Fulbright Year Italy

Research, travel, and legal dispatches from my Fulbright year in Bologna, Italy.

Local and National Governments Clash Over Gay Marriage in Italy

Bologna Mayor Virginio Merola (left) and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano (right) have squared off over same-sex marriage in Italy. Photos courtesy of the City of Bologna and the Italian Ministry of … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Photo of the Month: December 2014

After so many weeks living in a fortified city, this month’s theme is nature. Click photos to enlarge. View from the hilltop town of Montecatini Alto in Tuscany. The rooms … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Self-Guided Walking Tour of Bologna

Above: Looking down on Bologna’s historic city center.  The 2014 Rick Steves Guide to Italy, an impressive tome clocking in at more than 1,200 pages, devotes exactly one paragraph to … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 4 Comments

Photo of the Month: November 2014

A regular feature with a few of my favorite images taken over the past month: Above: The inside of the Altare della Patria, Rome’s monument to the fatherland. Above: View of Rome … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Unexpected Environmentalism — Rome as a City of Rebuilding and Reuse

Rome’s constant transformation and re-use make it an unlikely contender for one of Europe’s great sustainable cities. Above: the Pantheon. ROME, Italy — Architect and urban environmentalist Tom Rankin admits … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

80-Year-Old Court Case Comes to a Close in Naples

The decision finally resolves a 1934 property dispute surrounding a plot of land that required the court to trace the chain of title back to 1536. Above: Naples. NAPLES, Italy … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Uncovering the Legend of Bettisia Gozzadini, Europe’s First Female Legal Scholar

Above: A bust of Gozzadini is displayed in the Museo della Storia di Bologna (Museum of the History of Bologna), where it sits alongside busts of other prominent Bolognese women … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment