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The world we lost: Italy in the 1950s between traditional culture and modernity

In a period in which Italy underwent big and quick changes, through both modernization processes and “cultural apocalypses”, it is particular interesting studying the diversity of local cultures.
In doing so it is useful to adopt the methodology of a new discipline – History of Ideas – with a point of view more anthropological than historical and using heterogeneous representations and sources, including photographs, paintings, documentary films, poems and tales.
Studying representations of the country different from the widespread stereotypes of Italian people and of being Italian, while investigating how such myths originate and spread helps to have a deeper understanding of the country.
We will consider four vaste geographical areas which appear to be especially representative: Lucania-Salento, Sardinia and other islands, the delta of the Po river, and the Northern Appennine mountains.
How do the “many and diverse Italies”, conveyed by folk culture still alive in this period, with their special rites, dialects, songs, dances and beliefs, interact with the current, “standard” image of the country?
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Sara Iommi

 Sara Iommi
Sara Iommi holds a Ph.D. in Cinema, Music, and Theatre from the University of Bologna.
She has been Teaching Assistant in many university courses, including Analysis of Film, Documentary and Experimental Cinematography, Audiovisual Forms of Popular Culture, Writing for the Cinema and Television, History and Media.
Her research focuses on phenomenology of film, popular culture, and visual anthropology.
She has published several articles on the filmic representation of the rural word in Italy, the education of media and film settings.
Sara Iommi has also collaborated with important Italian ethnographic institutions developing visual researches on various topic, such as, for instance, the feminine imaginary of wedding, the traditional music of the northern Italian Appennine mountains, the traditional food knowledge, and the ethnographic objects collectors.

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Our students say….

Giovanna Acton, Wellesley College

I graduated from Wellesley College with a double major in International Relations and Italian Studies in May 2014. Currently, I am working in education at an elementary school with English Language Development (ELD) students, and am planning to attend graduate school in the near future. My experiences in Bologna helped me enormously both academically but also when seeking employment post-graduation. One of the great things about E.C.Co is it places you in an environment where you thrive academically and socially. Living with other Italian students improved my language enormously, and I am still in contact with many of those students. The courses I took through the University of Bologna and through the program dramatically improved my conversational as well as my academic level of Italian. I wish I could do it all over again!… Continue reading

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E.C.Co. in Lecce

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About Ecco

Vassar College, Wellesley College, and Wesleyan University offer a study abroad program at the Università di Bologna in Italy. The program is committed to high academic standards and to providing opportunities for students to develop their knowledge of Italian language and culture in one of the most venerable and prestigious academic environments in Europe.

Undergraduates wishing to study humanities and social sciences may enroll for the fall or spring semester or for the full academic year. Students who enroll for the full year or for the fall or spring semester and who have at least an intermediate knowledge of Italian will complete two regular university courses at the Università di Bologna, as well as take courses in language and Italian studies offered by the program. The program accepts no more than 35 students from consortium institutions and from other colleges and universities.

Features of the Program

  • The program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the equivalent of at least two semesters of college-level Italian for fall semester or full-year entry and at least three semesters of college-level Italian
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E.C.Co. Bologna!!!

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Urban Studies

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ECCO Ghigi

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ECCO Forni

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Un giorno a Bologna

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A May Day in Bologna

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ECCO: the ECCO Experience

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Elisabetta Cunsolo

Elisabetta Cunsolo is adjunct professor of art history at Spring Hill College Italy Center, and at Dickinson College Center, in Bologna. The course she will teach at ECCo will be an itinerary of learning and research inside churches, palaces and museums to study the history of art of Bologna from the 14th to the 16th century. Dr. Cunsolo received her doctorate in art history from the University of Bologna in 2004, specializing in the study of book illustration of the 16th and 17th centuries. Her current research, published in different articles, focuses on engravings made for some medical treatises printed in Italy in the second half of the 16th century and aims to reconstruct the history of these books through the study of the connections that existed between physicians, engravers, and editors. Elisabetta Cunsolo developed also a deep interest and gained a professional experience with photography and photographic reproductions of works of art working as the assistant curator and project manager for the cataloging and digitization projects of the Berenson Fototeca at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for … Continue reading

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Elisabetta Cunsolo

Elisabetta Cunsolo is adjunct professor of art history at Spring Hill College Italy Center, and at Dickinson College Center, in Bologna. The course she will teach at ECCo will be an itinerary of learning and research inside churches, palaces and museums to study the history of art of Bologna from the 14th to the 16th century. Dr. Cunsolo received her doctorate in art history from the University of Bologna in 2004, specializing in the study of book illustration of the 16th and 17th centuries. Her current research, published in different articles, focuses on engravings made for some medical treatises printed in Italy in the second half of the 16th century and aims to reconstruct the history of these books through the study of the connections that existed between physicians, engravers, and editors. Elisabetta Cunsolo developed also a deep interest and gained a professional experience with photography and photographic reproductions of works of art working as the assistant curator and project manager for the cataloging and digitization projects of the Berenson Fototeca at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for … Continue reading

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Gabriele Cosentino

Gabriele Cosentino holds a Laurea in Scienze della Comunicazione from the University of Bologna (2001) and a Ph.D. in Media Culture and Communication from New York University (2011). His dissertation focused on the circulation of political communication across entertainment genres on Italian television. He has published several articles in edited collections on digital media, political communications and cultural globalization, 
and has taught at New York University campuses in New York and Florence, and at John Cabot University in Rome.… Continue reading

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Art in Bologna from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. From Vitale da Bologna to the Carraccis

History of Art Syllabus Prof. Elisabetta Cunsolo Throughout the centuries, due to its geographic position, Bologna has always been a place where foreigners stopped during their travels to the North or the South of Italy contributing to the spread of new ideas. The cultural and political prestige of Bologna and of many of its personalities is evident looking at its architecture and works of art still present in town. Nevertheless, its ambition to independence produced artistic expressions so original that they can be scarcely forced into traditional concepts.
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For cinema buffs…

Bologna is home to a world-renowned institution devoted to the promotion, study and preservation of film, the Cineteca di Bologna. Its Cinema Lumière screens a huge selection of movies throughout the year, with a rich program that features independent movies, rarities, classics, animated and silent films (sometimes with live music). Next to the theatre is the Renzo Renzi library which boasts a collection of 38,000 books, 1,100 international and Italian film journals from the Silent Era to the present, 18,000 audiovisual materials, 200,000 movie posters and more than 1,500,000 photographs.  The catalogue of its books and journals is available online, along with that of the audiovisual materials. The library also holds the Charlie Chaplin archive project, which contains the personal and professional archive of the great director. Taking full advantage of the Cineteca’s unmatched resources, E.C.Co. offers an exciting in-house film course.
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Want to volunteer at an elementary or middle school?

The E.C.Co. students have a chance to get to know the Italian educational system from within by teaching English to children at a Bolognese public school (age 6-11 at the Scuola Elementare, or age 11-14 at the Scuola Media). With just one hour a week of their time they get a terrific first-hand teaching experience. Our past students have said: “I had a wonderful time volunteering at the Scuola, I would really recommend doing this volunteer program if you are at all interested in teaching or if you like children. It was one of the highlights of my week!” Amy
“My experience at the school was very enlightening and educative. I realized that I really like working with children and also how hard it is. It was really challenging: I had to keep in balance the work with individual pupils and the whole class and try to keep everyone engaged, yet the work is extremely rewarding.” Elena
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An art capital waiting to be discovered

Bologna has an extraordinary artistic and historical heritage and for this reason it itself is a museum. Genus bononiae – Musei della città – a cultural and artistic path throughout the city center – is gradually opening its eight restored historical buildings to the public. These include Palazzo Pepoli Vecchio, Biblioteca d’Arte e di Storia di San Giorgio in Poggiale, Complesso di San Colombano, Palazzo Fava, Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, Casa Saraceni, Complesso Monumentale di San Michele in Bosco and Chiesa di Santa Cristina – all monuments containing precious works of art, ancient books and other signs of Bologna’s millennial civilization. Aside from its treasure-filled churches, Bologna’s world-renowned Pinacoteca Nazionale is home to some of the greatest Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces in the country, including works by Raphael, Lavinia Fontana, the Carracci, Guido Reni, Guercino, and many others. Lovers of modern and contemporary art will also find a lot to see in Bologna: the studio and museum of the great Bolognese painter Giorgio Morandi, the recently opened Mambo (Museo d’Arte Moderna Bologna), and the annual exhibition of contemporary … Continue reading

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Science anyone?

When you think of Italy, your mind probably goes straight to art, literature and the other liberal arts. But did you know that the University of Bologna has 39 world-class science departments, as well as science museums and specialized libraries? Faculties such as the Faculty of Natural Sciences (where you will find physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology, biotechnology, etc.), the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Agriculture, the Faculty of Industrial Chemistry and the Faculty of Pharmacy offer hundreds of courses, many of which are sure to appeal to you. Working with your advisor back home, the E.C.Co. staff can help you find exciting courses appropriate for your science major.
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Opportunities in International Relations

The University of Bologna is home to a prominent Department of Political Science and International Relations. With students coming from many countries around the world and its prestigious faculty, it is one of the best departments of its kind in Italy. Within SPBO (Scienze Politiche Bologna), E.C.Co. students will have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses in the fields of Political Science, International Relations, Gender Studies, Law, and History.
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If you’re interested in Urban Studies/Architectural History

In 1806, the british writer George Tappen wrote in his description of Bologna: “The most remarkable feature in this city are the arcades on which the houses are built [...]." Bologna represents an unique case-study to understand the urban and architectural history of Italy. E.C.Co. program offers an unique in-house course on this topic, To Read a City: Urban History of Bologna since the Medieval Period taught by prof. Francesco Ceccarelli. The Urban center Bologna , located at the top floor of Salaborsa (Piazza Nettuno, 3) has a permanent exhibition displaying the urban strategies and projects which will map out the face of Bologna over the next fifteen years. The Center periodically organizes conferences and workshops.
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DESCRIZIONE Corso – BACKUP (Save)

QUI LA DESCRIZIONE BREVE DEL CORSO, DI 250 PAROLE CIRCA, ATTENZIONE A NON ECCEDEREQUI IL TITOLO DEL CORSO taught by prof. NOME DEL DOCENTE
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How to Apply

Eligibility
The program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic standing at their home institution.  Two semesters of college-level Italian constitute the prerequisite for the fall semester, three semesters of college-level Italian for the spring. A “B” average in Italian language courses is required. Students wih less than four semesters of college-level Italian are required to attend the August session in Lecce, in the region Puglia. This course is a three-week intensive review of grammar and an introduction to contemporary Italy, and is required of students with only one year of college-level Italian. Students with two full years of college-level Italian may be exempted from the Lecce session. Participants are subject to specific requirements laid down by their home institution for study abroad.

Tuition and fees
Distinct from other programs in Bologna, the tuition for the ECCO Program for the semester, decided in February of the preceding year, is virtually all inclusive.

The ECCO program fee covers the following expenses:

Student housing (furnished)
Partial daily food allowance (13€/day in 2013-14)
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Vanessa Pietrantonio

Vanessa Pietrantonio teaches literature courses at E.C.Co. She received her doctorate in Comparative Literature in the United States and subsequently won various grants, such as a research grant and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Bologna. She has delivered a series of lectures at the IULM University in Milan on rewriting, parody, pastiche, the modern European novel and on representations of time in Don DeLillo’s Underworld. Prof. Pietrantonio has also been a visiting professor of literature at Vassar College, and has taught courses on the history of literary criticism at the University of Bologna, where she currently collaborates with Prof. Ferdinando Amigoni. Among her publications are Debenedetti e il suo doppio. Una traversata con Marcel Proust (Mulino, 2003) and Archetipi del Sottosuolo (FrancoAngeli, 2011), as well as co-edited volumes Nel paese dei sogni (Le Monnier, 2003) and Crocevia dei sogni. Dalla Nouvelle Revue de Psychanalyse (Le Monnier, 2004).… Continue reading

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