During Wesleyan’s Mid-Semester Recess, Joyce Jacobsen, dean of the Social Sciences Division, director of Global Initiatives and the Andrews Professor of Economics, visited Wesleyan’s study-abroad programs in Madrid, Bologna and Paris. Other faculty from both Wesleyan and Vassar (Wesleyan’s consortial partner at all three sites, along with Wellesley in Bologna) also were present, including Professor of Spanish Antonio Gonzalez, interim director of international studies. Each program has local staff (assistant directors, instructors and professors, and host families), many with longstanding relationships with the program. Jacobsen viewed the facilities, reviewed course enrollment procedures, and met with students, administrators and professors in all three locations.
During 2013-14, 38 students are studying in Madrid (31 from Wesleyan), 43 in Bologna (11 from Wesleyan), and 48 in Paris (21 from Wesleyan).
“The students were enthusiastic about their experiences abroad and about these programs,” Jacobsen said. Photos of Jacobsen’s visits are below:
In Paris, Bruno Clément, professor of French literature at Paris 8; Jeff Rider, professor of French at Wesleyan; and Joyce Jacobsen gathered at Reid Hall, the longtime center for the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris. The faculty met with Wesleyan students, host families and professors, and celebrated the upcoming retirement Christine Reno, current resident director and professor of French and francophone studies at Vassar.
Pictured at the Reid Hall reception are Daniel Issroff ‘15, Antonio Gonzalez and Christine Reno.
In Madrid, Wesleyan and the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Madrid hosted a reception at Café Galdós, a tapas bar. Pictured is Pepa Eizaguirre, assistant director, and program alumna Lesley Faulkner ’11.
Also in Madrid, guests visited El Txok and ate squid cooked in its own ink. Pictured in front is Ana Pérez-Gironés, resident director.
Antonio Gonzalez and Ana Pérez-Gironés enjoy their time at Café Galdós.
In Bologna, Ellen Nerenberg, current resident director for the Eastern College Consortium (ECCO) in Bologna and Hollis Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, arranged for a cooking lesson and dinner for the main staff at Rita Mattioli’s house. Rita gives all of the students a series of three cooking lessons, as the students in Bologna live in dormitories with Italian students and cook their meals in communal kitchens.
Pictured, from left cooking, are Nerenberg; Mariantonietta Dioli, assistant to the ECCO director; and Joyce Jacobsen.
For more information on these Wesleyan-sponsored study-abroad programs and other study-abroad opportunities, see the program websites (http://www.wesleyan.edu/madrid/,http://www.eccoprogram.it/, and http://en.vwpp.org/) and the Office of International Studies website (http://www.wesleyan.edu/ois/).