Richard B. Newton
Program Director & Photography Instructor
Rick has been teaching photography and leading foreign study programs in Mexico, Belise, Guatemala, and Sicily for UMass since 1991. He has a BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and a BS and MS from UMass in Natural Resource Studies. He first went to Sicily in 1997 and since then can't seem to stay away. Sicily 2014 will be the seventeenth Journalism course that he has led to the island. Of course, Rick is concerned solely with the educational components of the experience and not at all interested in the awe inspiring landscape, the warm and friendly people, the fascinating history, and the extraordinary food and wines of Sicily.
Carol has been a writer and editor for 25 years, roaming (and writing about) every inch of New England (when on staff at Yankee Magazine) as well as farther-flung locales. Carol lived on the Yukon River in Alaska, tending a sled-dog kennel; coauthored a guidebook, New England Camping, and wrote a monthly newspaper column "The Traveling Outdoorswoman." A native of New Hampshire, Carol is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Communication. Sicily 2014 will be Carol's fourth year teaching the writing track of the course.
Jeremiah is a graduate of UMass (BFA, Art) and holds an MFA from the Hartford Art School where he now teaches drawing and painting. He is a nationally recognized watercolor artist who exhibits through the Sherry French Gallery in New York City. He was a participant in Rick Newton's Yucatan program as an undergraduate in 1992 and has been a guest lecturer in the Sicily program since 2001. He will join us with16 students from the Hartford Art School.
Rosa Rizza & Mario Fili
Our Sicilian Team
Simply the best tour director, guide, friend, and substitute mom....teamed up with the best bus driver in all of Sicily ... and did we mention that Mario also owns the bus company!