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  • Locations: Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall: WFU House, Spring: WFU House
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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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 Consulate 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.
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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 Consulate 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 1.5 hour 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.

It is the student’s responsibility to speak to their major and minor advisor(s) regarding their abroad coursework and how (or if) it will count towards their degree plan.

Standard Courses
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.
 

Fall 2018 with Dr. Jeff Holdridge, English

Dr. Holdridge will teach will teach the following courses from his discipline:

ENG 150 Literature Interprets the World: Southern Italy (3h) (D)
Introduction to ways literary artists shape experience, focusing on one topic or selected topics: primarily discussion; writing intensive.

ENG 302 Ideas in Literature: Venice (3h) (D)
Study of a significant literary theme in selected works.

Other possible courses offered will include two electives taught by local professors. 

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

HST 119 Venice and the World (3h) (CD, D)
Traces the role of Venice as 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.

ECN 271 The Political Economy of Italy (3H) (D)
Traces the role of Venice as an important cultural, military, and economic power from its founding in the 8th century to today.
Satisfies the Division IV requirement.

Spring 2019 with Dr. Christian Waugh, Psychology

Dr. Waugh will teach the following courses from his discipline:

PSY 260 Social Psychology (3h)

Surveys the field, including theories of social behavior, interpersonal attraction, attitudes and attitude change, and group behavior. 

PSY 317 Stress and Coping (3h) (D)
TBD

Other possible courses offered will include two electives taught by local professors. 

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

HST 119 Venice and the World (3h) (CD, D)
Traces the role of Venice as 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.

ECN 271 The Political Economy of Italy (3H) (D)
Traces the role of Venice as an important cultural, military, and economic power from its founding in the 8th century to today.
Satisfies the Division IV requirement.

Fall 2019 with Dr. Jim Curran, Biology

Dr. Curran will teach the following courses from his discipline:

BIO 301 History of Infectious Disease (2h)


BIO 326 Microbiology (4h)
Structure, function, and taxonomy of microorganisms with emphasis on bacteria.  Topics include microbial ecology, industrial microbiology, and medical microbiology.  Lab emphasizes microbial diversity through characterizations of isolates from nature.

Other possible courses offered will include two electives taught by local professors. 

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

HST 119 Venice and the World (3h) (CD, D)
Traces the role of Venice as 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.

ECN 271 The Political Economy of Italy (3H) (D)
Traces the role of Venice as an important cultural, military, and economic power from its founding in the 8th century to today.
Satisfies the Division IV requirement.

Spring 2020 with Dr. Page West, Business

BEM 371 Strategic Management (3h)
Focuses on the derivation of competitive advantage and sustainable, superior performance by organizations. Emphasizes the shape, character, and overall direction of the total enterprise, and the activities of managers who are responsible for achieving strategic coordination and coherence across functions and divisions. Course content includes analyzing the effects of industry and competitive environments on the firm, determining the basis upon which the firm should compete, formulating and implementing integrative action plans, and strategic leadership. Strategy analysis frameworks are applied to situations including for-profit and nonprofit organizations, diversification, global strategy, and strategic change. This is a discussion-oriented class in which principles of strategic management are applied to complex case studies. Satisfies the requirement for all BEM, FIN, and ACC majors. 

BEM 375/ECN 290 Merchants of Venice: From Mercantilism to Global Capitalism (3h) GTCS
Explores how Venetian and Italian commercial history led into the development of commerce, mercantilism, and 21st century global trade. 
Satisfies BEM concentration in International or Consulting. Counts as credit toward Global Trade & Commerce minor. Satisfies and Economics major credit.

Other possible courses offered will include two electives taught by local professors. 

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

HST 119 Venice and the World (3h) (CD, D)
Traces the role of Venice as 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.

ECN 271 The Political Economy of Italy (3H) (D)
Traces the role of Venice as an important cultural, military, and economic power from its founding in the 8th century to today.
Satisfies the Division IV requirement.
 
Faculty Resident Professor
Fall 2017: Dr. Charles Wilkins, History, wilkincl@wfu.edu
Spring 2018: Dr. Jeff Katula, Health & Exercise Science, katulaj@wfu.edu
Fall 2018: Dr. Jeff Holdridge, English, holdrij@wfu.edu
Spring 2019: Dr. Christian Waugh, Psychology, waughce@wfu.edu
Fall 2019: Dr. Jim Curran, Biology, curran@wfu.edu
Spring 2020: Dr. Page West, Business, westgp@wfu.edu
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
Associate Director for Study Abroad
Center for Global Programs and Studies
116 Reynolda Hall
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
Testimonials  
 
 
 



This program is currently not accepting applications.