William Thorn, Director & Intercultural Communication
Dr. Thorn chairs the department of Journalism. A former newspaper reporter and editor, he teaches History of American News Media, Religious Journalism and Newspaper Design.
Thorn has taught regularly at Pontifical universities in Rome and has been a consultant to the Vatican since 1982.
His research interests include electronic database networks for church documents,Catholics as a media audience, Catholic use of media at diocesan level, the effects of media on the religious imagination of children, and the church and Generation X. His most recent book is Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement.
Gael Garbarino, Assistant Director & Video (Scripting, Interviewing, Production)
Senior Producer/Writer/Director for Plum Moving Media and a part time journalism instructor at Marquette University. Gael began her career in radio news in Milwaukee and then worked as a television news journalist for 9 years.
She has produced public television documentaries and currently oversees multi-media communication projects for a variety of business clients.
Steve Byers, Feature Writing & Editing
After more than 30 years working for daily newspapers in Indiana and Wisconsin and a brief stint on the famed Chicago City News Bureau, Steve Byers has been researching connections between newspapers and their communities. He has a doctorate in Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he has taught classes in Journalism, History, and Urban Studies (a multi-disciplinary program studying city building).
His research has centered on the ways in which Americans have used newspapers in building a sense of community, especially among isolated groups like minorities, ethnics, and suburban and small town residents. He currently is teaching Journalism, especially digital storytelling, and advising print and online student media at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
Joel Davies, Webmaster & Web Design, Video Editing
Joel Davies has served as head of the New Media sequence and Director of the Interdisciplinary Graphic Design Program at Creighton University since 1999. He teaches Web & interactive design, motion graphics and advanced new media courses at Creighton.
Selected to become an Apple Distinguished Educator in the Class of 2007, Joel is also the founder and director of the Creighton Apple Authorized Training Center, as well as the third Final Cut Studio Master Trainer in all of Higher Education.
2010 will mark his third time teaching in Cagli, although he took some time off since 2005 to goof around with his kids. Joel and his wife Meg will celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary in Cagli this year.
Giordana Kaftan, Italian & Italian Culture
Head of the Italian Program at Marquette University. Kaftan teaches all levels of Italian language and classes of Italian culture and literature in translation.
She earned her degree in Translation and Interpretation at Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori in Rome, Italy in 1985 and a Master’s Degree In Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 1997.
Michael Williams, Photography, Videography
Chair of the News-Information track and associate professor of interactive media at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.
Williams has been a professor at several U.S. univeristies and has also been a visiting professor at Ural State University in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Prior to teaching, Williams had nearly 10 years in professional journalism as a photographer, editor and director of Internet development. He has also done extensive visual communication work throughout the U.S., Europe and Russia.
If you need to contact a student or faculty member in the Cagli Program because of an emergency, please use the numbers below:
From the US, dial 011 39 and then the number below:
William Thorn, director 331 930 3741
Gael Garbarino, asst. director 331 213 8453
Police Department, Cagli 0721 780744 or 0721 780766
Cagli City Hall FAX 0721 780792
Public Safety, Marquette University 414/288-1911
Office of International Education
Daytime hours: 414/288-7289
Note: The American embassy in Rome and the consulate in Florence should be used as a last resort due to inevitable time delays in relaying your message. The numbers below assume a call from the U.S. If from Europe, omit the 011.
American Embassy, Rome
Switchboard: (011) 39 06 46741
Fax: (011) 39 06 4674 2356
American Consulate in Florence
Switchboard: 011 39 055 266 951
Fax: 011 39 06 4674 2356