NEWS FROM
BCSP
for consortium members
and associated universities
Sept/Oct 2009, newsletter. N. 2

IN THIS ISSUE

New Student Blogs & Documentaries
Calendar of Upcoming Events
New Presession Activity
Student Neighborhood Description
Student Trip Slideshows
Student *Spotlights*

16 students comprise this year's annual group and represent: Barnard College, Hampshire College, Indiana University, Mount Holyoke College, Northwestern University, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame and University of Wisconsin.

They arrived on August 24th, and immediately began their search for housing with Italian students. Orientation included meetings and activities such as: the welcome dinner at a local pizzeria, bus tour of Bologna, pizza party at the Director's house, meeting with an American doctor practicing for many years in Bologna, presentation by Bologna police officials on safety and cultural issues related to safety, general pre-academic meeting with Director Ricci, visits to local libraries and a sample UNIBO class.

The Presession began on August 31st. The purpose of these initial three weeks of classes is to integrate and immerse students in the Italian language and culture, a part of which includes excusions within Bologna and to destinations that students normally would not be able to reach on their own.

STUDENT BLOGS & DOCUMENTARIES

Thanks to two exceptionally creative and talented students - Maria Segenberger, University of Notre Dame & Sky Dylan-Robbins, Northwestern University - we have added a new menu to the BCSP website featuring blogs and videos dedicated to student life in Bologna. Follow Maria, an engaging storyteller, through her daily adventures and travels.

Watch Sky, the 'Food Girl', make cupcakes with her roommates and shape pasta by hand along with 'nonna Assunta' at Bologna's Trattoria La Traviata- all part of her brilliant documentary series: 'un'AMERICANAinITALIA'

www.bcsp.unibo.it/student%20blogs/student_blogs.htm

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

Thanksgiving dinner for students and professors at the Scacco Matto restaurant

BCSP courses end Thursday, December 10, 2009

UNIBO fall semester ends Wednesday, December 23, 2009

NEW PRESESSION ACTIVITY

Resident Director Andrea Ricci and Presession Professor Clara Piovaccari brought students to characteristic and historic bakeries and markets in the city center for a 'degustazione'- students sampled typical bolognese food, such as 'mortadella', 'prosciutto', 'parmigiano', local breads and pastries. Atti (the photo to the left) was founded in year 1800 and has always been located in via degli Orefici, just off of the main square, Piazza Maggiore. Tamburini, just around the corner in via Caprarie, has been part of Bologna's gastronomic tradition since 1932.

http://www.tamburini.com/ 

 

STUDENT NEIGHBORHOOD DESCRIPTION: BY ANNE STUCKEY, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA - via del Porto, Bologna

"I live at the end of via del Porto, a block down from MAMBO (Bologna's Museum of Modern Art). Not being from a city, I love my location. From my kitchen window all I see are trees from a nearby park. The area is very calm and pretty, although it's much newer and lacks the traditional porticos. Though I'm near the city walls, it's not a long walk to get anywhere, which was important to me.

Being a more residential area and less studenty, my apartment is really nice, with a rational floorplan (something that's rare in the university district). It can be a little quiet at night walking home, but there's a popular pizzeria on the bottom of my building, so it's rarely completely deserted. I'd definitely recommend my area!"

We recently discovered that the New York Times also recommends Anne's area to its travel section readers as the newly revived, artsy northwest part of town:

"http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/02/24/travel/24dayout.html?scp=3 &sq=Bologna%20Italy&st=tcse"

STUDENT TRIP SLIDESHOWS
Click on the links below for pictures of presession parties and excusions to Ravenna and Urbino:

http://www.bcsp.unibo.it/events/events_parties.htm
http://www.bcsp.unibo.it/events/events_Ravenna.htm
http://www.bcsp.unibo.it/events/events_Urbino.htm

STUDENT SPOTLIGHTS

ALEXANDRA EKSTEIN-KON
Mount Holyoke College
Collezioni Comunali d'Arte (Bologna city's art collection)
Piazza Maggiore 6

RODOLFO DISI PAVLIC
University of Notre Dame
Museo Civico Medievale (Bologna's medieval museum)
via Manzoni 4


Under the guidance of BCSP professor, Giancarlo Benevolo, both Alexandra and Rodolfo will prepare and give guided tours in English at their assigned museums as part of Bologna's Civic Antique Art Museum program 'Afternoon in museum' (i Musei Civici d'Arte Antica di Bologna, 'pomeriggio al museo'). Through this internship, Alexandra and Rodolfo will build their researching skills and their abilities to interact with and educate the public. Alexandra is also translating from Italian to English the descriptive panels in the various exhibition rooms and the plates under the works of art.

Rodolfo's first guided tour of Bologna's Medieval Museum was on Saturday, October 10. Sky Dylan-Robbins, 'un'AMERICANAinITALIA' (see Student Blogs & Documentaries above) kindly filmed the event. To watch the highlights of Rodolfo's tour click on the photo for the new BCSP YouTube channel:

Rodolfo's next guided tour will be on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 4:30pm.

Alexandra's first guided tour will be on Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 4:30pm.

http://www.comune.bologna.it/iperbole/MuseiCivici/index.html