Medici University 5 Simple Rules

We've worked hard at Medici University to create a university free of rules. A university without a thick catalogs of programs designed by other people. MU is the university that puts you in control. MU's mission is to empower you the learner to create your own program. To give you…

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Ponte Vecchio with Edie

Edie and I went to hang out on the Ponte Vecchio on Sunday. The PV is that old medieval bridge (1345) across the river Arno with all the shops on it. You might know that my dad build the "Vasari Corridor" along the PV back in 1564 (I was 22)…

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Memphis

Memphis E is for Egypt Memphis Memphis (Arabic: منف‎ Manf pronounced [mænf]; Greek: Μέμφις) was the ancient capital of Aneb-Hetch, the first nome of Lower Egypt. Its ruins are located near the town of Mit Rahina, 20 km (12 mi) south of Cairo. According to legend related by Manetho, the…

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This Magic Moment

Medici University is only 9 weeks old, yet so much has already happened. A Brief History of MU We received the 6.5 hectare LEA23 land grant on 1 January '15. The first couple of weeks were spent thinking about what size would be optimal for Learner Studios (back in…

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Isabella's Salon

"Wit, beauty and talent made her conspicuous among all the women of the day, and she captivated every heart except her husband's. Speaking Spanish, French and Latin fluently, a perfect musician, singing beautifully, a poetess and improvvisatrice by nature, Isabella was the soul of all around her, and the fairest…

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Dear Alexandra, (a letter to)

Dear Alexandra, Thank you so much for your lovely email. It would be my pleasure to do an interview sometime in March. I am flattered and grateful for your interest. You asked a few contextual questions and I started to type an email response to them. Realizing that it was…

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What Would Jesus Do?

We love to speculate what a historical figure like Jesus might do in contemporary times. Or what Socrates might think of the current state of affairs. Or any number of other notable figures from the many times and places along the river of the human adventure. Of course these speculations…

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Just In Time Learning

Just in time (JIT) is a production strategy that strives to improve a business' return on investment by reducing in-process inventory and associated carrying costs. -- Wikipedia Last year one of my undergraduate assistants (yes, Medici Princesses need assistants too!) complained that as a psychology major he was suffering through…

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What is Medici University?

Today's bored student is tomorrow's unfulfilled worker. 24/7 media has eliminated boredom from all aspects of life. Except the classroom. And the workplace. At Medici University we believe there's another way.   We live in the 21st century. Yet most universities today live in the 19th century. Education as…

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Medici University: Alternative MFA Programs

In 1990 an average year of Graduate School cost USD 4,000. By 2010, USD 20,000. How many tens of thousands in debt are you willing to take on for the privilege of jumping through other people's hoops? When will the madness end? The simple truth is you can…

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Medici Feminists; Medici Misogynists

my parents & siblings / peopleplotr WTF Italy? Silvio Berlusconi in the 21st century? My brother Francesco I in the 16th? Why do you hate women so much? My brother was a misogynist and a misanthrope who took pleasure in senseless murders and torture. I do not forgive him. I shouldn't…

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Freedom experienced by very few women

Cosimo had decided that she was not to take up residence in Rome with Paolo. He decreed that Paolo would live by himself in Rome and would come to Florence when he wished to see his wife. Cosimo's decision was partly financial, for if Isabella left Florence, and her dowry…

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Your Shitty Luck

Hello Dear, I know you set your time machine for 1850 in hopes of channeling one of your not-so-ancient relatives somewhere in the pastoral yet not-so-idyllic Russian countryside. So sorry to disappoint. As you know, these things are never very precise. Time travel is pretty overrated IMHO. Warping the time-space…

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Hello Medici Princess!

I'm alive! Again! I died at 33. Here's a little about me: wikipedia / Isabella de' Medici Oh, and here's a little about an earlier incarnation of me. That time I only made it to age 6. So I guess I should be grateful for 33 years: wikipedia / Bia de' Medici…

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