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La politica e Nutella

Wednesday night American and Italian students braved the rain and thunder to come together for another meeting of the TANDEM language exchange. This weekly program, organized by the Umbra Institute, brings American students together with Italian students wanting to learn English. And since Umbra students have been eagerly following the election news from the States this semester, what better way to start the conversations this week than a discussion of the political differences between Italy and America? How many political parties participate, why does Italy have both a prime minister and president, and why does Ralph Nader always run for president? Students talked about these and other issues while enjoying nutella and its perfect complement, alta mura bread from Puglia, a region in the south of Italy. As always, the result was a noisy room with clusters of students speaking in two languages to each other – and with very sticky fingers!

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