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. As dean, he developed Elon's study abroad program in Florence. He has published articles on issues pertaining to identity and families and is an author of sociological textbooks.
May 30, 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]
April 3, 2014
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Experiencing Florence

For many Americans ‘old’ means a few hundred years, and ‘history’ is found in books, museums and historic sites. For Western Europeans, a few hundred years is borderline ‘contemporary.’ There are very few places on Earth where the ubiquity of the distant past is