Archive for February, 2014

VIU Movie Series: “Il Gattopardo”

Posted on: February 28th, 2014 by intern No Comments
Monday, March 3rd, 5pm, room 9A

VIU Movie series: “Il Gattopardo” 1963

“The Leopard” by Luchino Visconti
185 mins, starring Bart Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale, Italian with English subtitlesA Sicilian aristocrat, skeptical about progress, accepts annexation into the new liberal Kingdom of unified Italy, so that  things “remain the same”. Set in 1860 Palermo and vicinities. Based on Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s novel. Golden Palm at the Cannes Festival 1963. Arguably, this movie is for Italy what “Gone with the Wind” is for the US.


Available Spots for the Trip to the Wetlands Area of Cà di Mezzo

Posted on: February 27th, 2014 by intern No Comments


The wetlands area in Ca’ di Mezzo is located in the municipality of Codevigo, in the province of Padua, on the border with the town of Chioggia, near Venice. It was artificially created in 2000 with funds allocated by the Veneto Region to the land reclamation authority of the rivers  Adige and Bacchiglione. The purpose was the reclamation of the Lagoon of Venice through a system of phyto-depuration. The area is a wetland marsh ecosystem completely rebuilt on land previously used for agricultural purposes. The area covers about 30 acres between the Bacchiglione River and the Canal Morto. The phyto-depuration system collects the waters of the Altopiano canal and removes about half the nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended solids before they enter the lagoon of Venice.
The restoration of the environment also enabled the establishment and reproduction of birds, restocking and protection of wildlife migratory and sedentary.

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FREE SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE: please send today an email to confirmate to by 3 pm

An Evening on Ice! Let’s Go Ice Skating

Posted on: February 24th, 2014 by intern No Comments
Monday, February 26th, 5 pm Meeting point: 4.50 pm San Servolo boat stop or 5 pm San Zaccaria line 20 boat stop.

For those of you who have classes, you can join us directly in Campo San Polo afterwards.

As promised, we’ll take you to Campo San Polo to ice skate. Entrance fee is 8 euros, skate rental included. Wearing gloves is compulsory to access the ring, so don’t forget them! Otherwise you will have to buy them on the spot for the price of 5 euros. working_gloves_l_4861

Here the link with all information about timetable and how to get there.


“Il Divo”: the Movie Proposed by Italian Students

Posted on: February 21st, 2014 by intern No Comments
Monday, February 24th, 5 pm, room 9A

VIU Movie series – proposal by Italian students:
“Il Divo” 2008


“Il divo: la straordianria vita di Giulio Andreotti” by Paolo Sorrentino, starring Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti, 110 mins, color, Italian with English subtititles.

The movie tells the story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, seven times Prime Minister of Italy since the restoration of democracy in 1946 and notorious for his alleged ties to the Mafia.
The narration spans the period from Andreotti’s seventh election in 1992 to the Tangentopoli bribe scandal, until his trial in 1995.

Awarded with the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2008.


Spring 2014 Opening Ceremony

Posted on: February 15th, 2014 by intern No Comments

Globalization Program – Opening Ceremony – SPRING 2014.

February 20th – 4.15 pm.

Dear students,

all our team at VIU is glad to warmly welcome all of you to the Spring 2014 Opening Ceremony that will take place on Thursday, February 20th at 4.15 pm.

The ceremony will be a great opportunity for you to get to know each other, to meet all the professors, the President and the Dean of VIU. International students, and italian students as well, will take part in the event.

Please note that attendance to the Opening Ceremony is compulsory for all students.

The Ceremony will start with

- Opening remarks by President Umberto Vattani and Dean Agar Brugiavini

followed by

- Lectio Magistralis: Earth’s Climate: Past, Present…and Future by Prof. Carlo Barbante, Director of the Italian National Research Council’s Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes (CNR), and Full Professor at Cà Foscari University of Venice.

The Lectio will focus on the pivotal issue of the climate of our planet, which is changing at an unprecedented rate, and it will explore scientists’ procedures which help us to reconstruct complex climate dynamics and improve climate models.

The Ceremony will be followed by an aperitif offered by VIU, which is meant to be a relaxed moment for you to get in touch with new colleagues and friends!




Spring 2014 Orientation Week

Posted on: February 15th, 2014 by intern No Comments


  Globalization Program – SPRING 2014.

  Orientation Week: February 17 – 21, 2014.


10.00 AM

Welcome Coffee



Introduction to the Globalization Program by the Director of the School of Humanities
and Social Sciences, Prof. Luca Pes.
Room 1-G



Followed by orientation to: PC rooms / VIU Library / Island facilities


12.00 PM

Faculty Meeting



VIU Meeting Room (followed by faculty lunch in the cafeteria)


2.30 PM

Course presentations



by the faculty of the Spring 2014  Term
Room 1-G


9.15 AM

Meeting with NON-EU students
Information regarding the residency permit will be provided. Bring all documents required for residency permit to the meeting
Room 9-A


10.50 AM

Ferry at San Servolo or appointment at San Zaccaria line 20 boat stop at 11.00 am 



City Tour:
Banks / Post office / Supermarkets / ACTV Imob Card and Ferry Monthly Pass


8.30 AM

Visit to Venice city libraries



Ferry at 8.25 am from S. Servolo or appointment at San Zaccaria line 20 boat stop
 at 8.30 am



Asac – Biennale Library
Giorgio Cini Foundation Library


Venice in the Movies

Room 9-C


2.00 PM



4.00 PM

Pane e Tulipani 


12.00 PM

Historical Guided tour of
San Servolo island



Meeting point: VIU Front Office 


2.15 PM

Italian for Foreigners: Placement test



Room 9-A, 9-B


3.00 PM

Venice Research District International Scholars social coffee 



Sala Basaglia


4.15 PM

Opening Ceremony  of the Spring 2014 Term



Lectio Magistralis
Earth’s Climate: Past, Present … and Future by Prof. Carlo Barbante (CNR,
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)



6.00 PM




Sala Basaglia


11.00 AM

Visit to the Barovier & Toso Glass Factory and  Berengo Studio Glass Factory


Monday (24/02) VIU Movie Series :ITALIAN proposal

Posted on: February 15th, 2014 by intern No Comments



Monday, February 24th at 5.00 PM: VIU Movie Series – Movie proposal by ITALIAN students.

Room 9 -A


Dear Italian students,

VIU “Movie Series” is part of the VIU co-curricular activities. According to our vision, screening movies of different countries is a way to explore new cultures and tradition. Furthermore it’s a nice occasion to spend time together and relax yourself after your classes.

Each Monday at 5.00 pm we will agree on a movie to watch in Room 9-A.

On Monday, Feb 24, 5 pm, we have scheduled to screen and present an Italian movie.

For this we need your cooperation: which movie can better represent your country, your culture, your life as university students, or a peculiar feature of Italian culture?

If you can talk to each other and agree on a movie, please send us your final proposal by Thursday, Feb. 20th at 2 pm or, alternatively, send us your single proposals by email at

In addition to that we need a volunteer (individual or a group presentation) to briefly introduce the movie on the day of the screening. In the introduction you will have to explain in a few words the reason of the selection and the importance of the movie.




Venice in the movies – “Summertime” and “Pane e Tulipani”

Posted on: February 14th, 2014 by intern No Comments



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Wednesday, February 19
Room 9C – 2 p.m.

(“Summertime”, 1955), by David Lean, 96 mins, starring Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi, Isa Miranda, color, English, Italian with English subtitles

Jane Hudson, a jaunty as well as attractive middle-aged secretary from Akron, Ohio, has finally made it to Venice for her long-awaited dream vacation. Never-married Jane is content to go it mostly alone but will soon discovers that even in a city as beautiful and fascinating as Venice, going it alone can still leave one feeling terribly lonely.

Room 9C  – 4 p.m.

(“Bread and tulips”, 2000), by Silvio Soldini, 116 mins, starring, Licia Maglietta, Bruno Ganz, Giuseppe Battiston, color, Italian with English subtitles

A housewife from Pescara, while on holiday trip with the family, is forgotten in a roadside café by her husband and sons. She decides to go to Venice and remain there. Won David di Donatello Award as Best Movie (2000).