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WOMEN’S HEALTH CLASS OF PURDUE UNIVERSITY PRESENT RESEARCH FINDINGS AT FUA Prof. Andrea DeMaria and her 15 Purdue University students spent part of their summer in Florence with Florence University of the Arts (FUA) to facilitate an immersive 7-week women’s health study abroad experience. This program provided 15 students, majoring in Pharmacy, Public Health, Nursing, Health Disparities, and Pre-Medicine with a unique interdisciplinary, research-based learning experience focused on women’s health, reproductive justice, Italian culture, and recent health-related policies in Italy. These exceptional students were hand-selected by Prof. DeMaria through an intense screening and interview process. Once admitted, the group regularly met to engage in developmental pre-departure trainings that equipped them with basic academic and cultural competencies to maximize the extraordinary global education opportunity offered through this dynamic partnership between Purdue University and FUA. In addition to enrolling in FUA courses, students were also

by Prof. Andrea L. DeMaria Photo by author

in Prof. DeMaria’s Women’s Health Research Methods course, which trained them in basic research practices: study conceptualization, qualitative data collection and analysis, and professional manuscript and presentation composition. Students completed 30 one-on-one interviews with women (aged 18 – 50) during their study abroad period, where they discussed topics such as healthcare access, contraception access, infertility, and reproductive tourism. Web-based survey data collection is ongoing, and interested women in the target age range living in Florence are encouraged to access the study website to learn more. The Purdue University team made many local connections through their research process, including budding relationships with The British Institute of Florence, Libreria della donne di Firenze, and Firenze Moms 4 Moms Network, to name a few.

As a culminating experience, Prof. DeMaria’s students formally presented their research findings and study abroad experiences on Wednesday June 20 2018 in Sala Rosa to their peers and members of the FUA and local communities. The students were received with much warmth, praise, and encouragement for their significant efforts as well as their extraordinary academic

and cultural growth. This research and FUA partnership is ongoing, with plans to present and publish all research findings. Prof. DeMaria will be returning in Summer 2019 for the third year in a row to continue to build from the current program and further construct partnership opportunities with FUA.


LOST STORIES EXHIBITION AT GANZO “Lost Stories” is the recent exhibition featured at Ganzo, curated by Giovanni Rosiello’s Gallery Exhibition and Curating students. It features works from several series by Florentine engineer and artist, Luca Piccini. When curating the show, we primarily focused on the theme of women which is present in many of Piccini’s works. He refers to himself as the “painter of lost stories,” in that he chooses to show stories and subjects that are often forgotten. We felt compelled to choose images from multiple series including “Silent Movie Stars,” “Geishas,” “Prostitutes,” amongst others, since women are the central theme. Piccini strives to showcase women, as their stories have often been lost in the retelling of history. The figurehead piece is, “THE(da) Vamp(ire),” depicting a woman who starred in a silent movie about a vampire. After the film’s success, a beautiful woman who earned fame due to her own personal accomplishments as an actress, was given the title of a “vamp.” To Piccini, when women began starring in these films they began to 2

autonomously gain a voice in history. The show opened on May 30, and many students, locals, as well as friends of the artist attended. Upon entering Ganzo, some of Piccini’s works on human rights can be seen, another common theme in his art. It was important for the Gallery Exhibition and Curating class to touch on the artist’s interest in other cultures such as Japan, his emphasis on human rights, and his depiction of stories important to him. During the interview process he demonstrated how passionate he is about championing human rights causes, so it was foreseen this would be a necessary element to feature in the show. After listening to the attendees’ thoughts on the exhibition, it was clear that this diverse representation of his works was appealing, especially to those who did not already know the artist. One student who attended the show said, “I love the representation of women in the show, I appreciated that they were able to incorporate women from different aspects of life in such a cohesive way.” The “Geisha” artworks

by Sara Catherine Rogers Photo by author

featured in the show are part of a very recent series done by Piccini, which is very popular amongst his collectors. To work with Luca Piccini and his art was an amazing first experience for the Gallery Exhibition and Curating class, his art

inspired all the students and it was an honor for them to work with him. The artwork will remain in Ganzo until the closing of the exhibit on July 10.




by Dara Hernandez Photo by author

In commemoration of the 160th anniversary of this famous Biscottificio, a small museum has opened up in the heart of Florence, the “Piccolo Museo-Bottega Antonio Mattei”. The brand-new museum is located on Via Porta Rossa 76/R and is free to enter.

Antonio Mattei is known around the world for his one-of-a-kind recipe for a dry almond biscuit, as well as his distinctive blue packaging. In 1858 he opened up his factory and store, Biscottificio Mattei, the product of which soon became Prato’s most typical and traditional biscuit. Today, the business founded by Mattei is run by the Pandolfini family who inherited the company in 1920 and have made it a priority to preserve the tradition recipe, whilst also introducing new products. One of their recent innovations is the small museum now open to the people of Florence. Upon entering, the museum seems to be a normal biscotti shop with all of its products on display for purchase. However, the staff are welcoming and pleased to show guests the way toward the museum in the back area. The room is noticeably small but filled with tons of history in every corner. It is curated in a way that allows guests to read the story of the biscottificio in the form of creative timelines. The first timeline is located on the left wall and begins

by telling Antonio Mattei’s journey. Other areas include the history of the Pandolfini’s, the blue bag, artisan factory and tradition, and innovation of the biscotto.

The room is filled with antique items that have been crucial to the business’ success over the years. In one corner, there is an real kneading machine that was used in the 1900s. Other objects held in the museum are an old rolling pin, a handle for pans and a sieve for the selection of almonds. On the shelves, there is a box that holds three original blue packages. This is one of the most

important aspects of the company as it is a huge element of what sets them apart. The first design shown was created in 1870 using the color blue to pay homage to the unification of Italy and the monarchs. In 1940, the shape of the bag was modified to be slightly longer and the color adjusted to appear brighter. Finally, in 1990 the color becomes slightly darker and the design remains until today with minor changes made in the material. The museum also includes a wall of photographs with a list on the left side to help guests navigate through them and understand what they are looking at. Antonio Mattei had a very important request and it was that his recipe remain intact. Over a century and a half later, customers can continue to enjoy his delightful creation just as he had made it so many years before. The Piccolo MuseoBottega Antonio Mattei is a beautiful reminder of tradition and history. It is a must visit in the city of Florence. Not only are the biscotti absolutely delicious but learning their history makes them all the more tasty. 3


MUSINGS FROM SAN GALGANO After exploring the breathtaking beauty and history of San Galgano, the Introduction to Renaissance Art class reflect upon their impressions of the Cathedral of San Galgano. Daniela explores in depth the complex architectural detail of the cathedral, whilst Lydia delves into the story of San Galgano and his extraordinary life.

GOTHIC ARCHITECTURE IN SAN GALGANO San Galgano, the site of many religious places, is known to be a Tuscan gem of Gothic arts and spirits because of its history, artistic design, and architecture. The cathedral of San Galgano is one place in particular that expresses the different architectural style that it has compared to other religious sites. Gothic art was originally described as “monstrous, barbarous� and was defined by confusion and disorder due to how different it was from traditional art and architecture. The style of gothic art was much bolder than traditional renaissance art and was used as a method of reflecting religious convictions, politics and wealth. Today, the most popular characteristics of Gothic architecture have been embraced in modern designs. Gothic art is known for its high arches; the pointed arches aid the height of the cathedral and help distribute the weight of the walls, ceilings, and pillars. Aside from the arches, vaulted ceilings help the structure of the pointed arches and distribute support to make ceilings

higher than before. The flying buttresses on the outside of the cathedral are both practical and decorative in design. The buttresses surround the building and act as a method of holding the weight of the walls. The higher the walls of the cathedral, the more the buttresses extend. The final aspect of the cathedral is the high windows; the windows have the same shape as the arches and were once filled with stained-glass. Stainedglass windows added additional light and

BEAUTY IN RUINS The San Galgano Cathedral was once a magnificent church that was built for monks and Saint Galgano. Although it has since been destroyed and now exists in ruins, its beauty remains in the surviving structure and its details. The cathedral no longer has a roof or windows, exposing its geometrical frame. The pillars in multiples of three or four show aspects of Romanesque times while the use of pointed arches resemble Gothic times. The building was worked 4

by Daniela Trotman Photo by Lapo Morgantini

color into the building. The Cathedral of San Galgano depicts the Gothic art style of pointed arches, tall height, high windows, flying buttresses and vaults rendering this art as popular and beautiful as it is. Due to the way in which this art has evolved from medieval times and the influence it has had, Gothic art will continue to be a model for architecture.

by Lydia Tourtellotte on throughout a number of centuries which is why there are Roman as well as Gothic aspects to the architecture. The cathedral also represents the architectural intelligence of people in those early years because of the accuracy of its perfect structure. Other aspects that show intense accuracy and architectural talent include the abbey, the spiral staircase, the cemetery, and the stone used to build such structures. The large window frames that line the

cathedral leave space to imagine what might have been, conjuring mental images of huge beautiful windows that would flooded the interior with natural light from its peaceful and secluded surroundings. As the first Gothic cathedral built in Tuscany, its details make it a gem of the experimental architecture of that time. The church was most likely built as an example to exhibit the wealth of Italy, and to attempt to build a holy space divine enough for


God. The monks that inhabited the space during that time, as well as the story of San Galgano, represent the spirit of the era. The Saint lived in the church and was also buried in the space, however during his lifetime, he decided

to give up all of his worldly possessions, including the cathedral itself, to become a hermit. Many stories of are told of religious figures sacrificing all of their wealth to obtain a life of simplicity and to bring them closer to God. This further


illustrates the cathedral’s complex beauty; San Galgano felt he had to give it up because its worldly beauty was too magnificent to allow him to lead a truly modest life.

by Jillian Sennello, Morgan Lyons, Marina Pasqualone, Julia Nachman

Florence tends to be very hot, especially during the summer months of June, July, and August. This can make you very thirsty while exploring the city, but don’t worry because there are fountains all around Florence that you can drink from for free! Summertime in the city of Florence allows endless opportunities to sightsee. While experiencing all of the beauty Italy has to offer, it is vital to stay hydrated. As tourists typically are unaware, locals are aware that there are numerous public drinking fountains throughout the city. There are a total of 16 drinking fountains within the historical city center of Florence. While tourists may get

distracted by famous monuments, shops and restaurants in Florence, they may not notice just how far they walk throughout the day, and therefore it is extremely important to stay hydrated. In labouring to find someplace to purchase bottles of water, one could be missing the chance to receive a fresh drink of water from the fountains for free. These beneficial fountains are located all around the city,


While exploring the streets of Lucca, I stumbled upon a sculpture by Puerto Rican artist, Jiménez Deredia, and I was blown away. As I continued to walk around the city, signs saying “follow me” with a picture of a one of Deredia’s sculptures prompted me to follow them around the city. When I reached the last sign, I was thrown into the chaotic yet serine Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. The second I walked in, my eyes were drawn to the focal point of the piazza which was the large bronze sculpture entitled Pareja. My jaw dropped. The sculpture depicted

two figures supporting each other that were abstracted in a curvature. The use of roundness juxtaposing with the structured and geometric city was harmonious and beautiful. As I continued to wander through the city, I saw more signs and stumbled upon even more sculptures much like Pareja. The sculptures’ placement always seemed to be located near historical and important monuments including the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro and Chiesa di San Michele in Foro. The sculptures add a modern flare to the city’s rich history and they

and can typically be found near small squares, playgrounds, or benches. The company Publiacqua provides water to the public and assures that it is safe and high quality to consume. Finding these hidden fountains is a simple and brilliant idea that benefits your health, your wallet, and for the environment. Just bring your own reusable bottle!

by Brianna Rauch Photos by author

beautifully encapsulate the communal atmosphere of Lucca. The way in which the sculptures are all located forces the viewer to walk around the whole city to discover each one, rather than confining them to a museum or just one location. The exhibit is on display from April 28 to September 10 2018 and is composed of large marble or bronze sculptures of figures located around the city of Lucca. Overall, it was an incredible and unique experience to see that I would recommend if given the chance to go.



LOOK OF THE MONTH: REFRESHED This season is all about reinvention and this month is no exception. With June, comes the beginning of summer as well as plenty of fresh fruit to satisfy a sweet tooth. Models Cara Connor, Al Mauriello, Grace Cope and Laura Lozano are styled in warm, bold, and vibrant looks, which emphasize the freshness of the summer season and portray the versatility of the garments worn. The Emilio Pucci tunic dress and the Pucci yellow outfits prove that vintage garments can be styled with a modern twist. The hand-crafted items— a yellow and violet straw fascinator designed by FUA student Casey Huang and a


yellow hat with flowers made by FUA student Alix Waitman—serve as focal points for each look. A color-blocking technique is used to create Cara’s look, featuring an orange vintage knit top and yellow low crotch capri pants designed by FUA student Wascar Almonte. An olive green linen dress by emerging designer Bastah can be seen on model Al; this basic silhouette portrays ease and fluidity. These looks are inspired by FLY’s upcoming event on June 19, which will be an evening of fashion and entertainment focusing on the theme of reinvention. Go ahead, experiment with your own bold summer style!

Photography by Madison Letts Styling by Madison Letts, Mary Kate Donahue, Madeleine Clements, Sarah Penegar and Cara Connor Modelled by Cara Connor, Al Mauriello, Grace Cope and Laura Lozano



Inspired by their evening walks around the different neighbourhoods of Florence, Nutrition students from University of Missouri share the hidden gems they discover each week as they explore Florence and the different communities that call it home.


by Maggie Boul

The San Giovanni Quarter is home to arguably the most significant tourist attractions in Florence. There are constantly large crowds of tourists

an individual. However, one begins to wonder about the health of people who permanently reside in the quarter; in particular, the mental health of the

around the beautiful Duomo, groups exploring the Ponte Vecchio, and more walking tours being held around Michelangelo’s David sculpture. While walking around this quarter, the presence of visitors from near and far was apparent. People strolled around taking in the magnificent sites and artwork that the city has to offer. They smelled the pasticcerie and the gelaterie, and they heard different street musicians playing songs that only further enhanced the vibrant feel of Florence. Couples, young and old, strode hand in hand in the romantic setting while the step counts on their digital devices grew higher and higher. The city of Florence offers a healthy lifestyle that is camouflaged behind the rich history, beauty, and overall atmosphere of the area. Not only is the great deal of walking in the San Giovanni quarter physically beneficial, but it is also beneficial for the mental health of

local population. Do they experience the same awe as the tourists who visit their hometown, or does the large tourist population overwhelm them?

beautiful sites. However, it must get a little lonely or frustrating having many unfamiliar faces in your living area. For one to be mentally healthy, it is important to experience a strong sense of community – which is something that can get lost amongst the crowds of people. The overall physical wellness of the Florentine people definitely benefits from the many steps they have to take daily as their means of transportation, however their mental wellness is something to question and further review. It is important for the people who live here to make healthy lifestyle choices in order to decrease the stresses of living in a highly populated area. Things such as going on hikes, spending more time in open and less densely populated areas, and making more time to get out of the usual hustle and bustle of the San Giovanni Quarter are helpful in improving mental health. Something as simple as walking to the Arno River early in the morning to read a book as the sun

The people of Florence are known to be some of the most content people on the planet and living in a highly populated urban area such as San Giovanni Quarter can come with many advantages like living near some of Tuscany’s most

rises or hiking up to the Boboli Gardens to find some respite and embrace the quiet. The city of Florence is healthy and well, but Florentines should remember to give themselves a break every now and again from the busy city they call home. 7


by Hayley Brandt Photo by author

During my weekly Monday night city walk, I strolled around the streets of Florence exploring “le case

tower structures I was constantly spotting on my daily explorations. These towers were used during medieval

torri”, the tower houses. This walk became one of my favorites around the city, because it allowed me to further understand the beautiful

times for the feuding between families. The part that struck me the most was how I thought they were already such enormous buildings yet, the towers

SANTA CROCE QUARTIERE I have always loved to cook. From trying out new recipes to gathering up ingredients and creating my own, it is a hobby I have always enjoyed. That is why when I found out that the first recipe ever written down occurred here in Florence with the publication of Pellegrino Artusi’s La Scienza in Cucina e L’Arte di Mangiar Bene, I was instantly smitten. As someone who loves to cook, one element that I look for when considering a new recipe is the flow of the steps provided. The most interesting aspect of the presumed first recipe documented 8

is the layout and guidelines of the recipe itself. This recipe was unlike the ones found in cookbooks today. It included a much more intimate and exciting approach for gathering the necessary ingredients. Unlike recipes of today, with the typical “One egg, two cups of sugar, one stick of butter,” this recipe was somewhat of a wild goose chase. Instead of heading down the street to any old market, this recipe called for specific locations to acquire each ingredient. For instance, the recipe included information with nuances such as “Go to Ms. Ellen

had actually been “cut”! In other words, when families were losing battles, their towers were made shorter to make them appear as the weaker family. Some towers are still extravagant and large, but some are no more than an average building’s height. These towers are now used as restaurants and hotels. Imagine having the opportunity to stay in a tower the Ghibellines formerly lived in! One of the more intimate parts of the walk was when we were shown where the old “wheel” use to be located. This “wheel” was a part of an adoption center and foster home for unwanted children, Lo Spedale degli Innocenti. The mothers and fathers would place their child on the wheel and spin it so it would enter the building. This building was only used between the 1950s and the 1970s, and came to a total stop around the 2000’s. This place was filled with nuns who never asked questions about where these babies came from, instead, they simply took them in and raised them until due time. On another note, Florence was the first city to offer free ambulance service and continues to do so today. Florence is a city where an awareness of wellness runs through its history and its culture, meaning the wellbeing of its citizens is held at the heart of the city.

by Anna Eckhardt and pick up two fresh eggs, then head down the street and ask for pork from Giovanni’s butcher shop”, and so on. Artusi himself lived and worked in the area that is now Piazza D'azeglio near the Santa Croce neighborhood. Who would have known that something so incredible was found in what is now a bustling community park! Perhaps if recipes today included such an exciting approach to cooking, more people would be inspired to get in the kitchen themselves.




by Violet Hess, Brianna Jacobs, and Cameron Shepherd

Students of the Street Photography class enjoyed exploring Florence through the camera lens and captured snapshots of the simple beauty seen when wandering the streets of the city. As the summer arrives in Florence, with it comes arguably the most exciting period of the Florentine calendar. The month of June hosts Florence’s oldest sport, the “Calcio Storio Fiorentino”, a mix of soccer, rugby and wrestling. Each game is preceded by an extensive parade of drummers, flag-throwers, trumpeters amongst others, all in traditional Florentine dress. Brianna Jacobs captures a colorful sight as the parade starts in Piazza Santa Maria Novella and makes its way through the historical city center. Photos by Brianna Jacobs


In a bustling city, movement can be found wherever you turn. Cameron Shepherd illustrates the continuous movement of Florence in her photography, whether it be the motion of bicycles in transit, or the vibrant activity of people on the city’s streets. Photos by Cameron Shepherd



Everyday life is made up of the smaller details. Violet Hess captures the elements of daily life in Florence by focusing on the characters that can be found in individuals and the beauty that can be found in the ordinary.

Photos by Violet Hess



by Meghan Skinner

Florence is a city that comes with its own soundtrack. Whilst taking pleasure in walking Florence’s streets and admiring the beauty of its history, it seems fitting that music floats through the air amongst the voices and sounds of the thriving city. Meghan Skinner, a student of the Introduction to Digital Photography class, photographs the street musicians of Florence who perform their music for locals and visitors alike.






by Mattia delle Piane Photo courtesty of Hayley Degrandchamp

Hayley Degrandchamp studied Marketing at Central Michigan University and attended FUA in the spring of 2013. Some years later, Hayley is currently living in Boston and caught up with FUA’s Alumni Association to reflect upon her time at FUA.



FUA: What have you been up to since you left Florence? HD: I graduated from college in 2014. Shortly afterward, I moved from my home state of Michigan to Boston, Massachusetts. I’m currently working at a marketing tech start-up as the office manager, though I also work alongside the marketing team. You could say I’m moving up the company in that way.

FUA: Why did you choose to study at FUA (and Italy/Florence in general)? HD: While looking at study abroad programs from my school, I knew I wanted to study business. Italy was at the top of my list because I had always wanted to explore my Italian heritage more. I had never explored myheritage despite it always having been a huge part of my life on my mom’s side of the family. Ultimately, I really liked the idea of studying abroad in Florence because it’s a big enough city to allow for a lot of exploration while not being as big as someplace such as Rome, which, in comparison, would have felt more overwhelming to live in. Florence is more attainable and cosy, in a way.

FUA: What did you do at FUA that helped you in your career and/or in your personal growth? In which way studying abroad (at FUA) changed your life/ professional path/career? HD: Studying at FUA totally changed my life. When I arrived at college, I tended to be friends with people who were only interested in partying and not so much in their growth as a young person, including professional development and personal betterment. So when arrived in Florence, I knew that I wanted to look for friends who were the opposite of that: who wanted to actually have a good experience abroad. I did that right away and everything fell into place: I came with a blank slate and focused entirely on gaining new experiences. It was life-changing for me to be able to learn as much as I could, to travel through Europe as much as I could, and to do it with my new friends. We still get together once every year!

FUA: What are your favorite FUA memories? HD: I loved Ganzo—I’ll never forget trying a pigeon dish there. My friend also had an art show that was exhibited in Ganzo; I thought it was really cool that they recognized students for that. I also had a wine tasting class which was really good. And all of the professors were really awesome.

FUA: What would you say to any students who are considering studying at FUA? HD: Have fun with it! I took some business classes because that aligned with my career interests, but feel free to take classes that challenge you in different ways. I took a wine class which was the perfect thing to do while here in Italy. I would definitely recommend taking classes you think would be fun and getting the most out of every experience while you can.

FUA: What are your plans for the future? HD: I would like to start traveling again more. Eventually, I’d like to start my own business—right now I’m looking into real estate.




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