Friday, April 30, 2021
10 am - 1 pm, online edition
The Plenary Workshop, collective effort of VIU students and professors, this semester will be about the Lagoon City. The title "Venice, talking to us" reflects the fact that part of the contributions are about reading and analysing inscriptions and writings on walls and shopping windows. The workshop will contain a variety of approaches, stemming out of the diverse courses taught in the Globalization Program: it will include talks about ancient maps, the history of the bòcolo, benefits and limits to urban walkability, the memory of historical pandemics, Venice from the point of view of natural resources, Venice as UNESCO heritage site, Armenian Venice, the penal system of the Serenissima, comparing imperial London and Venice. Independent students' projects dedicated to Venice, will include singing, reading poetry and further talks: Marguerite Yourcenar, Ezra Pound, Victor Hugo, Lord Byron and an ancient Chinese sung poem, the Chang-Gan Romance. A student will also address a speech on repopulating the "city of the Doges". The Plenary Workshop is a unique opportunity to recognize the VIU community as one, breaking the borders between the courses, training students to address topics of the disciplines taught to a broader audience, revealing the hidden talents of the participants, forging multicultural and transgenerational bonds.