The Medici Archive Project is accepting applications for its Introduction to Paleography and Archives online course. It sounds like a great opportunity for Italianists who want to work with early modern manuscripts and who are planning to use Italian archives for their research. And since it is online, you don't have to make any last-minute travel plans to Italy (as tempting as that may sound!)
From the announcement:
"The Medici Archive Project will offer in the 2010 fall semester its second online course in paleography and archival studies. This course is designed to increase access to the wealth of information contained in manuscript historical materials, particularly those from late fifteenth- through seventeenth-century Tuscany. This 12-week online course running from September 27th, 2010 to December 19th, 2010 teaches the requisite skills to read historical Italian writings, and offers a broad introduction to the nature of Italian archives. From the letters of Michelangelo to the inventories of the Medici family, the digitized documents used to train the course’s participants in paleographic skills will also expose them to a wide range of document types useful for art historical research."