ISI Florenzine Blog

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Beyond is Born!

  ISI Florence is excited to announce its first edition of “Beyond: The ISI Florence & Umbra Institute Studies in International Education”. After spending nine months collecting, editing and fine-tuning the numerous submissions, “Beyond” has been laid out, printed, and distributed. This in-house product is a collection of articles about education abroad and is not limited just to

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Fashion Journalism

The groundbreaking FASHION JOURNALISM/COMMUNICATIONS class at ISI Florence, taught by Mark Bernheim and Alessandro Masetti, engaged in two special events in June.  The first field trip – a key feature of the course itself now in its fourth iteration – was a visit to the largest and most important menswear trade show in the world,

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Italy

The plane touched down on a narrow strip between mountains that I never realized were a part of the Italian landscape. I remember my feet feeling the ground, but for several weeks I continued to float, feeling as high as the jet I had just disembarked from. I drifted along the breeze through the alleyways

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In Honor of Letizia Panizza

Organized by Prof. Simone Testa (ISI Florence), in collaboration with other scholars, the one-day symposium in honor of Letizia Panizza took place on May 11, 2018 at the Institute of Modern Languages Research of London, UK.  It gathered researchers of History, English, Modern Languages, and Philosophy, from a variety of national and international institutions, including RHUL,

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Miniskirts and Burkas

In the recently published book “Dalla Minigonna al Burqa?” (San Paolo publisher), three women of different religions – Judaism (Shulamit Furstenberg-Levi), Christianity (Rita Torti) and Islam (Sumaya Abdel Qader), respond to five questions pertaining to the relationship between their religion and women: the questions touch on the marginality of women in religion; the attitude of

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Moggi, the Florentine Jesuit Architect who Traveled to China

The commemoration of Ferdinando Bonaventura Moggi, artist and Jesuit missionary (Florence 1684 – Beijing 1761) took place on May 22, 2018 inside Santa Croce (Florence): a symbolic church for Christianity and a pantheon of Italian history and culture. With an abundance of observations, Prof. Claudio Strinati (video) presented the volume “Ferdinando Moggi (1684-1761) Architetto e

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Dancing in Florence!

The UCSB Dance Company enjoyed a warm welcome from the International Studies Institute and the Florence Dance Center during their tour to Italy this year!  The company was able to offer Master Classes at several dance schools in Florence, teaching contemporary jazz and hip-hop to students of various ages. Artistic Director Delila Moseley and Professor Emerita

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Summer Program: Penn State Business Law

My Business Law class enjoying an Italian cooking class!   As I read my acceptance letter to the faculty-led Business Law program at ISI Florence, I was bubbling with joy. Having almost finished my freshman year of university, I believed that putting myself in a foreign environment to study and experience a different culture would

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