Talks and Trips

Etta enjoys taking ideas beyond the university classroom.  Whether speaking at a public venue in Missouri, a library in Tuscany, or on the streets of Rome, the subjects she considers are tailored to a group’s interests. She organizes workshops and educational trips for adults that build from topics she writes and teaches about.

Etta’s last three custom-designed and thematic educational trips for adults focused on alternative communities and religious practices, American Protestant pilgrims, and American writers abroad. The last planned small group trip, scheduled for June 2020, was postponed due to COVID-19.

These inspirational journeys for adults grow from her teaching of Italian university students as a William J. Fulbright scholar, teaching American university students abroad, and her onsite research in Italian archives.

In Constance Fenimore Woolson’s Footsteps in Italy

May 14 - May 26

This May 2024 small group trip to Italy focuses on the life of 19th-century author Constance Fenimore Woolson. I will co-lead the trip with Woolson biographer Anne Boyd Rioux. The…

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