In June 2019, Professor Annachiara Mariani (Italian) led a collaborative project between five Italian majors and minors of the University of Tennessee (Chrissy Grammaticas, Zoe Mazzu, Aurora Parker, Maggie Stroud, Carla Whaleyand) and the city of Roseto degli Abruzzi in Italy. The mayor of Roseto proposed to our students the translation into English of the Italian novella, La leggenda del borgo/ The Legend of The Village, which was written by students of a Roseto high school. This short book is published under the city’s sponsorship. During a cultural event June 1, 2019, UT students presented their work and shared their learning experience with their Italian counterpart and the public at large. Following the presentation, our students received an award for their translation.
It is truly an experiential learning opportunity for the students. Our students stayed for 10 days with the families of the students who wrote the novella. The families provided free room and board. In addition, the city of Roseto offered the American students a monetary contribution to be used to defray the airfare cost. At UT, the project was generously funded by the Mossman Endowment Scholarship, the Undergraduate Research Grant, and the Center for International Education. Their presentation of this book translation project won the award of excellence for the 23rd Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA).