Etta’s experiences teaching Italian university students as a William J. Fulbright scholar, teaching US university students abroad, and her onsite research in Italian archives feed her love for All Things Italy. Gain a taste by subscribing to her newsletter and blog and following on social media. 

All Things Italy Winter/Spring 2021

You're among the first recipients of my All Things Italy newsletter! Thanks for starting this journey with me. I hope we'll have a long ride and a buon viaggio together. After months of planning to...
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Utopian and Dystopian Visions: Sicily and Engaging Italy

Monte Argentario, off the coast of southern Tuscany Emeralds in a sea of sapphire—gems among gemstones—to a romantic dreamer. To those who have removed the rose-colored glasses, perhaps they emerge more like...
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A Sicilian Memoir: Simeti’s On Persephone’s Island

Mandarins and pears at an open market in Sicily. Photo: Andrew Malone , Wikimedia Commons via Flickr Mary Taylor Simeti’s memoir of Sicily as an American expat will not be for everyone....
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A Past January Inauguration Day in Sicily Spurs Hope for Future

Gray skies above Catania, Sicily, in January A few years back--twelve, to be exact--I was adjusting to an unfamiliar climate and culture. Less than two weeks off the plane in Catania,...
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Riding the Winter Waves: Reading for Health 

Elizabeth Blackwell writing on happiness in 1845 Here’s the second part to a post from just after Thanksgiving 2020, “Riding the Holiday Waves: Writing for Health.” Because some consider early January as...
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Coincidence or Signs? Waldensians in the News

Twice in less than 24 hours—actually, within about 12 hours—I received notice from two friends* of two recent but very different news stories about the Waldensians. One was in here, in Friday’s New York Times,...
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Riding the Holiday Waves: Writing for Health

Hello, friends. How have the first of the holidays been for you? Have the emotions of 2020's elections and COVID caused these past few days to seem calm, by comparison? Or are you riding those...
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The Past Hauntingly Repeats Itself? National Elections of 1844

George Perkins Marsh portrait engraving by H. B. Hall, reprinted in Life & Letters (1888)  Title Page of Life & Letters of George Perkins Marsh (1888) As presidential election news was...
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Coffee Passions: One of These Things is Not Like the Other

Double espresso and breakfast cookie in Rome Cappuccino from Starbucks, small One afternoon this week my desk work demanded a break. A good strong coffee called to...
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Food Memories: Utopian Visions?

I missed June's blog. I'm making up for it by referring here to a short blog that appeared elsewhere last month. I wrote "Koulourakia Cravings" for a website called  Historians Cooking the Past.  I, like...
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Cancelled!

As Italy crawls back to life, many of us mourn the loss of trips planned and cancelled. This week-after-semester's-end at the university often finds me in flight across the Atlantic. For most of the last...
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A Privileged Perspective: On Escaping A Stricken Field

Cover of 1940 edition of Martha Gellhorn's A Stricken Field In January, reading Anne Boyd Rioux’s review essay of Martha Gellhorn’s A Stricken Field,  I was intrigued enough to order a...
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