Apr. 11, 2018 – Five Newbury students had the opportunity to travel to Italy for Spring Break as part of Professor Peter Galeno’s International Exploration: History, Culture, and Cuisine of Italy class. Michael Culbert, Jennifer Mcdonald, Max Pompel, Nevin Robles and Whitney Teixeira spent a week exploring Rome, Orvieto, Siena, Tuscany, Florence and more.
The International Exploration class combines traditional classroom instruction with the travel component to experience first-hand the history, geography, art, cuisine, architecture and overall culture of Italy.
“The program encourages students to take a risk on an adventure and participate in activities where they have to get out of their comfort zone,” said Associate Professor of Humanities and English, Peter Galeno. “However, perhaps the most important reason why it is important for students to participate in study abroad in general and in this program in particular is that the world becomes the classroom, and there is probably no better classroom than Italy, a country with a very rich cultural heritage.”
Throughout the trip, students participated in hands-on cooking classes with Lorenzo Polegri in Orvieto as well as visit a pecorino cheese factory, a local olive oil mill, a buffalo mozzarella farm, three wineries, and a variety of famous cultural sites throughout Florence and Rome.
According to Professor Galeno, “We managed to visit many of the significant cultural sites in a short time. Some of the comments from students reflect their awe at what they were experiencing. One student said as he stood in front of the Duomo in Florence: ‘It’s just hard to wrap your head around the feat of building it.’ Another student commented on St Peter’s Square: ‘You can see it in pictures and on television, but until you stand here, you can’t really appreciate its power and beauty.’”
The trip truly immerses students in the culture of Italy, not just the cuisine, and provides students with a unique opportunity to travel abroad and enhance their understanding of the in-classroom lessons.
Professor Galeno added, “For me teaching this class gives me the opportunity in many ways to experience Italy anew through the experiences of my students. This was the fifth time I have taught this course, and each time I learn something new about Italy, about teaching, and about the openness of Newbury students to work together to learn about their world.”
About Newbury: Newbury College is a private, independent college located just minutes from Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Founded in 1962, Newbury College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in over 20 career-focused majors. Committed to personalized and experience-based teaching, Newbury inspires students to become independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens.
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