Author: Larry Basirico

Larry Basirico is professor of sociology, former chair of the department of sociology and anthropology, and former dean of international programs at Elon University. In fall 2013 he served as Elon’s study abroad faculty-in-residence at Accademia Europea di Firenze (AEF): School of Arts and Italian Culture. He has published articles on family issues and identity and is an author of introductory sociology textbooks.
May 3, 2018
ART + CULTURE

The city of Florence as a classroom

The city of the Renaissance may be the least likely place to think about the concept of artificial intelligence, broadly defined as the ability of machines or computers to think, learn and act like humans. Leonardo da Vinci was captivated by the prospect of flight, but it’s hard to imagine that the possibility of aircraft […]
April 11, 2018
FOOD + WINE

Lifeblood

“Anni e bicchieri di vino non si contano mai” (Age and glasses of wine should never be counted). “Amici e vini sono meglio vecchi” (Friends and wine improve with age). “Il buon vino non ha bisogno di frasca” (Good wine needs no leafy branch.) “Buon vino fa buon sangue” (Good wine makes good blood.) These […]
February 28, 2018
FOOD + WINE

At the Italian dinner table

Food and Italy are practically synonymous. Appreciating and embracing the gastronomic splendor of the Italian meal is one of the most remarkable experiences for tourists and permanent dwellers alike.   Indeed, part of the early love affair with Italy when visiting the first time is learning to understand the restaurant dinner menu. On complete menus […]
May 30, 2016
LIFESTYLE

Florence’s eternal yesterday

When we returned home to the United States after our four-month stay, I gushed effusively about Florence.     Everyone asked what I enjoyed so much about it. I said that it was the feeling of being bathed constantly in the reflections of rust-colored rooftops and blue Tuscan sky, the majestic billowy clouds over the […]
March 3, 2016
LIFESTYLE

The Florence symphony

Besides its unique look and unmistakable beauty, what is it about Florence that stimulates our senses and intellect and captures our hearts like nowhere else? That is the question that Larry Basirico, a professor of sociology who lived in Florence in 2013 while leading Elon University’s study abroad program through Accademia Europea di Firenze asked […]
January 14, 2016
LIFESTYLE

Return to Florence

  My first two visits to Florence, in 2007 and 2008, were brief, a few days each. Dean of international programs at Elon University at the time, I was there to establish a study-abroad program with Accademia Europea di Firenze. Already infatuated, when I returned with my family for a four-month stay while serving as […]
October 2, 2014
LIFESTYLE

Florence’s collective consciousness

If religion has given birth to all that is essential in society, it is because the idea of society is the soul of religion.-Émile Durkheim   Experiencing Florence includes far more than a discovery of its artistic treasures: it is also a discovery of self and others. This
September 11, 2014
LIFESTYLE

Always and in all ways

Chi si volta, e chi si gira, sempre a casa va finire. No matter where you go or turn, you will always end up at home. —Italian proverb   Dr. Larry Basirico lived in Florence in the fall of 2013 while serving as visiting professor at Accademia Europea di
June 5, 2014
LIFESTYLE

Reflections of Florence

Experiencing Florence includes far more than a discovery of its treasures; it is also a discovery of self. This is the conclusion of Larry Basirico, professor of sociology, chair of the department of sociology and anthropology and former dean of international programs at Elon University. He lived in Florence in the fall of 2013 while […]
May 8, 2014
LIFESTYLE

A shared community

“Man’s most fundamental need is to experience his existence as meaningful.” —Christian Norberg-Schulz   Whether you are a first-time visitor, a returnee or a permanent resident, it is nearly impossible not to be captivated by Florence’s unique charms, as Larry Basirico, professor of sociology, chair of the department of sociology and anthropology and former dean […]