IMG_0320The Cagli Project is a hybrid that combines classroom instruction and lab work with aspects of internship and practicum courses, including fieldwork, in a setting unfamiliar to student participants. Students participating in the Cagli Project are assigned to teams and develop a storytelling project. Time is spent in class, in the field researching and producing stories, and in the lab completing assignments and coordinating the elements of each story. Students should be prepared to perform a variety of assignments and chores to support the effective functioning of the project. There are seven specific course modules: Digital Storytelling, Photography, Intercultural Communication, Journaling, and Italian language and culture. Students will work to master these elements and work as a team to produce distinct multimedia presentations. Because of the setting of this program, students will have a unique opportunity to learn how to access a foreign culture and to acquire practical language skills rapidly by using an immersion technique. The ability to assimilate quickly and to hone in on another culture’s values are indispensable tools for anyone preparing for a career in a field where globalization and intercultural com-munication are becoming increasingly important. At the micro level, students will learn how “to read” another culture on its own terms — thereby eliminating cultural bias. At the macro level, students will be ready to become facilitators in the intercultural dialogue that the modern world requires. Students learn how to explore a foreign culture by developing ethnographic skills to learn a culture from an insider’s perspective. You will write stories, which will share your immersion experience over a range of topics from economics and health care to language and culture– but which are given faces through the people of Cagli.

Why Cagli?

Cagli Panorama

Hidden from tourists among the Appennini Mountains in the Marche region of central Italy, Cagli offers a unique opportunity to explore authentic Italian life. Cagli has a rich history dating back well over 2,000 years.  Cagli became part of the Roman Empire in 295 BC and quickly grew in prominence as a vital stop on the ancient Via Flaminia, one of Rome’s earliest and most important roads. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Cagli’s strategic location made it a popular staging ground for battles.  In 1287, the city was destroyed by fire in a battle among noble Italian families, but was rebuilt two-years later under orders from Pope Nicholas IV. It was held by various noble families until it was incorporated into the Papal States in the 17th Century, eventually becoming part of unified Italy in 1860.

Though its history is apparent throughout the town, Cagli boasts a rich modern social scene, summer concerts and festivals, and one of the region’s most beautiful theaters. The town also has a hospital, dentists, a gymnasium, grocery stores, and several outdoor caffès and restaurants. Despite its relative seclusion, Cagli is accessible to most larger cities through the bus depot, which includes service twice daily to Rome, three hours away. Students can take advantage of buses throughout the day to local cities like Gubbio, Urbino, Pesaro, Pergola, Gualdo Tadino, and the beach town of  Fano on the Adriatic coast. There may be additional services via transfers to Rimini, Forli, Bologna, Padova, Venice, Assisi, Perugia, Pompeii, and Solerno.

Cagli is home to over 10,000 citizens, most of whom live outside the main city center. It is a small, quiet town that has many stories to tell. Your job is to find those stories, whether they be about the people, cuisine, culture, businesses, institutions, etc.

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