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.

Negotiating Networks, Not Friendships, in 19th-Century Rome

September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT

As part of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers panel, “Networking, 19th-Century Style: Preserving and Analyzing American Women’s Networks.” I will discuss Anne Hampton Brewster, Emily Bliss Gould, and Caroline Crane Marsh in Rome. These three women did not consider themselves good friends, although they remained neighborly during their time in Italy.…

Controversies of Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option

September 30 @ 8:00 am - October 2 @ 5:00 pm CDT

This virtual presentation will comment on Rod Dreher’s bestselling book, The Benedict Option (2017), as it connects to traditions of communal life and utopian visions. As part of a panel at the Communal Studies Association (CSA), the exact date (between Sept. 30 & Oct. 2) and time will be posted as soon as available.

American women in Italy

November 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CDT
Springfield, MO

Private event

Sororal Sadness and Hope: Transatlantic Letters of Public and Private Loss

November 5 - November 7

This talk focuses on letters Caroline Crane Marsh and her sister Lucy exchanged during the Civil War, when Caroline lived in Italy and Lucy witnessed the ravages of family, friends, and strangers near her St. Louis, Missouri, home. Exact day and time of presentation will be shared as soon as available.