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2017: Spoleto Picture a Day 15

Posted by: Christine Ragusa | June 6, 2017 Comments Off on 2017: Spoleto Picture a Day 15 |

by: Bret Lott

Creative Writing Professor Bret Lott is leading the summer, 2017, study abroad program in Spoleto, Italy.

I Miei Amici!

For the record, the walk from the villa into town for classes isn’t for the faint of heart. The students are warned plenty of times before we leave for Italy that we will be walking. We will be walking. We will be walking. The villa is at the top of a hill; the class is near the top of the hill that is Spoleto. The vast majority of the walk—from the villa switchbacking down to the Coop, our grocery store, and from the Piazza Garibaldi all the way to the biblioteca—is pedestrian only; we deal with only three crosswalks in the entire trek. The altitude of the villa is 1139 feet, the lowest point on the road at the bottom of the hill is 1031 feet, and the biblioteca is at 1302 feet, so the walk is, naturally, down and up, then down and up going home (and a total of 2.86 miles, if they don’t do any walking around at lunch).

But halfway up on the way in is a wonderful spot, right at the halfway mark and at 1241 feet. Here stands the best bar-café in Spoleto: Te-Bro (the students call it The Bro), and it’s where every morning we all stop, go in and ask of the ladies inside for cappuccinos and cornettoes, and then take a seat at one of the tables, and breathe easier for a while. The ladies take good care of us, know we’re from the College of Charleston, and are happy when we show up. We’re happy too.

Arrivederci!

The actual walk to school, courtesy Google Earth: 1.43 miles.

The walk down.

The walk up.

The pastries at Te-Bro, half-way.

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2017: Spoleto Picture a Day 14

Posted by: Christine Ragusa | June 6, 2017 Comments Off on 2017: Spoleto Picture a Day 14 |

by: Bret Lott

Creative Writing Professor Bret Lott is leading the summer, 2017, study abroad program in Spoleto, Italy.

Caroi Amici:

Well, Day 14 is here, and we’re half-way through. There’s a day every year during my course when I take the students out, set each one in a spot on a particular narrow viale in town, and have them write. That was today. It’s an opportunity to get out of the classroom and take in the town of Spoleto, to sit and to ruminate, and to try and put into words their time here in a different land. Today’s assignment was to begin to take notes toward the final paper, “On Spoleto,” or to write a review of either their tour of the wineries or of the town of Assisi. Two different kinds of travel writing, one impressionistic and the other factual. Another good day well spent here in Spoleto.

Saluti—

Aimee, writing!

Jenna, writing!

Mattie, writing, and representin’, too!

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2017: Spoleto Picture a Day 13

Posted by: Christine Ragusa | June 5, 2017 Comments Off on 2017: Spoleto Picture a Day 13 |

by: Bret Lott

Creative Writing Professor Bret Lott is leading the summer, 2017, study abroad program in Spoleto, Italy.

Ciao!

I know I say it too many times, but really, really, THIS is the best day. Though there are two of them, actually. So, one of two of the best days.

This is the day the students take cooking classes with Andrea Leonelli at Locanda Rovicciano, his country inn in Castel Ritaldi, a few kilometers outside Spoleto. Set in a 15th century farmhouse he restored himself, the restaurant is a place where students every year come to spend a day making all kinds of genuine Italian food, all of it basic and simple and fresh. Then, miracle of miracles—urrà!—they all sit down and partake of what they’ve made.

Andrea is a world class chef—I am not overstating this; his having been the lead chef in service to the Italian delegation to the United Nations in New York for two years is testimony enough. But there’s plenty more—training in Spain and London and New York and, of course, his home town of Florence. But he is an absolutely regular guy, funny, humble, smart and patient, and the students always learn more than they thought they could about cooking, and how easy it really is to prepare fresh and delicious Italian food (and to impress their friends when they get back home). All while having an amazing day in the country, and eating that food!

Today’s feast included ravioli with ricotta and rocket in sugo di pomodoro with crispy pancetta, strongozzi with fresh pesto and fried sage just then plucked from Andrea’s herb garden, a stew of guinea fowl and fresh vegetables, and for dessert panna cotta with sautéed peaches. Oh, and there was a cheese break in the middle of the morning, four different aged goat cheeses with fig jam, balsamic vinegar and local honey. With a little glass of vino muscato to make things perfect.

Ciao!

Pasta and pasta and pasta. They made all this!

The happy chef: everyone is working. This isn’t a staged shot—they’re all at work!

Sous chef Emilano and the full stovetop: sauteed peaches, then guinea fowl stew, then fresh pesto, then sugo di pomodoro, and the strongozzi on the boil, all with Emiliano’s approval.

The team just before plating: Chef Andrea, Kara, Mary, Brett, Nick, McKayla, Alex and Chris.

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Presenting at the Association for Psychological Science Convention

Posted by: Christine Ragusa | June 5, 2017 Comments Off on Presenting at the Association for Psychological Science Convention |

by: Devin McSween

On May 27th, I had the opportunity to travel to Boston, Massachusetts, to present a poster at the Association for Psychological Science’s 29th annual convention based on research I conducted with Dr. Anthony Bishara and Christian Conley. I was awarded the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Student Travel Award which made this amazing opportunity possible.

Traveling to the APS convention marked my first trip to Boston, and though I was only there for a day, the immediate charm of the city made me wish I could have stayed longer. I arrived at the convention early in the morning and had time to sit in on a few talks before our poster presentation in the afternoon. The talks I attended were about current research in the field of industrial/organizational psychology – a field of study particularly interesting to me as I hope to pursue Industrial/Organizational psychology in graduate school. After the talks, I helped set up our poster in the poster presentation room, where nearly 100 other presenters were setting up their posters among the narrow rows. A few interested students and professors stopped at our poster and I had the opportunity to give a brief overview of our research, explain the significance of our findings, and even answer a few follow up questions that they still had. I spent the rest of my day at the convention looking at other students’ poster presentations and listening to them as they explained their research.

Attending the APS annual convention was truly an amazing experience. Not only did I get to hear industrial/organizational psychologists present their work, inspiring me with ideas for my own future research, but I was able to present my own work. I left the convention feeling proud of my research and my ability to present research in front of fellow students, researchers, and professionals. I look forward to continuing research in the field of psychology and for more poster presentations to come. I am very grateful for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences for making my trip to the APS convention possible.

Left to right: Christian Conley, Devin McSween, and Dr. Anthony Bishara

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2017: Spoleto Picture a Day 12

Posted by: Christine Ragusa | June 4, 2017 Comments Off on 2017: Spoleto Picture a Day 12 |

by: Bret Lott

Creative Writing Professor Bret Lott is leading the summer, 2017, study abroad program in Spoleto, Italy.

Cari Amici di Spoleto:

School again, though I was sick with some sort of stomach thing for most of the day. This meant postponing my morning class, Tony teaching in the afternoon, and then my doing my shtick in a diminished state in the late afternoon. But classes met, work was accomplished, students wrote.

Then, after classes were over and we’d made a trip down to the Coop, the grocery store at the bottom of the hill (I’ll get some pics from there soon!) for supplies, the students and the Varallos put on a potluck breakfast-for-dinner. Much fun and camaraderie and good food, and that sunset thrown in too.

Ciao—

Colazione-per-cena!

Looking north toward Assisi at sunset, wheat fields down below us.

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