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WFU/Venice: Casa Artom
Venice, Italy
Program Terms: Fall: WFU House,
Spring: WFU House
Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall: WFU House 2015 10/24/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 GPA Requirement:
2.00
 Class Status:
2 semesters completed
 Language of Instruction:
English, Italian
 Language Courses Offered:
Italian
 Prior Language Study Required:
None
 Housing:
WFU House
 Open to non-WFU Students:
No
 Academic Areas Offered:
Art, Italian
Program Description:

Discover Venice at WFU Casa Artom

Explore the magnificent sights, narrow streets, canals, and piazzas of Venice, the city surrounded by water.  Each semester, Wake students reside at Casa Artom, an historic site once home to the American Embassy located on the Grand Canal and flanked by the Peggy Guggenheim Art Museum and the charming 15th century home Ca'Dario.  A WFU faculty member serves as resident professor and lives with the students while teaching and overseeing the academic program in a city that not only captures your attention with its beauty but also provides opportunities to attend cultural activities and festivals including Venice Biennale, Venice Film Festival, Regatta Storica on the Grand Canal, Carnevale, and the Festa della Madonna della Salute.
Casa Artom
Overview Explore the magnificent sights, narrow streets, canals, and piazzas of Venice, the city surrounded by water.  Each semester, Wake students reside at Casa Artom, an historic site once home to the American Embassy located on the Grand Canal and flanked by the Peggy Guggenheim Art Museum and the charming 15th century home Ca'Dario.  A WFU faculty member serves as resident professor and lives with the students while teaching and overseeing the academic program in a city that not only captures your attention with its beauty but also provides opportunities to attend cultural activities and festivals including Venice Biennale, Venice Film Festival, Regatta Storica on the Grand Canal, Carnevale, and the Festa della Madonna della Salute.
Location Surrounded by water, Venice is an enchanting city built on 117 small islands. Its magnificent sights are best seen by walking along the narrow streets, crossing the many canals, and meandering through the piazzas. The Piazza di San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, and the Rialto bridge are three among numerous sites that make Venice an unforgettable city. In addition, Wake Forest students may conveniently explore other parts of Italy including Rome, Florence, Pompeii, and Sicily.

In 1971, the University, with the assistance of Graham Martin, Ambassador to Italy and Wake Forest alumnus, leased the building that formerly housed the American Consulate. In 1974, the building was purchased by Wake Forest and named Casa Artom in honor of Dr. Camillo Artom, a professor at the Baptist Medical Center until 1969. His wife, Bianca Ara Artom, taught Italian at Wake Forest for many years and served as the director of Casa Artom during the summers until her death in 1994.

Casa Artom is a magnificent two-story building facing the Grand Canal. It is flanked by the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, which houses the Peggy Guggenheim art collection, and the magnificent 15th century home Ca'Dario.

Click the following link for pictures of Casa Artom: Casa Artom Photographs.
Program Each fall and spring semester, a group of Wake Forest students and a Resident Professor live and study together at Casa Artom. Many returning students cite the close relationships formed not only among students but also between students and the Resident Professor as a highlight of the program. All students take four courses taught in English and an Italian language course. While all classes are held at Casa Artom each professor sees the city of Venice as their classroom and often take the students out exploring.  Local Italian professors teach language courses and courses within other disciplines including Art, History and Literature. Local staff coordinate Venice Today, a 1.5hour pass/fail course all students take.  In addition, the Wake Forest Resident Professor teaches two courses from his/her discipline. Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday, leaving a three-day weekend to explore Venice or travel to other destinations.

Fall 2014 Program Information with Dr. Alessandra Von Burg

COM 110 Public Speaking (3h) (D)
Study of the theory and practice of public address.  Lab experiences in the preparation, delivery, and critique of informative and persuasive speeches.
Satisfies the Division IV requirement or can be taken for Communication major credit with additional work.

COM 370 Italian Citizenship behind the Scenes and beyond the Stereotypes (3h)
This class will explore civic life in Italy, in the ways it developed through history and how it is enacted in present times, in addition to how it relates to social and cultural practices.
We will visit town halls, meet local and regional officials, and take tours of governmental facilities, including schools, libraries, hospitals, churches, in and outside of Venice.

HST 119 Venice and the World (3h) (D)
Traces the role of Venice s an important cultural, military and economic power, from its founding in the 8th century to today.
Satisfies the Division I requirement or can be taken for History major credit

ART 269 Venetian Renaissance Art (3h) (D)
A survey of the art of the Venetian Renaissance, with slide lectures and museum visits.

Italian Language (3h or 4h)
Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced (Prior study of Italian is not required)

HMN 160 Venice Today (1.5h, p/f)
Using Venice as the classroom, students will examine the history of the city, through its buildings, urban planning, arts, and artifacts.  Includes regular conversations with Italian university students.


Spring 2015 Program Information with Dr. Dean Franco

ENG 150 On Being a Stranger (3h) (D)

ENG 302 Who Owns Europe?: Empire, Citizenship, and Rights (3h) (also offered as ENG 302 for non-English majors/minors)

Italian Language (3h or 4h)
Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced (Prior study of Italian is not required)

HST 119 Venice and the World (3h) (D)
Traces the role of Venice s an important cultural, military and economic power, from its founding in the 8th century to today.
Satisfies the Division I requirement or can be taken for History major credit

ART 269 Venetian Renaissance Art (3h) (D)
A survey of the art of the Venetian Renaissance, with slide lectures and museum visits.

HMN 160 Venice Today (1.5h) (p/f)
Using Venice as the classroom, students will examine the history of the city, through its buildings, urban planning, arts, and artifacts.


Fall 2015 Program Information with Dr. Jacqui Carrasco

ESE 310 Arts Entrepreneurship (3h) Cross listed with MUS 285 Special Topics: Arts Entrepreneurship
In Arts Entrepreneurship at Casa Artom, students will explore entrepreneurial processes and practices in a range of artistic disciplines, with a unique focus on arts organizations and activity in Venice, including the internationally-known and multi-disciplinary Venice Biennale, which occurs again in the fall of 2015.  Taught in seminar style, the course will include analysis and discussion of innovative global trends in the content, presentation and marketing of the arts through direct encounters with Venetian artists and also through case studies.  Students will also examine the broader issues facing the arts in Italy and elsewhere, including new economic, technological and commercial challenges for arts groups.  The class will culminate with students researching and creating proposals for new artistic ventures specific to Venice. Satisfies either ESE elective credit or MUS major/minor elective credit.

MUS 214 Italian Music (3h) (D)
This course surveys Italian art music though the centuries, with a focus on great composers who lived in and were inspired by Venice, such as Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi, and Antonio Vivaldi.  From instrumental music to opera and even jazz, the course will examine trends and styles unique to Italian composers and musicians while also offering a broader context for Italian music.  The course will include both in-house performances from Dr. Carrasco and trips to hear live concerts in Venice.  Satisfies the Division III requirement as well as MUS major/minor elective credit. 

Italian Language (3h or 4h)
Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced (Prior study of Italian is not required)

HST 119 Venice and the World (3h) (D)
Traces the role of Venice s an important cultural, military and economic power, from its founding in the 8th century to today.
Satisfies the Division I requirement or can be taken for History major credit

ART 269 Venetian Renaissance Art (3h) (D)
A survey of the art of the Venetian Renaissance, with slide lectures and museum visits.

ECN 271 Selected Areas in Economics: The Political Economy of Italy (3h) (D)
Satisfies the Division IV requirement or can be taken for Economics major or minor credit 

HMN 160 Venice Today (1.5h) (p/f)
Using Venice as the classroom, students will examine the history of the city, through its buildings, urban planning, arts, and artifacts.


Spring 2016 Program Information with Dr. Wanda Balzano

WGS 221 Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Italy and the U.S. (3h)
This course offers an interdisciplinary study of questions raised by women’s and gender studies on topics such as sexualities, cultural politics, global feminisms, and men’s studies. The contexts examined will be local and global, paying attention to feminist thought in Italy and the U.S. Other than the assumption that gender inequity is unjust, this course assumes no single political perspective. It strives to train students in analytical thinking and presses them to think critically about gender in the past, present, and future. Our class will be discussion oriented; guest lectures, local events, and media materials will supplement the readings, class lectures, and dialogues.  We will also benefit from field trips to the most important research and cultural center in Venice and in northern Italy for the advancement of women and minorities, the “Centro Donna.” Some of our extra-curricular activities, such as film screenings followed by discussions, will be conducted in conjunction with local students of the University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari and of VIU, Venice International University.

This course fulfills the cultural diversity requirement.

WGS 377/ENG 302/AES 358 Gendered Connections: Italy and the Anglo-American Imagination (3h)
This course will explore “masculinity” and “femininity” in the comparative context of Anglo-American and Italian representations, suggesting that they are always socially constructed and historically specific. Beginning with Othello, we will establish the relevant framework of otherness, following cultural co-ordinates such as British/Italian, Venice/Orient, heterosexual/homosexual, dark skin/white skin, and the European and Italian North/South. We will study how the symbolic and cultural value of otherness is re-negotiated in a number of texts that offer significant perspectives on Italy and the Anglo-American imagination. In the critical analysis of the literature under review we will pay close attention to the ways in which feminism and post-colonialism interconnect, focusing on a range of cultural forces such as religion, history, emigration, class divisions, and political allegiance. We will focus on issues of gender/ethnic representation and make comparisons among the writers and the genres they elect to use. The class will be run on a seminar rather than lecture basis.

Italian Language (3h or 4h)
Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced. (Prior study of Italian is not required.)

HST 119 Venice and the World (3h) (D)
Traces the role of Venice s an important cultural, military and economic power, from its founding in the 8th century to today.
Satisfies the Division I requirement or can be taken for History major credit.

ART 269 Venetian Renaissance Art (3h) (D)
A survey of the art of the Venetian Renaissance, with slide lectures and museum visits.

HMN 160 Venice Today (1.5h) (p/f)
Using Venice as the classroom, students will examine the history of the city, through its buildings, urban planning, arts, and artifacts.
Faculty Resident Professor
Fall 2014: Alessandra Von Burg, Communication
Spring 2015: Dean Franco, English
Fall 2015: Jacqui Carrasco, Music & Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
Spring 2016: Wanda Balzano, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Accommodation Casa Artom can accommodate twenty students. The house has bedrooms, a library, classrooms, a dining room, a living room, two kitchens, a patio, and an open courtyard. Modern kitchen facilities are available, and students often prefer to cook their meals together in the house. The house is wired for Internet access and students should bring their laptop computers. The Resident Professor has a suite upstairs consisting of two bedrooms and a bath. Washers and dryers are available in the laundry room.

Click the following link for pictures of Casa Artom: Casa Artom Photographs.
Excursions  
Selection The Resident Professor is responsible for the selection of each group based on the following criteria:
  • Academic suitability
  • Social and emotional maturity
  • Classification (seniors given some priority)
  • Priority may be given to students that have completed Italian 111 or 113
  • Seriousness of the student in pursuing the academic and cultural aims of the program
  • Applicability of the program to the student's interests and studies

Majors in all disciplines are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Costs Students pay current Wake Forest tuition and housing fees. Students are responsible for all meals, round-trip airfare, additional travel, books, visa fees and other personal expenses.  Students on this program are elgiblge for additional scholarships.
Scholarships Special scholarships for study at Casa Artom are available through the Camillo Artom Fund and the Hubert Humphrey Studies Abroad Scholarship. Interested students should apply through the Center for Global Programs and Studies. Students are also eligible for additional scholarships through the Center for Global Programs and Studies (Reynolda Hall 116).
Contact Dr. Peter Kairoff
Program Director of Casa Artom and Professor of Music
Phone: (336) 758 5369
E-mail: kairoff@wfu.edu

Jessica Francis
Assistant Director for Study Abroad
Center for Global Programs and Studies
Phone: (336) 758 3890
E-mail: francija@wfu.edu

House Address:
Casa Artom
Dorsoduro 699
San Gregorio
30123 Venice, Italy
Phone: 011-39-041-522-2709
Fax: 011-39-041-522-0277
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