West Chester University Summer Ethnographic Field School in Italy
Food and Sustainable Heritage in the Heart of Italy — Summer 2017
Welcome West Chester University students! Building on the success of last year’s course in Italy, West Chester University Prof. Michael Di Giovine will be teaching a course in Italy again this coming summer. This extraordinary field school involves students in an active anthropological research project while introducing them to Italian culture in the best way possible—through its delicious food and rich cultural heritage! Spending 5 memorable weeks in the historic city of Perugia, students will be introduced to the culinary heritage and culture of Italy through exclusive behind-the-scenes tours at organic vineyards, sustainable farms, and country inns—as well as a cooking lesson at our instructor’s home. Under the mentorship of West Chester University professor Michael A. Di Giovine, an internationally recognized scholar on food, tourism and cultural heritage, students will be instructed in the methods of ethnography, anthropology’s unique qualitative research methodology of participating in, and observing, the daily lives of locals. Students will design, carry out, and present their findings of a short-term ethnographic research project at a food-related venue. WCU students earn 3 credits for ANT375: Ethnographic Field School.
A Big University Town in a Small Italian City. WCU students will take advantage of the Umbra Institute’s beautiful location in historic Perugia, Italy, to complete courses that count towards their majors, all while studying abroad and living in the real Italy. While the courses will be engaging, students will also have ample time on the weekend to travel elsewhere in Europe because no classes are held on Fridays. Thus, students have a three-day weekend.
Academics. WCU students can take Professor Di Giovine’s course and even a second 3-credit course for very little extra charge. The summer session lasts five weeks from mid-May to the end of June 2017. Courses are in English, so no Italian language proficiency is required. The research schedule is flexible so there’s plenty of free time. See a list of standard summer courses here.
Student Life. Each summer the Umbra Institute hosts between 80 and 100 American and Italian college students from colleges and universities across the U.S. and in Perugia. Housing is provided for all students in shared apartments within a 5-minute walk of the Institute. Apartments are furnished with full kitchens and have WiFi access. (Check out some of the student activities offered at Umbra.)
Program Cost Includes:
- Airport transfer to and from Perugia-Rome;
- Two-day on-site orientation led by staff to help you settle into Perugia;
- On-site Resident Director;
- Accommodations: shared housing in comfortable apartments with wifi within fifteen minutes of classes; Faculty member housed nearby;
- Access to Umbra Institute Facilities: computer lab, library, student lounge;
- Academics: Five weeks at Umbra Institute plus cultural activities & field trips;
- Classes meet twice a week leaving lots of time to immerse in Italian life.
To learn more about the course, contact Professor Di Giovine by filling out the form below.
West Chester University at Umbra Summer’16
“Our whole goal is to get in and get behind the scenes and understand, what these people think about their culture. I think that’s the most authentic view we can get.”
West Chester University at Umbra Summer ’16
“My goal in coming to Umbra was to gain first-hand ethnographic experiences by participating in anthropological field research which has broadened my scope of knowledge and skills as an anthropologist.”
Please feel free to email Steve to ask about her experience!