Milan and Siena 2020

Beauty, leadership, and innovation

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After careful consideration, and in light of the significant and prolonged uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the Harvard Summer School suspended the operation of all Harvard 2020 study-abroad programs. The Milan and Siena will be offered again in 2021.

A course about beauty: its meaning, its history, its connections to culture and the economy, and its role in generating value, innovation, and well-being.

An experience of beauty: one month in Milan, a world capital of fashion and design, and one in Siena, a perfectly preserved medieval city that included the creation of beauty as part of its original constitution.

Study aesthetics, cultural economics, smart cities, storytelling and fiction, Italian film, creative industries, and beauty as an indispensable device for change and sustainability.
Visit fashion showrooms and concept stores, the oldest surviving bank in the world, the hospital-museum Santa Maria della Scala, the Vespa scooter collection in the Piaggio Museum, the Isola Bella in Lake Maggiore, and some contemporary cultural spaces such as the Armani Sylos and HangarBicocca.
Learn techniques for making espresso and hand-made pasta, the basic procedures for creating a professional logo—and actually create a logo for our program under the supervision of leading strategic designers. Spend the night in a castle in the prosecco region, with a visit to a cantina that has been making the world-famous sparkling wine since 1600.
Join one of Siena’s contrade and participate in the preparation for the Palio, the horse race that for centuries has taken place annually in Piazza del Campo.

No knowledge of Italian required. Optional Italian language instruction is offered both at the beginner and intermediate/advanced level, though not for credit.

No prior courses in the humanities or economics are required to apply to the program. Part of what makes this program rich and incisive is the very fact that our group will be composed of students in the arts and humanities, laboratory sciences, and social sciences and economics.

All this and much more, from June 16 to August 18, 2020...