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NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013

ISSUE 2 - YEAR 10 | FUA/PALAZZI | APR 2020

BREAKING NEWS

LEARNING IN (AND FROM) CHALLENGING TIMES BY MELISSA ROSSI, FUA-AUF FACULTY MEMBER AND COUNSELOR | PHOTOS BY CAYLYN DOWNEY AND BRONWYN MORGAN Spring semester started off in a fairly standard

future sessions and new courses. On the other side of

way. My psych classes were brimming with curious

the globe, a flu-like virus was an important topic of

students ready to learn, full of excitement along with

conversation that rapidly became a point of interest

confusion about being in a new culture. Many students

in Italy, around the same time it received a new name:

were reaching out to me for counseling for help with

COVID-19. As the number of participants in my classes

adjustment to their new life in Florence, while others

abruptly diminished and students left Florence, many in

were taking in stride classes and travels in Europe. In

tears, the reality of the situation began to sink in, along

the Academic Affairs office, we were busy with planning

with a sense of doom that my own world was about


to spin out of control. In less than

classroom; rather, it is about learning to adapt to new situations and coping

a week, the abroad portion of the

with the constant feeling that you have no control over an environment.

Spring 2020 semester was over for

Recognizing that there is also an affective component to adjustment is

the majority of my students, who

part of developing proactive strategies that help us to go with the flow in

were left with just study.

ecological shifts. COVID-19 has made us reflect on what learning really

The Italian government, along with

means, and to contemplate the cloud of confusion in the midst of transition.

self-isolation measures, mandated

As a counselor, maybe I am particularly sensitive to this aspect of our

that all K12 / higher ed systems

new learning environment, hyperaware of the emotions behind seemingly

guarantee

to

mundane concerns from students and instructors alike that resonate with a

students nationwide. The greatest

need to grasp for threads of control; a need that echoes worldwide as more

challenge hasn’t necessarily been

communities enact orders to shelter in place. The more we talk about the

how to address remote delivery, but

emotional aspects, the more we realize that they are universal, that we are

rather how to manage the emotions

all feeling the same way, which helps us to feel less alone in our confusion

generated by this unexpected shift.

and to develop new coping strategies. This is a moment of global change,

The miracle of technology allows

and the natural next step for me is to reflect on how I can apply what I learn

us to engage with others across

on a daily basis to the next phase of education, once we are allowed to go

the globe in ways unthought of

outside again. International education is a process of personal growth; in

decades ago, but does not fully

the end believe we can all grow from this, and together develop a greater

address all the affective needs of

sensitivity to what learning really means from an emotional perspective.

remote

delivery

the classroom. We have emojis to help us transmit our feelings by text, but this is not of much help when it comes to learning in global crises. Maintaining academic integrity in such situations is a huge test for any academic institution, and asks for an even greater level of selfreflection for an institution such as

FUA-AUF

whose

strength

is

learning-by-doing. As my students already know, my battle horse in the classroom is reflection on how their learning personally applies to their own lives, and I find myself taking this process of reflection to heart on a daily basis. Each day of this pandemic is a new challenge in assisting students and instructors in moving forward, and reflecting on how to best support learning from an emotional perspective in a constantly changing world. And I ask myself: Why aren’t we hearing more about this? Why isn’t the emotional fallout in education making the news? One of the most important outcomes for international education has little to do with what is learned in the 2


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HOW THE “FLORENTINE DNA” SURVIVES BY LIVIA STURLESE TOSI, FUA-AUF PRESS COORDINATOR | PHOTO BY BRONWYN MORGAN In these uncertain times, there is a

all healthcare staff are tirelessly combatting Covid-19. Florence in particular applied

certainty to be found within Florentines,

a greater outreach to help the weakest community impacted by the virus, which in

the fact that they never deny their

this case are the elderly.

unique identity.

Volunteer associations, supermarkets, and anonymous groups of young people

There have been many instances in

are working to bring groceries, medicine, and basic necessities to individuals over

which the community of Florence has

65 living in the San Frediano district, where the elderly population exceeds 60%.

shown compassion towards those in

Many live in the center of Florence, in the same buildings that saw the Plague of 1348

need of it. In 1244, Florence became

or the Spanish flu after the first World War. Boccaccio, the famous writer of short

the first city in the world to establish a

stories who retired in the town of Fiesole, wrote during the 1348 plague the famous

volunteer association, the Misericordia.

Decameron, which states, “Human it is to have compassion for the unhappy."

In 1445, the institution “Spedale degli

Today, social media is used to share both an abundance of bad news and reassurances

Innocenti” was opened with the goal

about the future, whether they be absurd memes or messages of encouragement.

to save children born illegitimate and

For example, because all hairdressers are closed and root touch-ups are out of the

abandoned. In 1786, the Grand Duke

question, one viral joke pokes fun at the real number of blonds that will be left post-

Pietro Leopoldo made Tuscany the first

quarantine. Another stated,"80% of coronavirus deaths are men, do not be fooled

place in the world to abolish the death

by your wives who want to convince you to leave the house." These few examples

penalty. This city has distinguished

demonstrate some of the creative efforts Italians have made, along with collective

itself over the centuries for altruism,

singing from balconies, to shed light on an unfortunate situation. If one can make

generosity, and sense of community.

another smile - even if it’s a bitter smile - and make a mockery of bad luck, it proves

This is not said to detract from the

that the trademark, centuries-old Florentine cheekiness is still intact.

Italians of other regions, as many in

On Feb 17, 1530, Florence was under siege by Charles V after the sack of Rome.

these days are active in the newspapers,

However, a game of calcio storico was scheduled in Piazza Santa Croce. So what

on social networks, and even from the

did the Florentines do? They continued playing, well aware of the misfortune, but as

private terraces of their homes with

they said: “You can take everything away from us, but altruism and irony will never

songs or applause. Doctors, nurses, and

be missing in this city!”

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STUDENT PHOTOSTORY: CREATIVE SOLUTIONS DURING COVID-19 PHOTOS BY ARON AGUILERA AND TEJAS BALAPALLI MURALI | COORDINATED BY THE DIVA PHOTOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT

ARON AGUILERA DIVA students continue to document through

photography

and

this

issue features a section specially edited DIVA faculty member Marco Gualtieri. Photography Coordinator David Weiss explains the technique behind the images, and how it has been a tool for teaching resilience in the craft in adverse situations:

“I remember back in the 1980s there was a myth going around: Either Robert Capa or another well-known

photographer

had

figured out a way, out of necessity, to develop film that was still in the canister in a toilet out of necessity,

- Movement

since he was on the frontlines of World War II and there was the need to develop images as quickly as possible. Faced with the current pandemic and the national requirement of

self-isolation

in

Italy,

we

developed a similar technique with the film photography students in Florence. In addition, we looked at solutions for scanning and presenting work to faculty, and created a way to digitize using tools available at home. By taping wax paper on a window and then taping the film on it, students were able take pictures using a digital camera with a macro-lens and send them to us.� - Symmetry 4


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- Lights in the tunnel

- Shadows play

- Empty street

- My hand 5


TEJAS BALAPALLI MURALI

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FASHION ART

ARTIST MATILDE GAGLIARDO BRINGS PORTRAITS TO LIFE BY MEGAN KEENE | PHOTO BY MATILDE GAGLIARDO

Artist Matilde Gagliardo creates a new type of portrait in which the subjects are brought to life. With a video where the model doesn’t speak or move, viewers are brought into the room to share the moment.

Matilde Gagliardo is an Italian artist who has brought

the model and the onlooker. Although there are no words,

new meaning to the concept of a “portrait.” Rather than

you can almost hear what the model is thinking, as if you

a lifeless painting in a frame, Gagliardo gives viewers a

are carrying on a conversation.

live image of her muses. She films 10-minute-long videos

Take for example Gagliardo’s portrait of Olga Tokarczuk,

in which her model just stares into the camera, showing

a writer and Nobel Prize Winner. She is often seen in the

real human emotions and movement. You get to see

media as a very strong and intelligent woman, someone

the steady rising and falling of the person's chest, the

who does not show weakness and stands to promote

blinking of their eyes, and the display of their personal

peace and understanding between European nations. In

body language.

the video portrait, we see an unexpected vulnerability in

This type of portrait allows for a connection with the

Tokarczuk. You can tell she is feeling a bit nervous in the

subject, you feel as though you are in the room with them.

beginning and she isn’t sure where to look or what facial

Matilde’s style is simple. She shows her subject sitting in

expression to hold. We can all relate to the way she is

a room from the waist up. We see them in a place that

feeling as we have all been in positions that made us feel

they are connected to such as their office, backyard, or

awkward. It is moments like these in Gagliardo’s portraits

bedroom. There is no music playing, no one speaking,

that are so different. They allow for the onlooker to

just stillness. The only sound comes from nature or the

connect with the subject and relate in a way that isn’t

rustling of the space, creating a serene moment between

possible with a still image.

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FASHION FOOD & WINE

MACELLERIA LUCA AT THE MERCATO DI SANT’AMBROGIO BY KATHRYN HALVERSON, EMMA HYNEK, IAN SALINAS | PHOTO BY THE AUHOTRS For almost a century, the Macelleria Luca has been an essential part of the Mercato Sant’Ambrogio where customers come daily to get the best quality meat for their meals. Currently, the shop is run by Luca Menoni, but the business has been in his family for generations. The butcher shop was founded by Mr. Menoni’s grandfather in 1921 and it’s been passed down through the family all these years. Mr. Menoni started at the age of 13 when he would bike to the butcher shop during the summer in order to help his father. “I was eager to start, I was there so often they made a special small apron for me,” he shares. Almost a hundred years later, Macelleria Luca has doubled in size. The processing of meat has also changed by becoming more complex, and involving an intense refrigeration and display system. When he took the shop over from his father, Mr. Menoni made changes to fit his personal style of business. “My father set me free to run the business my own way and I understood that I had to be myself,” Mr. Menoni comments. He changed the way the business deals with clients and has consistently brought new technology into the shop. Over the past few years, the shop has been remodeled several times and now includes a restaurant, delivery services and online ordering. One of the most important lessons his father taught him was to welcome new practices into his business. “I try to apply this attitude towards all new things,” Menoni says. The Menoni family has always valued the quality of the shop’s products. “Meat should give you pleasure and nourishment,” Mr. Menoni said. He believes one of the things that helped the business is competition in the market, saying they chose to compete with better quality instead of lower prices. Additionally, the business prefers to have their meat produced locally to maintain its distinct Italian taste. Over the years, Macelleria Luca has become a household name in Florence. Mr. Menoni believes this success shouldn’t be a celebration of himself, but an example of how all butchers produce quality meats.

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ITALIAN LANGUAGE ADVANCED I COURSE: ITALIAN RAPPERS

ALLA SCOPERTA DEI CANTANTI RAP ITALIANI GHALI BY ARIANA SANTILLI | PHOTOS BY ARON AGUILERA

Quando la maggior parte della gente ascolta il nome

Secondo me, Mamma è una delle più grandi canzoni

Ghali, pensa a qualcosa di più di un rapper e un

scritte sul tema dell’immigrazione. Il testo è schietto,

cantautore; pensa a un artista che ha rivoluzionato il rap

onesto, per questo devastante. Già dal primo verso

e ha incoraggiato una nuova generazione a discutere di

mostra la paura che una famiglia ha quando il pubblico

problemi sociali e politici.

ha discussioni sulle espulsioni degli immigrati: Il sole si stiracchia e sale sempre più su / Batte sul suo

Ghali è nato a Milano da genitori tunisini. Nel 2011 ha

quartiere, sui mattoni rouges / Mamma è già sveglia.

formato il gruppo Troupe D’Elite (un gruppo che include l’altro famoso rapper Ernia). Nel 2017 ha pubblicato il

Con canzoni come Mamma, Ghali ha aiutato a far

suo primo album da solista.

passare il rap italiano da un genere di volgarità alla poesia. Anche se le canzoni discutono di temi seri, lo

La musica di Ghali è stata immediatamente un successo

fanno in uno stile narrativo.

perché è stato uno dei primi a rappare sull’argomento

del razzismo. Con genitori immigrati e un background

Un’altra canzone che riflette lo stile di Ghali è Cara

multiculturale, Ghali ha osservato una certa deriva

Italia. Il messaggio della canzone è che l’Italia è un

nazionalistica in Italia. Le sue canzoni raccontano così

paese bellissimo che lui è orgoglioso di chiamare casa.

una storia di unità, ma anche individualità e diversità in

Anche se niente è perfetto e l’Italia deve migliorare le

una società divisa.

sue politiche sull’immigrazione.

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CAPO PLAZA BY MATTHEW NICOLINI | PHOTOS BY ARON AGUILERA Capo Plaza è un artista Italiano che fa la musica rap/trap. È il più popolare tra i giovani rapper italiani ed europei, già da quando aveva vent’anni. A quell’età ha registrato il suo primo album, nel 2018. Il titolo è infatti 20 e contiene molti singoli di successo come Tesla e Uno Squillo. La sua canzone Tesla ha vinto il disco di platino per quattro volte nel mondo. Queste due canzoni hanno più di 50 milioni di ascolti su Spotify. 20 è il suo unico album, ma ha collaborato con altri cantanti per registrare nuovi

singoli.

Per

esempio,

un

anno fa ha scritto una canzone con l’artista americana Boogie With A Hoodie e anche una canzone con Aya Nakamura. Questi brani sono remix di originali, diventati popolari quanto gli originali. Capo Plaza ha registrato altri singoli in precedenza, tra cui tre canzoni. Allenamento 1, 2, e 3 nell’anno 2017. Molti dei suoi concerti fanno ancora il tutto esaurito molto rapidamente. La maggior parte della musica che registra ha un messaggio positivo rivolto ai giovani. L’attenzione di molte delle sue canzoni è sul non arrendersi mai per seguire i propri sogni.

che ci si può sempre riscattare. Sono

caso raro nella musica rap, perché

Capo Plaza si può dire che incoraggi

questi messaggi che lo rendono così

la maggior parte dei rapper cantano

soprattutto a credere in se stessi e

popolare fra i giovani. Questo è un

di droga o di violenza.

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FASHION FASHION

FLY LOOK OF THE MONTH PHOTOS BY: SOPHIA MANNING MODELING BY: ASHLEY BETH SANTOS STYLING AND WRITING BY: SOPHIA MANNING AND ASHLEY BETH SANTOS

Early 2000s Baby All of the students in our Fashion Retail Management class were born at the end of the ‘90s, so by the time early 2000’s fashion became a thing, we were unfortunately not old enough to wear it. We grew up obsessed with everything Britney Spears and Paris Hilton wore, much to the bewilderment of our disapproving parents. Now that decade-based trends are once again popular we can finally have fun with it. Yes, we’re talking about teeny-tiny handbags, cargo pants, and bandana kerchiefs – some of the signature items of

the decade's

aesthetic. Many trends from the earlier half of the 2000s were born out of globalization, the rise of fast fashion, and the growing influence of celebrities as style icons.

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The outfit we created for the Look

interesting and comfortable.

of the Month is the epitome of the

This is also the decade when it

early 2000s fashion. The vintage

became socially acceptable to mix

D&G jeans we chose are pink, the

designer and street fashion. For

most popular color for women’s

the accessories, we tied an orange

clothing at the time seen with Reese

bandana inspired by the ones that

Witherspoon in Legally Blonde (2001)

Carrie Bradshaw wore in Sex and the

or Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls

City (1998-2004). Lastly, we chose

(2004). To balance the colorful pants

a small baby pink bag with a circle

we chose a nude lycra turtleneck,

handle, made by one of the Leather

matching with leather boots of the

Design students last semester. It’s

same color. The medium squared

just the right size for your flip phone

boot heel makes the shoes both

and your essential items!

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STUDENT VOICE

WHERE DO DREAMS GLISTEN IN THE SUNLIGHT? BY ALEXANDER MAST

On the shore of the French Riviera, about half way between Marseilles and the Italian border, stands a large, proud, rose-colored hotel. Its exterior beamed in the heat of the mid-July sun as a man pulled into the lot out front, parking his old little Fiat, the engine extinguishing with a short sputter. He was aging, simply dressed in a professorial tweed coat, gray loose-fitted slacks, and black leather shoes that had seen many miles and journeys over the years. Tired from a long journey across the Riviera, he ambled across the gravel courtyard. At the center stood a spectacular stone monument of an important looking man from a time long ago, atop a fountain filled with coins from all over the world. The man stops and gazes up at the statue, then down to the coins strewn about the water, wondering what wishes and dreams lay decaying at the bottom of the fountain. He imagines a family walking into the courtyard, tired but excited for the vacation that lies ahead. A little girl stands ahead of her parents, clothed in the inexhaustible energy bestowed upon all children. She sees the fountain and begs for a small coin from her mother; a noble sacrifice towards her greatest wish. Her mother, in the generous spirit of travel, chooses to believe in the importance of the little girl's wish and hands her a coin. Standing at the head of the fountain, the girl pauses, thinking intently of her deepest wishes and desires. Her parents, older and more jaded, wait impatiently for her to choose while secretly scoffing at these childish games. But the girl does not notice, caring only for the wish. After some time, a decision is made. With closed eyes, seeing only her wish that manifested before her, she tosses the coin into the water, and watches it slowly drift to the bottom, joining a cavalcade of coins. The girl then hurries along. What the wish was, or the result of her payment towards this wish matters not. It was a payment towards the thought of her future, a brief yet tactile moment to ponder what could be. These little monuments to fleeting desires glisten in the sunlight as the man passes along. He steps into the immense wooden doors at the front of the hotel, disappearing under the proud roof of this rose colored hotel, filled with dreams and hope. 14

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ALUMNI PROFILE

ALUMNI INTERVIEW WITH ETHAN ZUK BY THE FUA-AUF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Introduce yourself

Have you taken part in

Hi, my name is Ethan Zuk. I am from Highland, Michigan

any Alumni events yet?

which is about an hour outside of Detroit. I recently

I was one of the original

graduated from Robert Morris University with a Bachelor's

collaborators of FUA-AUF

degree in Culinary Arts.

on the Lake in Chicago, which I look forward to

When did you study at FUA-AUF?

taking part of in the future

I actually studied at FUA-AUF three different times. The first time was for 2 sessions in the fall of 2017. The second

What

are

your

favorite

FUA-AUF

memories?

time was for the culinary competition in February of 2018.

My favorite memories are of the students and staff I had

Finally, I came back in the fall of 2018 to participate in the

the pleasure of meeting along the way. All of the evening

TuttoToscana program.

gelato trips, and conversations about each person’s hometown and backgrounds, creating lifelong connections

Why did you choose to study at FUA-AUF?

all facilitated by FUA-AUF.

My school has a partnership with FUA where fellow culinary students from my school will only attend FUA-AUF to study

Are you still friends/in contact with someone you have

abroad. Furthermore, traveling to Italy has always been a

met at FUA-AUF?

dream of mine, so everything came together well.

I remain in contact with a lot of the people I met while attending the institution. Even though they might live in

Did you do an internship or SPEL placement through

different parts of the world almost everyone is just a phone

FUA-AUF?

call away. I recently met up with my first roommate while

During my second session I participated in a SPEL at Ganzo.

in Firenze along with some other friends we made during

It was a wonderful time where I collaborated with different

our stay.

classes and I got to experience a professional context in Italy. I would highly recommend the opportunity to anyone

What would you say to any future students looking into

who attends FUA-AUF.

FUA-AUF? I would say that FUA-AUF is more than a institution. It is a

What did you do at FUA-AUF that helped you in your

place to make lifelong connections with people you would

career and/or in your personal growth?

probably never meet during the course of your life.

While studying at FUA-AUF, I learned many new cooking techniques not traditionally taught at schools in the States,

If you had 60 seconds to convince a friend that they

while also getting an in depth look into traditional Italian

should study abroad at FUA-AUF, what would you say?

cuisine I wouldn't have been able to get anywhere else.

I would say the information you gather at FUA will be

I also learned a lot from the interaction between all the

equally helpful to your career as the connections you make

students around the world finding a way to learn and

along the way.

collaborate together. Describe your FUA-AUF experience with a word. Have you traveled with FUA-AUF? How was it?

Impactful.

I went on two field learning activities with FUA-AUF; the first was to Cinque Terre and the second was to Torino.

What are your plans for the future?

They were both phenomenal sightseeing and learning

Currently, I am working as a lead in a Tapas Restaurant. In

experiences where I got an inside look of Italian culture

the future, I hope to be able to start my own restaurant, but

while being guided by FUA-AUF staff.

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