Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center


Interview with Dr. Anne Wingenter

Interview with Dr. Anne Wingenter
Anne Wingenter

Why did you decide to come to Loyola?


I came to Loyola Chicago first as a grad student, mainly to work with Dr. Cardoza, whose research and writing about Modern Italy I admired. The fact that Loyola had a campus in Rome was also something I considered because I anticipated (rightly so, as it turned out) that my own research would lead me here.
How long have you been teaching at the JFRC?


7.5 years (but before that, I also taught here as a Grad student)


What courses do you teach at the JFRC?


I teach courses in Modern Italian and European History, Women's and Gender History, and Western Civilization. I also teach an Honors course - Encountering Contemporary Europe - and The Ricci Scholars Seminar.


Why do you think it is so important for a student to study abroad?


Study abroad offers students the opportunity for personal growth. Experiencing another culture first hand gives us more questions to ask - about history, about culture, about identity, about society. Ideally, the experience can also makes us realize that answering those questions requires a lifelong, active curiosity about the world and our place in it.


What is your favorite part about Rome?


The chaos and pace of the city - which is, incidentally, also my least favorite part.


What is your favorite spot in Rome?


It's impossible to pick a single favorite spot; it depends on the season, my mood, the time of day, whether or not I'm hungry.... I like the Villa Celimontana in the late spring, the Non-Catholic Cemetery when I'm depressed, the Jewish Ghetto in the early evening if I'm hungry and it's not Saturday.


Give us a recommendation for the best spot to eat in Rome. And why?


I like Il Bocconcino in via Ostilia. They do Roman Cuisine with great attention to high quality ingredients and traditional recipes and techniques.