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Richard B. Newton, Photography, Program Director<>

Rick has been teaching photography and leading foreign study programs in Mexico, Belise, Guatemala, and Sicily for UMass since 1991. He holds a BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and a BS and MS from UMass in Natural Resource Studies. He teaches Photojournalism and Web Page Design for the Journalism Major, is information technology manager and web page designer for the Environmental Institute and is a member of the Committee on Overseas Programs and Exchanges in the Office of International Programs. He first went to Sicily in 1997 and since then can't seem to stay away. Sicily 2008 will be the eleventh Journalism course that he has led to the island. Of course, Rick is only concerned 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.

Karen Skolfield, Travel Writing <>

Karen served as a photojournalist in the Army for seven years, including a stint as a travel writer in northern Italy. She earned her MFA in writing from UMass and currently works as the senior editor and writer in the College of Engineering. In her spare time she writes freelance magazine articles and backpacks with Moose, her rather large canine. In 2002, her first year teaching this course, she discovered the taste of truly exceptional olive oil, and her kitchen has improved tremendously as a result.

Jeremiah Patterson , Guest Lecturer, Art and Art History

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.


Richard Rubin. Rich is a Family Physician at the Umass Health Service. He enjoys travel. This will be his sixth trip with Rick Newton fifth to Sicily with the Photojournalism course. He encourages students participating in Sicily 2005 to call him at Health Services if they have travel related health questions. (577-5312)


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