Past Program

Italy: (In)Visible Venice

A city of paradoxes or merely contradictions? American historian Thomas F. Madden describes Venice as "a city without land, an empire without borders." French philosopher Régis Debray, on the other hand, calls it "a kind of Euro-Disney for snobs," whereas Italian novelist Italo Calvino treats it as a paradigmatic point of intersection between death and desire, and so the quintessence of every city on earth.

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Venice, Italy
When
Winter 2016

Course Dates: Jan 4, 2016 — Feb 7, 2016

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
6
Department
  • Non Major Studio Elective
Course Numbers
  • NMSE-0723-01
Cost
$3975

Includes accommodation, field trips, local transportation, all meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Full Course Description

This course presents the opportunity for a cultural and literary interrogation of Venice, in situ, in combination with an immersive studio course.

A city of paradoxes or merely contradictions? American historian Thomas F. Madden describes Venice as "a city without land, an empire without borders." French philosopher Régis Debray, on the other hand, calls it "a kind of Euro-Disney for snobs," whereas Italian novelist Italo Calvino treats it as a paradigmatic point of intersection between death and desire, and so the quintessence of every city on earth. Venice's status as off-shore metropolis at the top of the Adriatic-a marshy haven from invading "barbarians" that has conquered, traded with, and been dominated by its antagonists, including the sea, over more than a millennium makes it one of the most intriguing and atypical cities in Europe, if not the world.

Permission of instructor required. Open to first year students with approval from the Dean of Experimental and Foundation Studies.

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