Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Viva Roma! UNO Students Study Abroad in Italy

Twenty-two students from the University of New Orleans and other universities are studying in Rome this summer as part of an annual summer study abroad program hosted by the UNO International Division of Education.

"This is the maximum number we can take because of the nature of the program," said Marie Kaposchyn, program director. "When you lecture in busy areas, in front of museums and monuments, students have to be able to hear and take notes in a small enough group."

Three UNO faculty are on board: Lisa Verner, who is Academic Director and teaches "English, The Roman world in Literature and Film;" Ann Edwards, who teaches two sections of an Anthropology course called "Food and Culture" and Tony Campbell who teaches "Fine Art: Drawing and Art Appreciation."

University President Peter J. Fos made an early visit to the students, spending several days in Rome, where he saw the students attend Gladiator School in a training session captured in photographs by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Michael DeMocker of The Times-Picayune. The Gruppo Storico Romano, a group of historical re-enactors, offers two-hour classes on being a gladiator and taught students in the University of New Orleans Rome Summer Study Abroad program how to train and fight like gladiators.

"Our program by nature is full of field trips, such as a tour of the Coliseum by night, a visit to the Cimetieri Di Capuccini (a Catholic church and ancient burial site built from bones); the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, and visits to open markets such as the Campo Di Fiori, the site where Julius Cesar was killed," said Kaposchyn.

"Most field trips are for the entire group but some are tied to just one course. The art class visited the famous Uffizzi museum in Florence with their professor; the Food and Culture class will meet with an American author who now lives in Rome and has written several books on Rome and its culture. His name is Vincent Drago and he is originally from New Orleans!"

Students and faculty live in beautiful, fully furnished apartments close to the Vatican and other famous landmarks, Kaposchyn said.

"They learn to live together and discover other students from different backgrounds and interests," the program director said. "Since the apartments are fully furnished, the students cook for themselves which often ends up being a potluck learning experience."

Classes are taught in English by UNO faculty so participants do not need to speak Italian, Kaposchyn said.

"However, after four weeks of living like a local and not like a tourist, students pick up quite a bit of the Italian language."


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