School of Liberal Arts News
This semester, the School of Liberal Arts welcomes Veronica Ranucci as a Visiting Lecturer from the branch campus in Florence, Italy. At the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute, she teaches courses in both Italian and in art history. At the College, she teaches Italian language courses.
Q: What kinds of experiences led you to become interested in teaching here in the Mid-Hudson Valley?
A: I received my degree in Art History at the University of Pisa. I got my Master’s degree in Museum Management at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. I earned a Specialization in teaching Italian language to foreigners from the University for Foreigners of Siena (Universita’ per stranieri di Siena).
Since 2003 I have taught Italian and Art History at the Italian branch campuses of a few American universities, including East Carolina University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Richmond. Because I have been working for many American colleges in Italy for so long, I wanted to see how they worked in the U.S.
Q: So, how do you like it here?
A: So far, my experience here has been fabulous. I’m really enjoying Marist and I’m really happy to meet my students from Florence around campus. I love this area too. I didn’t expect such a beautiful green natural environment, maybe because it’s something I cannot see in Florence. I really like to walk and discover the different parks and go on the pedestrian bridge across the Hudson River.
Every day I find out similarities and differences between Americans and Italians. The most exciting thing was to drive with an automatic gear, without clutch. And turn on right when the traffic light is red…I didn’t get used to that, yet!