Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Integrating coursework in Italy

Julie Mikush ’17Julie Mikush ’17

Studio art major

Studied digital photography at the Istituto Lorenzo dé Medici in Florence, Italy

Photo by Juli Mikush

Florence, Italy - Global Issues and Awareness. Global Need: Access to clean, safe water.

“The overall experience of studying abroad made me more outgoing and willing to try new things, including exploring as much of Italy as possible. While on a weekend trip, I took this photo of a room inside a Pompeii home. As a sophomore, I took the art history course ‘Visualizing Ancient Rome,’ taught by Professor Evelyn Staudinger. When I decided late in the semester to study abroad in Italy, I was so excited, as I knew I would have the opportunity to see architecture and sculpture that we had studied in the class. For my research paper for the course, I studied the styles of Roman wall paintings. Having knowledge of the history of Pompeii, including the wall paintings, made it all the more exciting when I had the chance to see them in person. In this particular photograph, there is not much left of the wall painting, but in other locations in Pompeii there are almost fully intact paintings.”

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Inspired in Morocco

Mayte Contreras-Caro ’18

International relations major 

Took part in the SIT Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights Program, in Rabat, Morocco; studied a variety of subjects, including Arabic, Islam, social movements and Moroccan politics

“Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to not only see amazing places but also to meet amazing people, both from my program and Moroccan friends. I loved that the friends I met were comfortable around me enough to express their personal feelings about certain pressing issues in Morocco. I wanted to know more—more about their gender-based struggles or advantages, contemporary issues clashing with their religion and so many more social pressures.  

“I wrote my final independent study paper on beauty standards and their influence on Moroccan women’s lifestyle. I touched upon religion, social life, culture and politics. The interactions and material learned inspired me to write passionately about this topic.”

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Publications, honors and creative works: Faculty

Vicki Bartolini, professor of education, co-authored the article “Transforming a Reggio-Inspired Documentation Assignment Using VoiceThread, an Online Collaborative Tool,” in the journal Innovations in Early Education: The International Reggio Emilia Exchange, with former Wheaton faculty technology liaison Patrick Rashleigh (March).

Alex Bloom, professor of history, presented four lectures at universities in Italy: “‘How the Other Half (Learned To) Live’: Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity in late 19th-century America,” at the Universita di Roma Tre, in Rome, in February; “1968: The Year the World Exploded,” at Palazzo Ducale, in Genoa, in March; “‘The Personal is Political, the Political is Personal:’ Understanding the 1960s,” at the Istituto Universitario Orientale, in Naples, in March; and The Trump Presidency: How We Got Here and Where We Might Be Going,” at Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali, in Rome, in March. [Read more...]

Publications, honors and creative works: Alumnae/i

Joanne Kourepinos Adams ’82 has been selected as the Top Female Executive Director of the Year for 2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals.

Jonathan Huss ’98, New York-based musician, had one of his songs played on radio station 107.1 The Peak (WXPX-FM) in April.

Samuel Kestenbaum ’09, who is a religion writer and reporter at the New York-based newspaper The Forward, wrote the article “When Passover is about American slavery” in The Atlantic (April).

Dorothy Kerper Monnelly ’58 has photographs on exhibit in “Fragile Water,” along with those of Ansel Adams and Ernest Brooks, at the San Jose Museum of Art in California, through August 1.

William Richards ’04, senior director of digital content strategy for the American Institute of Architects, authored Revolt and Reform in Architecture’s Academy: Urban Renewal, Race, and the Rise of Design in the Public Interest (Routledge, 2017).

Heather Spitzberg ’96 wrote “Life’s Lot” in Junto magazine (March).