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 Block 7& 8 in Italy -- 2022

Block 7 IT 320 Topics in Italian Culture: Art & Power

Using late medieval, Renaissance, and modern Italy as cases, this course explores the interactions of power and art. It examines how images, structures, and urban design reflect structures of power, and how the powereful deploy art and architechture as instruments of control. The course focuses on Florence, with additional trips to Siena, Rome, and Venice. On-site visits supplement reading, disscusions, and writing assignments. Cross listed with HY200. Professor Susan Ashley.

 Block 8 choose from two courses:Immerse yourself in the Italian language and culture:

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Block 8 - IT204 Intermediate Italian II:

This course is designed to build on the communication skills acquired in IT203. In a simulated immersive environment enhanced with Italian texts, films, and internet resources, students focus on developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills as well as increasing their knowledge and understanding of Italian cultures. Prerequisite: Italian 203 or COI. Note: Students must take IT203 prior to taking this course, and both units must be successfully completed in order to fulfill the language requirement for graduation or to continue into 300-level Italian courses. Professor Carla Cornette.

Block 8 - IT320 Gusto: Italian Food as Art, Culture & Tradition.

Food can be used as metaphor, as political and economical tool, as a way to assert dominance and power - and as all of the above combined. Developing a palate for a certain type of food is also intensely affected by cultural, geographical, and socio-economical reasons. Why is it almost impossible to mention Italian culture without referring to its rich gastronomical tradition? Why has Italy such a great regional diversity in recipes, staple foods, and even eating habits? What it the significance of specific food representations in art, literature, and film? And what is "Slow Food"? In this course we will explore a broad history of Italian food in its European context, while also researching (and tasting!) local case-studies in two Italian regions. No pre-requisites, no knowledge of Italian language required (although at least one block of Italian language is warmly suggested). Professor Amanda Minervini.


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 Frequently asked questions:

How much Italian do I need?

To enroll in IT204, you will need to have completed IT203 (Intermediate Italian I) or equivalent. IT320 will be taught in English.

Where will I live?

To be determined

How much extra will this block cost?Michelangelo-David-1

Program Fee to be determined PLUS airfare

Can I get financial aid?

Yes. Apply to the Office of International Programs, Armstrong Hall Room 215. . Please see Allen Bertsche in the OIP office with questions.

How do I apply?




Experience firsthand the spaces and places of Italian film and filmmaking from Bologna to Rome to Rimini, Turin, and Ponza Island! "Cinecitta', The Italian Hollywood" will serve as an introduction to the panorama of Italian cinema from the post-World War II period until the present day. Students will view and discuss masterpieces of contemporary Italian film, become familiar with exemplary directors and artists of the era, and identify the distinguishing characteristics of notable cinematic movements and genres. The course includes attendance at two international film festivals in Bologna, a trip to a renown university for cinematography in Rome, a visit to Cinecitta' where current movies and Netflix series are shot, and a laboratory experience in film restoration and archiving. And more!

The course may be taken for credit in Italian (IT320) or Film and Media Studies (FM200).

For more information, contact professors Carla Cornette in Italian (

Prerequisites: None. Course taught in English.
Deadline to be considered for financial aid: January 26.

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Emma Singer


 Ciao a tutti! My name is Emma Singer, a double major in Italian Studies and Education graduating Spring 2022, and in Fall 2021 I studied abroad in Florence, Italy.  Italians took masking and social distancing seriously so I always felt safe. Of course, I ate such incredible food and even made meals myself in my apartment as I shopped at the local grocery stores (such a cool experience!). Traveling across the country was so easy, which allowed me to spend many weekends in major cities like Rome, Milan, and Venice, but I also got to visit other cities and towns like Parma, Trieste, and Bolgheri. Importantly, I was able to practice and use my Italian wherever I went and I loved being able to do so in the natural environment amongst native speakers. I recommend study abroad to all college students, but of course I'd recommend you to study Italian and travel to Italy! 

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