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How To Get Into Graduate School: Umbra’s MPP and FSE’s Holistic Curricular Concentrations Promote Professional Prospects

Workshop Introduction  In response to the numerous questions surrounding the process of getting into grad school, Umbra's MPP chair, Dr. John Dennis, and Umbra’s director, Dr. Zachary Nowak, hosted a workshop in the last week of the program before students’...

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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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My Semester in Perugia

An opinion piece by Natalia Caicedo  My name is Natalia Caicedo and I’m a student at Clark University. During Fall 2023 I had the amazing opportunity of studying abroad at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. Although I’m a psychology...

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Interview with Dr. Clelia Viecelli: A Journey from Ethnographic Research to Inspirational Teaching

Dr. Clelia Viecelli, an anthropologist and researcher, joined Umbra in 2021 and now chairs the Food, Sustainability, and Environment program (FSE). We sat down with her to discuss her journey with us and her recent achievement of securing a postdoctoral...

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Welcome to a New Semester! Insights from Director Dr. Zach Nowak

Welcome to a new semester at the Umbra Institute in Perugia! As we embrace the start of this academic period, we have the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Zachary Nowak, our Director, who shared his insights and aspirations for this...

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