Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bologna:SAIS Europe's host city

We may have changed our name, but Bologna remains our home.

For the 59th time, a new class is discovering Bologna's charms and traditions. The name SAIS Europe captures the breadth of our scholarship and thought leadership. But the medieval capital of the Emilia-Romagna region remains our host city.

Six decades after the Bologna Center was founded, the choice of location might seem unusual to some. But to historian and founder C. Grove Haines, cognizant of Italy's historic role in shaping our world and of Bologna's long tradition of intellectual leadership, it made sense.

A decent guidebook will provide you the basics about Bologna: home to the world's oldest continuously operating university, largest city in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, gastronomic capital, home to a Serie A football team and one of the country's most successful professional basketball squads.

It helps to be in the city to appreciate the homogeneity of its architecture, its bustling streets and markets, the green slopes of the Apennines on the southern outskirts of the city.

From time to time, we've posted videos and photos of Bologna. Below is a fresh video with glimpses of the city center, featuring a song by Gianni Morandi and Lucio Dalla, two well-known singers from Bologna.

Bologna Mayor Virginio Merola will deliver an annual welcome address to our students next week, a reminder of the Bologna Center's strong ties to its host city.

 Nelson Graves

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