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What to expect when you don’t know what to expect!

An opinion piece by Bella Iacovetta I had my heart set on coming to a small Italian town. Perugia was the best choice for me, but I was still unsure what to expect. I have been fortunate enough to come...

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Umbra Prof Publishes on Sustainability and Conviviality

That food is more than just a meal is not a shockingly new idea. Food studies has moved from a marginal field in academia to become a common ground for scholars across disciplines to analyze the symbols that food carries....

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Education in Italy – Interview with Dr. Natascia Petringa

In the dynamic world of education, embracing diversity and fostering inclusivity are paramount. We recently sat down with Dr. Natascia Petringa, part of our faculty, to talk about her journey in the field as a scholar and teacher. After over...

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Looking for Greenery? A Student’s Guide to the Best Outdoor Spots in Perugia

An opinion piece by Amanda Hutson As someone who loves being in nature, I’ve spent my first month in Perugia seeking out the best parks and gardens to spend time in. Whether it’s for a stroll, to read, or to...

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Characters of Perugia

An opinion piece by Daniella Zoller Before coming to Perugia, it is hard to get a sense of what the city center will be like on a day-to-day basis. It seems intimidating and overwhelming. But you will quickly learn your...

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Umbra Art History Professor Presents on Futurism

Most people think of Italian Futurism as a man’s movement. Even at Palazzo Strozzi’s retrospective on Natalia Goncharova the curators announced in wall text: “Futurism admitted no women.” Marinetti’s 1909 Founding Manifesto indeed declared a “scorn for women,” but a...

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