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 is an author of an introductory sociology textbook and an occasional writer for The Florentine on matters pertaining to culture and society.
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