January 2018

FNA 252 Fine Arts in the City of Venice
Dr. Dana Talley & Dr. Sue Talley
“This is a magical place” is not an uncommon reaction of students who, still sleepy after their flight from New York City, get their first glimpse of “La Serenissima,” the serene city in the sea. As they learn about Venice, they begin to comprehend the genius of building a city three miles out to sea, not only on islands but on the upright poles of millions of trees which have been floated down the rivers of Northern Italy—more than a thousand years ago. Even though a smooth railway now connects Venice with the mainland, the magic of this city of art, music, great churches, and museums still draws millions of tourists from all over the world—and students of Nyack College discover the city for themselves, in a way that has been called much more comprehensive than a more expensive tourist experience can provide. The friendships fostered by the experiences of this GS-L trip do not stop after we are back in the United States, comparing notes and taking our finals with our professors, food, and fellowship.


ENG 202 Global Literature II in the City of Venice
Dr. Kevin Pinkham

Do you love literature?  How about traveling?  Combine both of your passions by taking Global Literature II in Italy with Dr. Pinkham next January!  Walk in Hemingway’s, Byron’s, and the Brownings’ footsteps.  See the art, architecture, and landscapes that inspired them.  Make Italy your classroom!


HIS 113-History of World Civilization I (3)
Dr. David Turk

This overseas study course in Venice examines the development of world civilizations from the foundations in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China to 1700 A.D. Students will explore the cultures not only of ancient Rome and Medieval Europe but also of the Islamic, African, Indian and Chinese civilizations as interpreted by the Venetians at the height of their commercial and military power.  Located at the end of the Silk Road, Venice became one of the most diverse cities of the pre-modern world, a city that became the repository of many of the pre-modern world's political, religious and economic ideals.  And as a nexus for these ideals, Venetian society pre-figures many of the cultural trends of the modern world.  Special emphasis will be given to exploring the following in Venice for what they tell us about the pre-modern world: fabrics, festivals and food; gardens, glass and guns; academies, architecture and arts.