Avanti Cagli, ieiMedia’s summer initiative in Italy, will offer study and program options in 2018

Apr 21, 2017   //   by Michael Dorsher   //   Blog, Italy  //  No Comments
Mike Dorsher, Ph.D., is the executive director of ieiMedia. A journalism professor emeritus for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Dorsher was a Fulbright Scholar at McGill University in Montréal, 2008-09, and a founding editor of washingtonpost.com, 1996-2000.
Grapes at Ca'Le Soure Vineyard in Cagli.

Grapes at Ca’Le Soure Vineyard in Cagli.

The Institute for Education in International Media will be going home to its Italian roots in Cagli next summer with a spate of new credit-bearing programs in areas such as intercultural communication, culinary journalism and opera.

Prof. John Caputo, Ph.D., who headed Gonzaga University’s former program in Cagli, will continue his academic and administrative work as ieiMedia’s director of operations. Caputo was part of the original team when the Cagli Project (now Avanti Cagli) was first established by Loyola University (Md.) in 2001.

The return to Cagli of ieiMedia comes on the heels of three recent developments:

• Our background work with the University of Jamestown in establishing its own facility in Cagli
• The discontinuance two years ago of Marquette University’s summer media program in Cagli
• The end this summer of Gonzaga University’s graduate program there

ieiMedia Founder and President Andrew Ciofalo, professor emeritus at Loyola, made the announcement now in order to open up opportunities for entrepreneurial faculty and other universities to partner with ieiMedia.

“Our current program in Urbino, partnered with James Madison University, will continue to be our flagship multimedia program in Italy and for our organization,” Ciofalo said. “We are also encouraged that our new international reporting program in Bologna, with Rutgers University, has met its enrollment objectives this summer.”

While ieiMedia is open to summer and fall semester proposals, this is what is in the works for summer 2018 in Cagli:

• Faces of Cagli — Caputo’s successful biographical publishing project offered for three credits in Intercultural Communications (in proposal stage with Eastern Washington University)
• Culinary Journalism — four undergrad credits under development by faculty from Ithaca College
• Opera Workshop and Residency — details to come
• Cooperative links under discussion with the University of Rome-Sapienza

This summer and next year, other ieiMedia projects will be offered for credit in Derry and Armagh, Northern Ireland; Urbino and Bologna,  Italy; Valencia, Spain; Oslo, Norway; Kyoto, Japan; and Jerusalem. We are also exploring opportunities in Quebec and and reviewing options to return to France and Istanbul.

For further information, contact ieiMedia Executive Director Michael Dorsher, Ph.D., mdorsher@uwec.edu.

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