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All RISD Global Summer Studies courses are open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in art and design programs and colleges around the world, as well as to professionals practicing in the field. Each course is three (3) RISD credits. Registration closes on April 11, 2019.

Led by RISD faculty from diverse disciplines, each course is designed to broaden perspectives, de-center experiences and reframe assumptions. Through immersive experimental curricula developed in collaboration with local partners across the continents of Europe, Africa, and Asia, students in these courses engage such themes as performance and literary arts in context, the intersection of crafts, art and design, and environmental justice and sciences.

At RISD’s site in Rome, Illustration Professor and Dean of Fine Arts Robert Brinkerhoff will lead Illustrating Dante’s Inferno, a studio that reinterprets the concept in Dante’s hell, while Industrial Design faculty member Dana D’Amico will challenge the concept of how rituals and cultural norms determine how we design drinking vessels in Drinking, the Italian Way: Re-evaluating the Vessel.

In postwar Berlin, taught by Assistant Professor Avishek Ganguly of the Literary Arts + Studies department, the course Theatre of Public Memory examines the theatrical and performative nature of history and public memory.

In Tokushima, Japan, Printmaking department faculty member Daniel Heyman will lead Papermaking + Puppet Theater in collaboration with Awagami Paper Factory.

In Denmark, Nathaniel Smith of the Furniture Design department will lead Design Seminar + Workshop.

In South Africa, Liberal Arts faculty member Lucy Spelman will teach Art and Science of Conservation to art, design and science students interested in biodiversity, wildlife protection and just human-animal-environment relations.

To apply and for more information, visit

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