Roads to Appalachia through the Mezzogiorno
June 20 – July 3, 2014
Featuring the regions of Campania, Calabria & Sicily in Southern Italy
Arrangements by National Travel of West Virginia
Invitation to Town and Gown Participants
Announcing: An exciting excursion to southern Italy, also known as the Messogiorno, the land of “the midday sun,” between the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas.
The Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College, in collaboration with the Calabria – West Virginia Italian Heritage Association, will sponsor this “Roads to Appalachia through Study – Travel Abroad” from June 20 – July 3, 2014, that focuses on the unique similarities between Appalachia and southern Italy’s heritage, especially as found in the prima regions of Campania, Calabria, and Sicily where many Italian West Virginians can trace their cultural roots through ancestors who were part of the massive migration of labor force needed to fuel the Industrial Revolution in American at the beginning of the 20th Century. As outlined in the itinerary, travelers will experience the contrasts of regional landscapes, architecture, works of art and folklore, as well as exploring famous cities, visiting small villages and forests, eating wonderful food, seeing historical monuments and buildings, and meeting artisans. At the heart of our journey are two special excursions. The first is the annual festival in honor of San Giovanni (Feast Day – June 24) in the hill town that bears his name. The second is a visitation and recruiting program to the University of Calabria, in Rende, which has a student exchange program with Fairmont State University.
Academic Credit and Student Travel Scholarships
This 2014 Study – Travel through southern Italy is being hosted by professors Dr. Judy Prozzillo Byers, Director, and Mr. Noel W. Tenney, Cultural Specialist, for the Folklife Center. Pre-travel sessions, materials, and presentations, along with a listing of selected readings will be housed at the Folklife Center and its Fidura Special Collections Library. Folk 3350, Special Tropics: Roads to Appalachia Study – Travel Abroad, will be available for three hours of credit, during Spring Semester 2014, on Thursday evenings. A number of student travel scholarships will also be available, selected through a competitive application process, for those interested in exploring the Italian language, culture, or study at the University of Calabria. For scholarship applications students can contact the Gabor WV Folklife Center at 304–367– 4403 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Judy P. Byers at 304–367–4286 or email@example.com.