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  Sant’ Anna Institute (Italy).      Universidad La Salle Oaxaca (México).     Virginia Commonwealth University (US)
This project entails virtual collaborative classes between students and faculty from all three partner organizations. VCU students (English speakers) share and discuss ideas with both Spanish speakers (ULSA) and other US-based students studying abroad in Italy at Sant’Anna (class of Introduction to Philosophy or Religions of the Classical Antiquity).
The course theme is “Tradition and Cultural Change,” and the course structures (6 collaborative sessions held at the beginning of Fall 2022) will help students get a deeper understanding of cultural/linguistic diversity, inclusion, and equality by focusing on the following subtopics:
1-Cultural change and cultural adaptation–through migration, colonization, globalization, tourism, political/social crisis;
2-Cultural loss and cultural preservation;
3-Cultural appreciation vs. appropriation;
4-Cultural agency and advocacy.
Students will deepen their knowledge of these topics by looking at: food traditions, music and dance traditions (festivals, performances, etc.), material culture traditions (monuments, tourist sites, traditional clothing, craft, etc.).
They will compare their US-based perspectives on these topics with Mexican and Southern Italian/Mediterranean one, while also considering local, ethnic, migrant, and indigenous cultural traditions.
The project was developed as a Service Learning collaboration between VCU faculty Nadia Inserra and Audrey Short, Global Engagement Co-Curricular Coordinator at VCU.

 

Sant’Anna Institute is extremely proud to announce our new partnership with The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® – OSDIA – the oldest and largest national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States.

Founded in 1905, today OSDIA has 35,000 members, making it the leading service and advocacy organization for the United States’ estimated 26 million people of Italian descent.

Sant’Anna Institute will honor OSDIA’s mission to encourage the study of Italian language and culture with bespoke study abroad programs, providing unique and intergenerational learning experiences. As a host institution for university study abroad programs in Sorrento, Italy over the past two decades, it has also been the mission of Sant’Anna to connect Americans with the Italian culture and especially the southern Italian community and history found in our area. The impact of the study abroad experience can be even more profound for students and faculty of Italian decent, who may find an even deeper meaning being immersed in the authentic Italian setting of Sorrento and its surroundings.

The study abroad programs designed for members and family of OSDIA at Sant’Anna will offer a wide range of disciplines from Italian Studies to Social and Natural Sciences, from Classical Studies to Business & Management – all integrated with experiential activities to enrich each program. As such, this partnership aims to strengthen our collective roots, preserving Italian American traditions, culture, history and heritage while promoting closer cultural relations between the United States and Italy.