Newsletter Fall 2015

Stay up to date with out Fall 2015 newsletter! Check it out and learn about the following; Interview with Dr. John Rajchman, Spannocchia Residency, A History of Courage Spannocchia Residency and so much more!

Spannocchia Residency May – June 2015

By Shani Jamila, Cohort ’15

This summer the incoming IDSVA class met each other for the first time during our residency in Italy. We visited Rome, Siena, Florence and Venice, in addition to spending two weeks studying art and philosophy at Spannocchia, a beautiful 12th century castle in Tuscany. During the day, we took in breathtaking views of the terraced organic gardens and rolling hills. 

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A History of Courage Spannocchia Residency May–June 2015

By Zoma Wallace, Cohort ‘15

How many people can recount meeting a legendary figure, particularly one whose career has profoundly influenced their own? For those fortunate souls who can attest, doesn’t the experience seem to affirm your chosen path? This summer, against the magical Tuscan backdrop of Spannocchia Castle, I nervously awaited the arrival of that figure. 

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Only Nick Cave Can Save Us: Esoteric Reflections on Santiago Zabala's Visiting Faculty Lecture

By Milos Zahradka Maiorana, Cohort ’15

In a recent double lecture at IDSVA during the summer residency at Spannocchia philosopher Santiago Zabala addressed the question of ontology after Heidegger: what is divided between scientific description and philosophical interpretation as a means for creating an alteration of the status quo – what he calls hermeneutic communism. In the second part of the lecture Zabala dealt with art and philosophy in relation to the absence of emergency and preparing for the emergence of Being as event.

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Florence, Revealing Spannocchia Residency May–June 2015

By Erin Gleason Cohort ’15

As I traveled with my cohort on the way to Florence and on the way to my past, I was curious to discover if the city would be at all like my memories of it 17 years ago, when Fortune gifted me the opportunity to live there for a summer to study Italian. I had not been to the Tuscan capital since. Would it still be the Florence – my Florence – I explored during my youth? Would the city reveal ghosts of myself as I walked its streets? What filters would I see the city through; what lost perspectives would be rediscovered?

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