Category Archives: Spring

To Read a City: Urban History of Bologna since the Medieval Period

bologna 1600Urban Studies/History of Architecture Syllabus 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.
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Cinematic Landscapes: Emilia-Romagna in the Films and Works of the great Directors

Film Studies Syllabus Prof. Piero Di Domenico Italian cinema has always been concerned with grand landscapes, not least the films of such directors as Visconti, Rossellini, Pasolini, Fellini, Antonioni, and Bertolucci. Even this brief list reveals a substantial nucleus of directors whose formative experiences in cinema took place while filming Emilia-Romagna, whose landscapes were made memorable by films like Visconti's Ossessione (and its depiction of the 'bassa ferrarese') or the last episode of Rossellini's Paisà (set in the delta of the Po river).
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From Page to Stage and Back Again

Theater and Italian Society Syllabus Prof. Paolo Rota Students will explore the offerings in theaters in Bologna and potentially beyond. This course helps prepare students for the performances of specific plays that are on in Bologna in the Spring semester. The course unfolds in three discrete steps that correspond to its title: (1) study and discussion in the classroom of the dramatic text (if one exists, for the performance, if not, a text in relation to the subject of the performance), (2) field trips to the theater, and (3) evaluation of the performance by way of classroom discussion as well as writing assignments.
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