Fulbright Year Italy

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

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Photo of the Month: February 2015

My favorite images from February were taken during a day trip to Venice for the annual Carnevale di Venezia, a two-week celebration leading up to the beginning of Lent. Carnevale … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Role of Truth in Italian versus American Defamation Law

Italian law, unlike American law, does not require defamatory speech to be false. Above: Truth and Mercy by Pompeo Batoni, circa 1745. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. In American defamation … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Defamation Lawsuits, Attacks on Journalists Bring Down Italy’s 2015 Press Freedom Ranking

Above: Italy ranks worse than most of its neighbors, including several EU-hopeful Balkan states, in Reporters Without Borders’ latest global press freedom survey. White states are ranked the highest, followed … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

How Italy’s Famed La Scala Opera House Packs its Seats with Millennials

Tickets priced at just 10 euros as part of the “La Scala UNDER30” program in Milan sold out in 15 minutes last month. Above: the inside of La Scala opera … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

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