The Fall 2017 semester at Umbra ended with a bang – Special Academic Events Week! It is a moment dedicated to students and designed to celebrate four months of learning, creation, and collaboration both at Umbra and in the city of Perugia.
This semester’s Special Academic Events Week kicked off on Tuesday morning with the Umbra Art Show, featuring the work of ARPH 210: Introduction to Photography: Portfolio of Perugia and JCPH 230: Visual Communication: Storytelling through Photography students.
In the afternoon, students were invited to share their work in the Perugia community, as well as hear from their peers, during the Community Engagement Presentations. Presentations included student reflections on service learning and practicum experiences.
Sarah Kalish and Tereza Pitman, two of the four Museum Studies practicum participants who won the Best Presentation Award, had this to say: “We had a lot of fun at our practicum and we wanted to show that in our presentation. We learned so much about Italian history and culture, which whittles down to Perugian history and culture, by working with the curators – that’s what was so great about working with these museums and the staff.”
Tuesday concluded with the Creative Writing Readings, during which students in LIIT 420: Il Racconto Italiano, Italian Stories and Tales, and ISLI 330: A Taste for Knowledge read their pieces to an enthusiastic crowd of Umbra students, staff, and faculty at Gesto, a local restaurant.
On Wednesday evening, ESUS 310: Placemaking: Creating Sustainable Urban Spaces and Communities students presented their recommendations for the use and maintenance of a public terrace to the Mayor of Perugia and members of a local neighborhood association. Later in the evening, music student Julia Randall treated the Umbra community to a jazz concert at local favorite La Bottega del Vino.
On Thursday, music students performed their final concert at La Maggiore Music School. The night included both piano performances and vocalists regaling the crowd with some of the classics of Italian opera.
The staff and faculty would like to give a heartfelt auguri to our talented, creative, and enthusiastic students!
To read more about community engagement opportunities at Umbra, click here.