Letter from the Director

Dear Civitellians, Friends, 

Here at Civitella the vines are turning bright red and the walnut tree outside my office window is nearly bare of what were brilliant yellow leaves.  Fall is turning slowly to winter.  I welcome the change, the lower temperatures, the fog banks in the morning, the smell of wood smoke in the air.  Yesterday we dined on wild boar Maurizio had hunted carefully prepared by Romana.  Winter no longer means the end of the season for us as we begin to welcome our Winter Session guests, travel study programs, and returning alumni.                                                                                                                                                                               
This has been a spectacular year for all of us on staff:  four groups of terrific Fellows and Director’s Guests, intriguing excursions through Umbria, southern Tuscany, and the Marche, dinner conversations and insights into our ever changing world.  We added six new countries to our roster this year including Macedonia, East Timor and Tanzania (see the map below for a complete visual representation of where all of our former Fellows are from).                                                                                                                                    
We will continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary well into December now focusing on events in New York to highlight our Fellows’ talents and expand visibility of the important work the Foundation has done over these past 25 years.
                                                                                  
                                                                                                                               Many Thanks,

Dana Prescott, Executive Director