Centre College Brown Fellows to be published in Italian magazine

When first-years in the Brown Fellows program at Centre left to visit Italy over the summer, they knew they would see important sights and learn about the culture of Italy. What they didn’t know is that they — along with Brown Fellows from the University of Louisville — would end up writing articles for publication in an Italian magazine. Starting in September, La Gazzetta Italiana will run four articles the students wrote during their trip.
Ashley El Rady ’15 explains that the opportunity to write the articles came before they even got to Italy.
“While we were in the Chicago airport during our layover on our way to Italy, Marco Capuano, our translator and one of our chaperones on the trip, told us about the Gazzetta Italiana, an Italian-American magazine he contributes articles to. He told us about an opportunity to write articles about things we learned and observed on our trip,” El Rady says.
Splitting into four groups of five, the Brown Fellows were each assigned a topic: domestic policy and Italian identity, history and tourism, international relations and food policy. Three of the four group leaders — El Rady, Sara Loy ’15 and Danny Miller ’15 — are Centre students.
“I was appointed group leader for the article on international relations between America and Italy,” Miller says. “Each group member, at least in my group, was assigned a specific area of focus within the topic — such as the impact of the relationship on Italy, the impact on America, how organizations such as the E.U. affected the relationship and how the relationship affected the average Italian or American.”
Loy, whose group wrote on history and tourism in Italy, got her group together to work on their article whenever possible throughout the trip.
“Throughout the trip, my group and I would meet periodically and go over the subtopics of our focus. We’d sit together on the bus and one person would discuss history and tourism within the Vatican or history in Italy versus history in the U.S.,” she says.
Miller believes that working on the group project opened his eyes to aspects of Italian culture he might not have paid attention to otherwise.
“The articles gave us valuable experience in areas we would not ordinarily have paid much attention to. Furthermore, they forced us to open our minds and look around, which in turn led to a much more fulfilling and enriching experience as a whole,” he says. “Instead of just focusing on the general ‘touristy’ things, we had to dig deeper and really look at the nuances of the history and culture around us, which, in the end, was the whole point of the trip.”
El Rady, whose group wrote on domestic policy and Italian identity, agrees.
“This project allowed me to see that, in addition to learning about Italy and its history from the monuments, art and architecture, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Camera die Deputati and the Embassy, we learned so much about what makes the Italian people unique from the Italians themselves,” El Rady says.
“I now have an opinion on a fascinating topic — a topic I wouldn’t have thought of without the article,” Loy adds. “I certainly can’t look at tourism in foreign countries — especially Italy — the same way.”

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