Wake Forest University Venice at Casa Artom:
Italian Language Studies
***This program will not be running for Summer 2014***
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. Piazza 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 on their own other parts of Italy such as Rome, Florence, Pompeii, Sicily among others.
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 .
Summer Session I, May 19 - June 16, 2013
Dr. Roberta Morosini will be offering three courses for the summer program. Students will enroll in one Italian language course or a humanities course.
ITA 113V Intensive Elementary Italian in an Immersion Setting (4h) Intensive course for beginners, emphasizing the structure of the language and oral practice. Credit cannot be given for both ITA 113V and ITA 112.
ITA 153V Intermediate Italian (4h) Continuation of 113 with emphasis on speaking, developing student's reading and writing skills and preparing them for oral and written discussions of literary texts in ITA 212 or 213.
ENG 342 Boccaccio's Decameron. Florence or....sex in the city in Mediterranean Italy (cross-listed with Medieval Studies Program). This class studies the role of sex and sexuality in the Decameron, where 100 stories are narrated by 10 people in 10 days. The ultimate protagonist of the story is Tuscany and the city of Florence, within the context of Mediterranean Italy. 2013 celebrates the seven hundredth anniversary of Boccaccio's birth. The class will be offered in Venice with a one week visit to the Medieval town of Certaldo (close to San Gimignano) Boccaccio's birth place in Tuscany. The course will conclude at Casa Artom with the international conference, Boccaccio Veneto: 700 years of cultural crossing in Mediterranean Venice, 1300-1600.
***ENG 342 can also be taken as ITL 200 level credit. Different assignments will be given in Italian if you wish to take it as a 200 level Italian course.
Excursions and Activities
Weekly Italian cooking lessons will be offered in Casa Artom which will offer special insight into the local cuisine. The first week, the class will make pasta. Excursions to Verona, Padua and Florence are included in the program fee. In addition to these, students will have organized group outings that will introduce them to both Italian culture and serve as practice to what is being studied. Students will have the opportunity to experience what the Italians call "Agriturismo" with visits to a parmesan farm, a balsamic vinegar farm and to the University of Gelato in the Emilia Romagna region.
Program Fee - $2,981
Casa Artom can accommodate 18 students. There are eleven 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 may bring their laptop computers. The faculty director has a suite upstairs consisting of two bedrooms and a bath. Washers and dryers are available in the laundry room. Casa Artom is conveniently located close to the Academia, the Guggenheim Museum, churches, restaurants, coffee houses, and small grocery stores. Participants reside at Casa Artom where they will share rooms with other students.
The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:
*Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
*Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2013 summer rate is $880/per credit hour.
*Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
*Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.
Tuition (4hrs) -$3,520
Airfare (estimated) - $1,500
Personal Expenses (estimated) - $1,000
Estimated total cost - $9,001
The resident professor is responsible for the selection of each group based on the following criteria:
* Social and emotional maturity
*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.
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 program direcotr. Students may apply for additional scholarships through the Center for International Studies.
Dr. Roberta Morosini, Associate Professor of Italian
521 Greene Hall
30123 Venice, Italy