Group photo outside the studio entrance! I had the opportunity to go with CEA Rome on their very first group visit to Cinecittà, and it has been one of my most memorable trips so far… Best of all we didn’t even leave Rome! Cinecittà is the Italian version of Hollywood: many Italian and American movies and TV shows have been filmed there. Does the TV miniseries “Rome” ring any bells? How about “Gangs of New York” starring Leonardo DiCaprio or “Nine” starring Nicole Kidman? You guessed it, all of them where…

This past weekend was my last weekend in Rome. It’s hard to think that in just 12 days I am leaving Italy and returning back to the States. Being in Rome is very different from being in Massachusetts. Although I have been living in such a big city for the past 4 months, somehow I find spots in Rome that are relaxing and comforting. All of my programmates have different opinions about where their favorite spot in Rome is, or what their favorite city that they have traveled…

Choose to travel by train… Studying in Rome is one of the greatest things I have ever experienced. For the past two and a half months I have been living in an apartment with four other girls in one of the best cities in the world. Living 15 minutes, by bus, outside of the center of Rome, my roommates and I have been fully immersed in Roman culture. On any given day, I have the opportunity to make a wish at the Trevi Fountain, visit the Spanish Steps,…

The Global Campus in Florence this semester is marking many successful “firsts” for its “CEA C’È” initiative. CEA C’È is the volunteer program that enables Florence students to reach out in many ways to their host city and community. Translated from Italian, c’è means “is there.” Pronounced ch-āy, it is a very useful phrase to know when conversing in Italian, and also gives the local listener an insight into the goals of this initiative. Students involved in CEA C’È choose their volunteer activities according to the level of…

Early this month, the CEA Global Campus in Romehosted the Autumn meeting of the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI). The annual event opens the academic year, bringing together representatives from member schools to speak about administrative and student service-related issues that affect all American study abroad programs in Italy, of which there are almost 150. Representing CEA’s School of Record, UNH President Steven H. Kaplan was present at the event to offer a brief address to AACUPI members. He and Italy Academic Dean…

CEA’s Kevin J.F. Murphy, Italy Academic Dean & Campus Director, and Scott Blair, Paris Academic Dean, presented a session, “When Study Abroad is a Training Ground for the Global Workplace,” at the September meeting of the EAIE. Barbara Boldt, from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, also was a co-presenter. The European Association of International Educators (EAIE) comprises hundreds of members worldwide whose shared goal is to further internationalize higher education around the globe. Four of CEA’s academic deans attended the September meeting of EAIE, held in Nantes,…

On November 17, 2010, the Living Italy class will travel to Tor Bella Monaca, one of Rome’s most socially and economically disadvantaged areas. There, Dr. James Schwarten’s family has lived for more than two decades. For several years, the name Tor Bella Monaca has been synonymous with illegal drug use and distribution, crime, and dismal levels of positive civic participation. However, in recent years, political support for the area has gleaned some modest achievements, such as the creation of a theatrical space (2005) and a dormitory for university…

Dr. Vicky Kynourgiopoulou will have reason to celebrate in late November, 2010. CEA’s Assistant Academic Dean in Italy and Professor of Archaeology at our Global Campus in Rome, Dr. Kynourgiopoulou has completed her book chapter entitled National Identity Interrupted: The Mutilation of the Parthenon Marbles and the Greek Claim for Repatriation, which has been published and is ready for distribution at the end of next month. The chapter is part of the volume, Contested Cultural Heritage: Religion, Nationalism, Erasure, and Exclusion in a Global World, edited by Helaine…

Together with Professor of the Culture of Food and Wine professor Gregory Smith, the Rome staff hosted a Renaissance evening at our Global Campus in Rome, located at the Villa Ferretti, last week. Students, faculty and staff dined on a Renaissance banquet, including legume salad and stew, with sips of an Umbrian wine. Before a dessert of biscotti and amaretti, guests were entertained by a choreographed Renaissance dance in the main foyer of the villa. Students then took the space over, with Renaissance-inspired dance, while serenaded by a…

This September, the CEA Global Campus in Florence, Italy hosted its first Welcome Lecture, open to the public. Professor of Humanities Sirpa Salenius addressed her audience with a lecture entitled “The Grand Tour: Past and Present.” While the lecture was based on Professor Salenius’s research on the topic and era of the Grand Tour and its main and forgotten protagonists, her comments circled back to the experience that current students at the Global Campus in Florence are experiencing. CEA students, in some ways, follow in the footsteps of…