The success of the summer session is due to the fact that students and faculty live under the same roof and take part in all the cultural and social activities sponsored by the School: film screenings, lectures, concerts, plays, dinners, parties, club meetings and picnics. All of this contributes to create a cordial and collegial atmosphere that is very conducive to learning and is unlikely to be duplicated elsewhere.
In addition to regular activities and coursework, all students are expected to participate weekly in a club of their choice. Students in the 7-week session are encouraged to take advantage of the biweekly club meetings.
Italian Music Club: Learn, sing, and listen to Italian songs and operas
Cinema Club: Watch films and discuss their cultural and artistic merits
Cooking Club: Study and practice the art of Italian cuisine
Literature Workshop: Weekly meetings with various professors to read and discuss Italian literature
Poetry Club: Students and faculty read and discuss poetry. Both are encouraged to present their own work
Contemporary Italian Issues: Watch daily newscasts read and discuss contemporary Italian issues
Regional Traditions and Dialect Club: Students and faculty learn the variety in regional Italian cooking, speaking, and cultural traditions