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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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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. Continue reading

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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 (Fall 2010)

“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 (Fall 2010) Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Opportunità per studenti Unibo

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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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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 DOCENTEContinue reading

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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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Ivan Tassi

Ivan Tassi teaches Italian languge and writing courses at E.C.Co. He received his doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Bologna and has taught at the Italian Cultural Institute in Barcelona. His research has focused on the techniques of autobiographical writing in Italy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as on Italian nineteenth- and twentieth-century narrative. Prof. Tassi has authored books on the history and theory of autobiography as a literary genre (Storie dell’io) and on the autobiographical techniques of Goldoni, Alfieri and Leopardi (Gli specchi del possibile). He has published a volume of the three editions of Silvio D’Arzo’s short story Casa d’altri, the entry for “Biography” in the Encyclopaedia Treccani, and a survey of Italian nineteenth-century literary criticism for l’Almanacco Rizzoli. Ivan Tassi has also translated Breece Pancake’s short stories into Italian (Trilobiti). He is a contributor to the daily newspaper il manifesto’s culture column and to the weekly supplement Alias with his articles on literary criticism.… Continue reading

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If art is your focus

At E.C.Co we offer

Fall : Art and The Counter-Reformation: The Carracci and Caravaggio
Professor Vera Fortunati

With the closing of the Council of Trent in 1563, the Catholic Church of Rome responded to the Protestant ban on the use of images in churches and official rites with new, highly didactic and religiously propagandistic, policies on art. In Bologna, the cardinal Gabriele Paleotti pushed for an intensive reform of the visual arts by publishing a treatise in 1582 which explained, with persuasive firmness, the criteria that the painters were supposed to follow in order to produce images that could communicate religious truths with clarity and decorum, while at the same time involving the faithful on an emotional level.
This cultural climate shaped the work of the Carracci – Ludovico, Agostino, and Annibale – who inaugurated a new kind of painting. Their reform broke with late sixteenth-century traditions and opened itself up to a new kind of naturalism that merged the achievements of the great Renaissance masters with a new pathos that anticipated Baroque theatricality. In the same years, Caravaggio created … Continue reading

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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.

Beginning Fall 2014, ECCO students will have a variety of grading options for courses taken at the Università di Bologna only. (All ECCO corsi interni accord grades of A-F.)
Students have two choices for the reporting of the grade for their university course on their end-of-semester, official ECCO transcript:
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Courses at UNIBO

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Dormitories

Of all American students studying in Bologna, only E.C.Co. students have the privilege of living in the University of Bologna’s own “studentati” (dormitories) with same sex, Italian or international roommates. Most of these apartment-style residences are located in the city center near the University; some are a short bus-ride from the center. They consist of a common living space, a study space, a private bath, and a small kitchen, in addition to two double rooms. The University of Bologna housing authority assigns rooms by a lottery system comparable to those used on the campuses of the three consortial institutions. The living quarters are all similar with one exception: Forni is an all-female “studentato” and male students are not eligible to live there. The dormitories provide sheets, a comforter, and a pillow; they do not provide towels. Students are responsible for washing their own bed linens in the coin-operated washing machines in each “studentato,” and for keeping their living space tidy and clean. Rooms do not have telephones. There are payphones on the premises, but they do not receive incoming phone … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes

Theatre
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Prof. Gabriele Marchesini
This course takes a general approach to acting styles, providing a direct and in-depth involvement with the Italian language as it mediates between the theory and the practice of theatrical literature, a literature conceived as a recited art rather than as one to be read.  This way, we will approach the theatre as protagonists, rather than simply practising our knowledge of another language and culture.
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Italian Scenes, Bolognese Scenes: Cultural and Identity Transformations in Postwar Italy (Television, Cinema, Music, Literature, Theatre, Comics)

Cultural History
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Prof. Franco Minganti
The course proposes to examine Italian (cultural) identity, following the transformations taking place after the Second World War in a country moving toward an end of modernity and therefore toward today’s postmodern and global dimensions. We will try to identify the processes of modernization and globalization woven together with Italian and European images of Americanization, along with a changing youth culture and the slipping away of the idea of an “Italian icon.”
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The Pathos of the body in Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature

Italian Literature
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Prof. Vanessa Pietrantonio
In the first half of the 19th century, some European writers opted to avoid realistic descriptions in favor of images that were hallucinatory, ambiguous, murky, vague, or misshapen. Such images were often housed in infinite or incomplete spaces, in places where horrors were depicted by grotesque figures, painful grimaces, or decomposing bodies.
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Italy’s Path in the World Today. From the Rebirth of Democracy to the Global Economic Crisis: 1945-2012

History
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Prof. Alberto Preti
In 1945 Italy was a predominantly agricultural society recovering from twenty years of dictatorship and a military defeat that had devastated the country and altered the collective identity of the Italian people. In the decades that followed the population of Italy saw their country undergo a rapid period of industrialization, urbanization, and modernization as well as the establishment of a democratic Republic that quickly took root.
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Political System and Society in Italy after World War II (1945-2008)

Political Science

Prof. Stefano Cavazza
The course aims to analyze the birth and development of the Italian political system and its interaction with the evolution of society. The first part of the course explains constitutional forms, the consolidation of the political system, and Italy’s final transition from an agricultural country to an industrialized one (Meetings 1-10). The second part of the course (Meetings 11-20) examines the transformations of Italian politics and society after 1968, ending with the crises of the political system in the 1990s.
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To Read a City: Urban History of Bologna since the Medieval Period

bologna 1600Urban Studies/History of Architecture
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Prof. Francesco Ceccarelli
Based on the study of select Italian cities in the north-central region, the course’s goal is to provide the tools for identifying the historic and urban factors that have shaped Emilia Romagna as well as its urban centers, primarily Bologna. The course will alternate between a series of classroom lectures dedicated to the comprehension of diverse evolutionary phases of construction, and site visits to different aspects of Bologna’s urban fabric. Given the nature of the course and the necessity to develop a comparative approach, day trips to other nearby cities are also planned. Continue reading

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