Italy is one of the top destinations of American study abroad students, and when American students who identify as female go to Italy for the first time, they can become hyper-aware of street harassment (“cat-calling”). Granted, no urban sidewalk anywhere in the world is free of commentary from strangers, but when the language is different, … More Catcalling in Another Language
Dear EKU students traveling for the first time to Florence, Italy: To help you avoid a faux pas or other social awkwardness in Italy, I’ve prepared a listicle with ten ordinary behaviors you’ll most likely see in Florence that you haven’t experienced in the U.S., particularly not in Kentucky. Please note: once you’ve grown accustomed … More When in Firenze, do as the Fiorentini
According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, study abroad is a high-impact practice that can be “life-changing.” Teaching abroad can also be life-changing. As a faculty member, leading a study abroad class almost always requires shifting your pedagogical style to fit on-site resources, but it’s an incredibly rewarding experience in professional development. As … More A Passport to Innovation: Teaching Abroad
“To teach in a manner that respects and cares for the souls of our students is essential if we are to provide the necessary conditions where learning can most deeply and intimately begin.” — bell hooks Students from Generation Z yearn for authenticity, can easily spot when they’re considered a monolithic group with no individualization, … More Teaching Outside the Binaries
Based on my own travel experiences and those of my students during their study abroad, I’ve put together this list for Summer 2018 students who are studying abroad in Florence. Clothing Keep in mind that you’ll have access to a washing machine but not a dryer; the overwhelming majority of Italians hang their laundry to … More Ready? Set? Start Packing!
Pardon this interruption in my Florentine routine while I provide a Greek adventure! Through a generous offer by my colleagues in EKU Education Abroad, I traveled to Athens (Hellas), Greece, in October 2016 to perform a site visit and evaluation of Hellenic American University’s offerings geared toward LGBT students. Hellenic American University’s very small campus … More To Hellas and Back
EKU Students! If you talk to anyone who went to Florence with me last summer, you’ll hear variations on the same theme: “THE TIME OF MY LIFE!” I’ve put together a PDF of a presentation about the Summer 2017 trip, and I hope you’ll glance through it and spread the word. If you need funding, … More Come to Florence with Me! June 2017!