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Ogni Scherzo Vale! – Carnevale Celebration in Italy

An opinion piece by Lindsey Simpson “Anything goes” at Italy’s celebrations of Carnevale. I had the opportunity to travel to Venice for a weekend of celebration, as well as participate in Perugia’s own festivities. It is a celebration in excess:...

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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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Dealing With Illness While Abroad

An opinion piece by Taylor Sheehan There's scarcely a worse sensation than lying ill far from home, feeling as though you're decaying in bed while your immune system valiantly combats an illness. Sooner or later, it can happen to anyone...

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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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Embracing and Navigating the Italian Lifestyle

An Opinion Piece by Alexandra Ahlbeck When I decided to study in Italy, I braced myself for culture shock, particularly in adapting to a new language and attending school in a foreign country. Yet, some unexpected aspects caught me off...

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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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