Tonight, I watched Lifetime Channel’s version of the Amanda Knox conviction. As an international educator, I felt I needed to watch this movie. As a journalist, I have tried to keep my opinion out of my writing. I have tried to instead focus on what this case has meant for study abroad. For study abroad, […]
I’ve written about the “ugly American” syndrome. I’ve written about the value of going abroad to learn about your host country and yourself. And today, I’m apologizing for what I expect will be nothing by an “ugly American explosion” in the country that gave the world Michelangelo, DaVinci and Botticelli.
This spring, we are sending Italy some of the least cultured media/pop culture that the United States has to offer, a show called the Jersey Shore. One of the more notable characters we are sharing is “Snooki.” (This young woman was arrested for public intoxication in the stateside version of the reality show she is on – called “The Jersey Shore.” I wonder if MTV cares that it is sending her to a country where public intoxication is not well tolerated. Then again, I wonder if the Italian government cares – they apparently are granting her a visa!)
With Ms. Knox’s appeal scheduled for Wednesday, I again began to think about the implications of her arrest and conviction on study abroad program administration. I recently posed the following question to colleagues in the field: “How many of your institutions (US, non-US) made policy or process changes as a result of the Knox case?”
Update on the Amanda Knox Case: Slander, Art, Moore Firing and Scholarship
Here are three interesting videos that highlight the importance of non-verbal communication.
Update on Amanda Knox case: Will an appeal, scheduled for Fall, mean freedom for Amanda Knox?