This summer, study Primo Levi and The Holocaust in Italy

in News and Events
March 5th, 2014

This summer in Padua, Professor Nancy Harrowitz will introduce students to Primo Levi whose writings give us a glimpse of what it was like to experience a Nazi concentration camp. Prof. Harrowitz’s course is part of Boston University’s Padua Summer Program in Italy. Students take 2 courses in this 6 week program. There are many offerings including art history and history, and language classes including Beginning Italian. No knowledge of Italian is necessary for participation in the program. There is some financial aid available. The deadline for applying has been extended to March 20th.

This is a unique opportunity to study one of the most important writers of the Holocaust in a beautiful and historical northern Italian town not far from his birthplace.
Levi has contributed some of the most provocative and influential writings on the Holocaust. In confronting this catastrophic event, he employed a variety of interdisciplinary approaches: scientific, literary, theological and philosophical. The course discusses these perspectives within the broader context of the Holocaust in Italy, including the writings of Giorgio Bassani and Elie Wiesel. Trips to Levi’s hometown of Turin and to Bassani’s home in Ferrara are included, as are films based on the works of both authors. Taught in English.