focus on social concerns will revolve more around the ways in which pollution and tourism are affecting Venice in particular. But with all of the fuss about Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that’s been showing...

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    Film Screening in Venice

    by  • January 20, 2011 • Cinema, Info, Travel • 0 Comments

    We’re making a fun addition to itinerary! On Friday, May 20, we’ll be visiting the Goldoni Museum in Venice for a special screening of the film Carlo Goldoni: Venice Grand Theatre of the World (Bettero, 2007). This docudrama, which will be subtitled in English, was shot on location in France and Venice and includes...

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    More Anime + Venice

    by  • November 13, 2010 • Dying • 0 Comments

    I couldn’t resist snapping this quick screen shot from the end credits of Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) episode 14: His Butler, Supremely Talented. Sebastian and Ciel on a funeral gondola! Very dying-Venice, don’t you think? (But no, Black Butler isn’t about Venice at all; the image is set on the Thames for some odd reason.)...

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    My Imagined Venice

    by  • November 12, 2010 • Other Venices • 0 Comments

    I wrote in September that I’d decided to take my own “Imagining Venice” challenge by writing a story about an imaginary Venice. Here’s a bit from the very beginning of that story, “Code of Blood,” which will be published in Corsets & Clockwork in May 2011 — exactly when our class will be leaving...

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    How to Pack for Venice

    by  • October 20, 2010 • For Parents, Info, Travel • 0 Comments

    Terry scouted out backpacks for us and recommended I buy the same one she did, this Eagle Creek Voyage Travel Pack 65L, which has a detachable daypack. So here’s my new backpack, with my laptop and iPad next to it for size comparison. Students — can you get yourself down to something about this...

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    Tour of San Sebastiano

    by  • October 12, 2010 • Art, Info, Travel • 0 Comments

    Our students may have the opportunity to visit the 16th-century church of San Sebastiano to view the art restoration project going on there, thanks to the generosity of Save Venice. San Sebastiano, one of five churches in Venice built to thank God after the plague passed through the city, is noted for its cycle...

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    New Work by Vivaldi

    by  • October 8, 2010 • Current Events, History, Travel • 0 Comments

    Vivaldi is Venice’s pet composer — you can’t walk through the city without noticing numerous signs advertising Vivaldi concerts at various churches and music schools. Thus it seems appropriate to draw attention to the latest news about the discovery of one part of a flute concerto by Vivaldi thought to be lost. (Excerpt) According...

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    Alchemical Venice

    by  • September 29, 2010 • Other Venices • 0 Comments

    The photo to the left shows my makeshift workspace today as I abandon the overheated loft office of my apartment for the (relatively) cooler dining-room table. I’m taking this day off in my lecture schedule to work on my short story about an alternative, alchemical Venice. “Imagining Venice” isn’t just a task for our...

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