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ITALIA STUDY ABROAD
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MIAMI AS TEXT
These are not diaries or summaries of experiences. Miami as Texts projects are academic reflections that see students utilize a personal experience in a place as a starting point to reflect on a broader social, cultural, or historical issue.
ITALIA AS TEXT CONTEXT
The following contextual questions are only starting points for student España as Text academic reflections. The questions below are intended to foster reflection rather than dictate a specific subject. Students are encouraged to select a unique academic topic and are free to be as creative as they wish in the format they utilize. The topic, however, must be a subject discussed in class. Including accurate additional research is strongly encouraged.
The España as Text contextual questions are generally listed in chronological order.
ITALIA SPRING ENCOUNTER AS TEXT
You have just had your first official class meeting of Italia study abroad in January. Why are you in this class? Are you motivated, nervous? What do you know about Italia? What image does Italia conjure in your mind? Have you been there before? What are your expectations of the program? What are you most looking forward to visiting? Why?
Italia Study Abroad Information
ANCIENT ROME AS TEXT
In 2010, The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia organized an exhibition entitled “Ancient Rome & America.” It posited the question “Are we Rome?” The United States’ civic structure, family structure, culture, and arc in history parallels the US. Rome began overthrew a monarchy to become a republic and then transitioned into an empire, exactly has the US has.What do you think of Ancient Rome? Do you prefer some ways of life from Ancient Rome? Do you reject them?
Course Context: HBO Rome, Julius Caesar
HISTORIC MIAMI AS TEXT
The diversity of contemporary Miami is a result of its continuous population migration since the Spanish encountered the Tequesta in Biscayne Bay in 1513. In fact, after the Tequesta called Miami home for 2,000 years, no group has remained a majority for an extended period. Successive large migration groups include Spanish, Seminoles, Miccosukee, Bahamians, escaped slaves, British, Northern US settlers, Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans. What surprised you about this Walking Lecture? Where do you place yourself in the History of Miami?
Historic Miami Lecture Notes
ITALIA AMERICA AS TEXT
Students must examine an aspect of America that has been influenced by Classical Rome, Roman Catholicism, Renaissance Florence, or Capitalist Venice. The project should be multidimensional: examine commonalities, highlight differences, and explore ambiguities. Each student must select one topic and no other student may explore that same topic.
Course Context: Italia America as Text
VIZCAYA AS TEXT
Villa Vizcaya is the single most influential cultural structure of 20th century Miami. James Deering was the wealthiest person in Miami building the largest and most opulent structure in early twentieth century Miami. Vizcaya’s Mediterranean Revival architectural style influenced the development of Coral Gables and other neighborhoods. Villa Vizcaya is where southern Europe lands in Miami. However, Vizcaya also ignores the Tequesta, Seminole, Miccosukee, and Bahamian roots and traditions of Miami. This lack of inclusivity portends the destructive relationship of Miami to its history. Villa Vizcaya, in its beauty and tragedy, embodies Miami.
Vizcaya Lecture Notes
RENAISSANCE AS TEXT
The 1400s in Europe saw an unprecedented dissemination of knowledge. Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press in 1400 and the resulting migration of scholars after the fall of Constantinople in 1453 enabled classical ideas of humanism to spread throughout Western Europe, particularly in Firenze. Humanism, through philosophy, science, history, and literature placed the human experience and perception at the center of the understanding of the universe. This new perspective of a human’s relation to the universe manifested itself in the art and architecture of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Brunelleschi. How has your life been influenced by the Renaissance? How has your major been influenced by the Renaissance. Which parts of the Renaissance do you like? Which parts of the Renaissance do you reject?
ITALIA SPRING DEPARTURE AS TEXT
That’s it. Spring Semester done. Next stop Roma. Go back and read your “Italia Spring Encounter as Text.” Ask yourself the same questions. What has changed for you since then?
Italia Study Abroad Destinations
ITALIA SUMMER ENCOUNTER AS TEXT
You have just arrived in Eternal Rome. Each student will select one individual metro or tram stop in Roma. During the first week of classes, the student will visit that stop and reflect upon their first impressions of Roma by way of the stop. Over Under Roma as Text
ROMA AS TEXT
Discuss any place we have visited as a class, from Ancient Rome to the Vatican.
POMPEII AS TEXT
No site enables us to connect with the daily life or Romans in the way Pompeii does. Reflect upon an aspect of our visit.
TOSCANA AS TEXT
The class’ migration from Roma to Toscana reflects a jump of 1,000 years from the ancient world to the birth of the Renaissance. Write about Firenze, Pisa, or Siena. You can select a place or individual artwork.
CINQUE TERRE AS TEXT
Our time in Cinque Terre enables us to reflect upon our voyage thus far. This break of contemplation was an integral part of the traditional Grand Tour. Discuss how the villages and land of specifically Cinque Terre foster that reflection. Cinque Terre is a unique place in the universe.
VENEZIA AS TEXT
Venezia can only be compared to itself, yet its multiculturalism and marriage to the sea make it the European city most similar to Miami.
GRAND TOUR AS TEXT
Your final reflection should examine your personal journey as it relates to the academic subjects we discussed, from Ancient Rome to the Passeggiata, by way of Tuscany, Cinque Terre, and Venezia.
EDITOR AND LAST UPDATE
John William Bailly 09 January 2023
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