Programs by Country: Italy + Dialogue of Civilizations

Italy: Beyond Food, Fashion and Ruins (Honors)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Rome, Italy

Faculty Leader: Carey Rappaport (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Information Session: October 30, 2014, 6-8 pm, 135 Shillman

Term: Summer I


  • HONR 3309 Italian Science and Technology in the Second Millennium
  • HONR 3309 Social, Political, and Cultural Factors behind Italy's Scientific and Technological Progress


Science and technology in the Renaissance was an important factor in bringing Italy and Europe out of the dark ages, establishing the basis for economic and political power, and setting the stage for centuries of innovation and intellectual advancement that remains to this day. This course will rigorously investigate the early scientific philosophy and inventions of Renaissance Italy. and show how the early engineering and mathematical developments have built upon each other leading to the sophisticated technology of modern times. In five weeks, the class will tour key sites in Rome, Florence, Siena, Pisa, Bologna, Turin, Milan and Venice. Key inventions will be viewed in museums (Galileo, da Vinci, Vatican) deconstructed virtually, explaining their operations and functions, advantages and flaws, and discussed in the light of improvements  over existing devices and deficiencies that needed to be fixed. The coupling of art and science will be revealed in paintings, sculpture, architecture and models. Concepts of engineering efficiency and style, established design and traditional craft will be explored and demonstrated with visits to modern factories where the Piaggo (Vespa scooter), Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Parmaigiano cheese are made. Five technical tracts will be considered: Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Chemical/Material, and Mathematical Sciences, by visiting sites and studying technologies including optics, navigation and vehicle design , cathedral dome/tunnel/dam construction, glass making and food science, and the apparatus for demonstrating mathematical behavior. The Dialogue will also examine the social, political, economic and cultural factors that shaped scientific innovation in the Italian context and, in turn, the consequences of progress on the lives of the Italian people.

Italy: Family Business Studies

Dialogue of Civilizations | Verona, Italy

Faculty Leaders: Prof. Justin Craig (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Term: Summer I


  • ENTR3346: Family Business in Italy
  • ENTR3348: Family Business: A Global Perspective

Information Sessions: November 10, 6pm, 229 Richards Hall and November 12, 6pm, 239 Richards Hall


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The Family Business Studies Italy Dialogue provides students with:

  • a comprehensive contemporary overview of Italian family business dynamics, politics, history, culture ,and society, with an intentional focus on the comparisons between Northern Italy versus Southern Italy. Through formal and informal activities (lectures, company and historical site visits, dialogues), students engage with NU professors, plus guest lecturers, and Italian family business leaders in dialogue and discussion of contemporary challenges sustaining business across generations as well as related topics concerning impact of current events, culture, history, and global issues.
  • an understanding of: why families continue to play such a large role in some of the most prominent firms in emerging and mature economies? how families in business manage to maintain ownership control, yet divest of unrelated business ventures? how Italian family businesses internationalize yet maintain control?

Italy: Italian Language and Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Mantova, Italy

Faculty Leader: Alessio Tognetti (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan

Term: Summer I


  • ITLN2301/2302/3301/3302 Italian Language Immersion
  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad


Have you been in Italy before ? Had a great time, but came back feeling like deep down you never really left the US?    You are not alone.                    That is what  our Dialogue of Civilization is tailored for.  During this 1 month program  you will not only get to follow intensive language and culture courses, but you will get to experience the true “secret life” of Italy, the one that you do not get to see on tv or in movies. Our program main location, Mantova is uniquely suited for this task: Mantova is a small but rich city, it numbers only 50,000 inhabitants, but it has all the comfort of a larger metropolis: restaurants, museums, bars, café, internet etc. Despite its modernity, Mantova still maintains extremely close ties to its cultural past, and for a city that is 4000 years old , there is lots of that .  This unique blend will allow for one of the best cultural and linguistic immersion: the kind that provide authenticity without compromising safety or comfort.

The experience will be 4 fold:  1 = intensive Italian courses  5 days a week 5 hours per day.  2 = Culture class 3 days a week 2 hours per day. 3 = Field trip and exploration. Every weekend using Mantova as our home base we will explore the territory of northern Italy , from Romeo & Giulietta Verona, to the lakes and the alps. 4 = free time, this is where you, the student, has the opportunity to get their feet wet in the culture and language. You may get additional information at

Italy: Italy and the Scientific Revolutions

Dialogue of Civilizations | Florence, Italy

Faculty Leader: Waleed Meleis (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Term: Summer II

Information Session: Monday, November 3, 6-7pm, 160 Richards Hall *Food and Refreshments Will Be Served*


GE 1210: Scientific Revolutions Abroad
ITLNXXX: Italian Language Immersion (level depends on placement)

Description: This Dialogue studies two revolutions in scientific thought: the Scientific Revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries and the computational revolution of the 20th century.  We begin with an exploration of the Scientific Revolution, as exemplified by the work of Copernicus and Galileo in Italy.  From our base in Florence and Rome, the heart of the Italian Renaissance, we trace the evolution of scientific thought from the 16th through 18th centuries.  We study the natural connections between the history of science taking place during the Italian Renaissance through scientific outings to local museums, observatories, universities, laboratories and archaeological sites.  We then contrast this material with key results from chaos theory, computational complexity, logic, physics, quantum mechanics, and the theory of computation, all developed in the 20th century.  Students will visit key historical, cultural and artistic sites in Florence, Rome, Pisa, Bologna, and Vinci. 

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Italy: Photography and Art History of Rome and Venice

Dialogue of Civilizations | Venice, Italy

Faculty Leaders:  Andrea Greitzer ( Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan ( Information Sessions: October 20th, 5:30pm, 305 Ryder October 29th 5:30pm, 305 Ryder Term: Summer I Courses:

  • ARTE 2500 Art and Design Abroad: Studio-Photo Basics
  • ARTE 2501 Art and Design Abroad: Italian Culture through Architecture
  • ARTE 2501 Art and Design Abroad: Italian Culture through Art History

Every student will register for Photo Basics. Students may choose to take either Italian Culture Through Art History or Italian Culture Through Architecture. Description: The Rome/Venice dialog is in its 10th year. Students become a part of the Italian ethos; they eat, shop, live, take classes, and do business in the cities on a daily basis. Student’s firsts travel to Rome and spend 1 week learning about the city as well as photography in it. Then, by train, we travel to Venice, there we spend 4 weeks studying the culture of this unique city and photographing in it.

Italy: Sustainable Waste Management, European Practices for Resource Recovery and Environmental Protection

Dialogue of Civilizations | Cagliari, Italy

Faculty Leader: Annalisa Onnis-Hayden (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Information Sessions: October 30, 6pm, 210 Shillman Hall *Pizza and Refreshments Will Be Served*


  • CIVE 4540: Resource Recovery and Waste Treatment Technologies Abroad
  • CIVE 4541: Waste Management and Policy Abroad


Humans have a tremendous impact on the environment through simple use of resources, particularly if we look at the equation from cradle to grave. Much resource use results in waste, either as a byproduct or an end result. Solid waste creates a significant environmental problem on many levels. It often signifies inefficient use of resources, it contributes to land use issues (e.g. landfills) and it can initiate pollution in other mediums such as air, soil and water (e.g. incineration or leachate from landfills). We have a mounting problem with solid waste management in our society and world. The two courses will explore the engineering, science, environmental impacts, and policy issues pertinent to waste management in Europe.