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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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Lute with a Maestro!

Lute clinic Maestro Lastraioli’s Masterclass Palazzo Rucellai Learning to play the lute means that you will have to spend a long time over the musical score and you will need a really excellent Maestro. One who can teach you how to ‘tame’ the sweetest looking, yet most difficult instrument of all. While a guitar or

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A Journey to the End of Writing with Diego Bertelli

On September 12 at Palazzo Bargagli  (the ISI Florence facility on Lungarno delle Grazie), Raoul Bruni and Giuseppe Girimonti Greco presented Diego Bertelli’s latest book  “Viaggio al Termine della Scrittura. Calvino, Pasolini, Bazlen, Parise, Cattafi” (Le Lettere, 2017). In this volume, Bertelli (ISI Florence Italian literature professor from 2011 to 2014) analyzes four Italian twentieth-century novels  (“Se una

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Student Life: Words & Feelings

Words Colorful, delicious, enlightening: three words chosen by three of our Fall 2018 students to describe their first weeks in Florence. With the new semester in full swing, let’s take a look at what moments these students have shared since their planes touched down in the Tuscan capital just over a month ago. Colorful was

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Leonardo: the Language of Faces

After four years of preparation, the exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci drawings I curated for Teylers Museum in Haarlem, the Netherlands, will open on Friday, October 5th. For three months visitors can admire a special group of Leonardo’s drawings of the human face that attest to his extraordinary powers of observation and imagination.     

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#MAESTRO is out!

The latest issue of IL QUADERNO, ISI Florence’s journal on architectural studies. This new issue is dedicated to the special relationship between scholars and teachers. In his preface, editor Franco Pisani states, “What makes a #MAESTRO? It’s the capacity of triggering the desire for knowledge. Teaching is the art of growing the awareness of the

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Discovering Rome with an Academic Field Trip

For our Architecture in Italy: History and Preservation course we took a day trip to Rome to see the breathtaking feats of ancient architecture. The schedule for the day was packed tight. We spent just enough time in each destination to see what is left of monuments and churches, learning how they were preserved, and

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