Archive for April, 2014

VIU Movie Series – Movie Proposal by Japanese Students

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by intern No Comments


“Always: Sunset on Third Street” (2005)

Wednesday, May 7th, 5 pm, Room 9A



Leaving her provincial home, teenage Mutsuko arrives in Tokyo by train to take a job in a major automotive company but finds that she is employed by a small auto repair shop owned by Norifumi Suzuki. Suzuki’s hair-trigger temper is held somewhat in check by the motherly instincts of his wife, Tomoe, and his young son Ippei immediately bonds with Mutsuko as if she were his older sister. The Suzuki shop lies almost in the shadow of the Tokyo Tower as it rises steadily above the skyline during construction in 1958. Others in the neighborhood also are striving to better themselves as Japan continues to emerge from the shadow of war. Hiromi has just abandoned her shady life as a dancer to start a sake bar. Abandoned by his single mother, young Junnosuke is first handed off to Hiromi but she passes him off to Ryunosuke Chagawa, a struggling writer who runs a candy shop and only manages to sell adventure stories for boys as his serious novels continue to be rejected. Junnosuke is an avid reader of Chagawa’s stories and begins to idolize him upon learning about his authorship. Junnosuke also writes stories, and makes friends with Ippei and others when they discover his tales that show Japan in the hi-tech future of the 21st century.

Movie series: “The Seduction of Mimì”

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by intern No Comments


Monday, May 5th, 5 pm, room 9A

VIU Movie series: “The Seduction of Mimì” 1972

“The seduction of Mimì” 1972, by Lina Wertmüller, 121 mins, starring Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato, color, Italian with English subtitles.Synopsis:Hardheaded Left-wing Sicilian worker, emigrated to Turin, contended by his flower-power communist Northern lover, the Mafia, his wife and, once back in Catania, by the wife of an officer of the Tax Police in an intricate and surreal plot. Award for Best Director at Cannes.

VIU Movie Series – Movie Proposal by Israeli Students

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by intern No Comments

Monday, April 28th, 5 pm, Room 9A

“Turn left at the End of the World” 

“Sof Ha’Olam Smola” (original title), 2004, 110 min.

Director: Avi Nesher





As a family from India moves in to a desert neighborhood in Southern Israel in the 1960′s, the family’s eldest, beautiful daughter discovers friendship and romance with the lovely local French girl. The film also explores the hardships and surprises that come with the integration of multiple families from different ethnic backgrounds (from the diaspora) and their struggle with immigration and prejudice.



Spring 2014 – Photoshooting and Video Contest

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by intern No Comments





The nomination for the best Spring 2014 VIU Photo and the best Spring 2014 VIU Video will be for the following categories:

1-    Venice in Everyday Life: What is really different in Venice, beyond the obvious, compared to other cities in the world? You will have to focus of what living in Venice means and on how students and inhabitants of Venice cope with the difficult situations that arise everyday (transport, massive tourism, bridges, pigeons, high water, etc.). How do you see Venice outside the tourist-routes? Is it possible to capture the true soul of Venice in a single frame?

2-    Academic Life@VIU: How would you narrate the experience of studying at Venice International University? Focus on the unique multicultural experience of joining students and professors of different nationalities and studying challenging courses. Show us your perspectives on VIU academic life.

3-    Multicultural Life inside&outside VIU: What happens during the co-curricular activities? What about your evenings together? And about your trips across Italy and Europe? Because travelling is the greatest way to get to know the others.

Students can submit a maximum of 4 pictures (per category), taken using any device at your disposal, with the least editing possible


one single video of 5 min max., edited using every technique you want. You can add everything, from subtitles to soundtrack, video effects or whatever your creativity suggests!

Materials must be handed in to us (Alberto, Silvia, Stefania) at the Front Office or sent by email ( by May 15th by midnight.
All photos and videos will be uploaded on VIU Facebook Page on May 16th. From that moment on everybody can vote. The photo/video that gets more likes wins. You can vote till May 26th.

The winners will be awarded during the Closing Ceremony.

Besides the Facebook community election, a VIU Faculty Committee will award a Special Jury Prize to the best photo/video for each category.

Treasure Hunt in Venice

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by intern No Comments

Treasure Hunt in Venice  – Wednesday, April 30th




You will be divided into groups and you will be given all the useful instructions to start the treasure hunt.
You’ll have to demonstrate you’ve found solutions; remember to bring a camera (or a mobile phone able to take pictures) with you.
At the end of the game there will be a nice surprise for the winners!

Both Students and Professors are invited to take part in the Treasure Hunt!

To participate, please send us an email.

It will be funny and interesting discovering together hidden features of Venice! Hope to see you numerous and… let’s start warming up then!

Meeting point: San Zaccaria Boat stop at 5.40 pm



Boat Trip to the Industrial Port, Mose, Pellestrina and Sant’Erasmo

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


Friday, May 2nd, all day, Industrial Port, MOSE and Islands

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The Meeting Point is at San Basilio Boat Stop at 9.00 am.
Deadline for confirmation: Friday, April 18th, 3 pm.

The boat trip includes visits to the Industrial Port  and two islands of the lagoon: Pellestrina and S. Erasmo.

This activity is compulsory for the courses “History of Venice” (Prof. Pes), “Coastal Wetlands” (Prof. Marani), “Cities, Global Change” (Prof. Turvani/Costa) and “Globalization, Environment and Sustainable Development” (Prof. Musu). The trip is open to all students and professors.

If you want to participate, please sign up in the list on the door of corridor 9 (only if you didnt’t already sign in class). For those who are not from the courses mentioned above, the cost of the visits is 2 euros, we will collect them on Friday on the boat.

Since there are no bars in Sant’Erasmo, we recommend to take a packed lunch with you; it will be a nice occasion for a picnic on the beach!!

Detailed program

9.30 am – Departure from San Basilio

9.30 am – 11.30 am  – Tour of the Industrial Port and Arrival at Pellestrina

11.30 – 1.00 pm – Visit to the Museum of the Lagoon and Murazzi

1.15 – 1.30 pm Route from Pellestrina to Sant’Erasmo and sightseeing of the Mose system (Bocca di Lido)

1.45-2.00 pm  – Arrival at Sant’Erasmo and lunch break

3.15 pm – 4 pm Visit to the Torre Massimiana

4.15 pm  – Departure from Sant’Erasmo and Arrival at San Basilio around 5.15 pm.

Please find here all brochures and maps about the Industrial Port.

VIU Lecture – Wednesday 16th, 2014

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by intern No Comments

VIU Lecture

“The World is Rooted in Air. Atmosphere, Lawscape, Spatial Justice”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – 5pm, Room 1G


Guest speaker Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Professor of Law & Theory at the University of Westminster, London, and Director of The Westminster Law & Theory Centre, will discuss how Air brings together but also sets apart bodies by facilitating a division between inside and outside, inclusion and exclusion, continuum and rupture. Taking inspiration in Tomas Saraceno’s glasshouse installations, this talk looks into the way air (and other elements) are partitioned in ‘glasshouses’ of atmospheric affect.

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos is Professor of Law & Theory at the University of Westminster, London, and Director of The Westminster Law & Theory Centre.

He has read Law in Thessaloniki, Greece, as well as in other European cities. He completed his LLM at King’s College, London, and his PhD at Birkbeck College, London. His research interests are radically interdisciplinary and include critical legal theory, autopoiesis, philosophy, ecophilosophy, object-oriented ontology, theology, psychoanalysis, phenomenology, geography, art, and their critical instances of confluence. He has published in the above areas.

He has permanent professorial affiliations with The Copenhagen Business School, Centre for Politics and Philosophy and the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, IUAV, Venice.

This guest lecture is part of Giovanna Marconi’s course on Globalization, Ethics, Welfare and Human Rights.


Movie Series: “Don Camillo”

Posted on: April 9th, 2014 by intern No Comments
Monday, April 14th, 5 pm, room 9A

VIU Movie series: “Don Camillo”

 Don Camillo
“Don Camillo”, 1952, by Julien Duvivier, 109 min, with Fernandel and Gino Cervi, black and white, Italian with English subtitles.

Comedy on the strong rivalry between the Catholic parish priest and the Communist Mayor of a rural town in Emilia. First of a series of movies, inspired by the saga written by Giovanni Guareschi.

Internship Opportunities in Italy for VIU Students

Posted on: April 8th, 2014 by intern No Comments


Info session for students: Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 12.30 in Room 9A

Students who are currently attending the Spring 2014 semester of the VIU Globalization Program are invited to apply for an internship placement in Italy and a mobility scholarship.

Applicants must be already registered and attending the semester at VIU. The internships are for two to four months long, and will take place following the semester of courses at VIU, either during the winter break or during the summer months. The start and end dates are fixed in collaboration with the host organization, according to the selected students’ justified preferences (i.e. university-related commitments).

The call for applications is now available on the VIU website in the Internships and Mobility Page

The internships allow selected students to gain practical experience and familiarity with working life and organizational dynamics of significant research centers, companies and institutions. The internship opportunities in Italy will be in research centers, companies and organizations whose activities are connected to Globalization, Sustainable Development and/or Cultural Heritage. Most of the opportunities will be in the Veneto area although some may be in other regions in Italy.

Examples of host organizations:

Galileia s.r.l., Padua –

eAmbiente, Venice –

Comune di Venezia –

Agire – Venice Energy Agency, Mestre-Venice,

Valcucine, Pordenone –

UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice,

La Biennale di Venezia – Italian National Research Council (CNR)

VIU Movie Series – Movie Proposal by American Students

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014 by intern No Comments


“The Great Gatsby”

Wednesday, April 9th, 7 pm, Room 9A



“The Great Gatsby” byBaz Luhrmann, 2013, 145 mins, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, English

“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.