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Michael Aaron Wright

Director of European Programs, Duquesne University
Professor, Intercultural Awareness and Exploration


Michael helped establish Duquesne University’s flagship campus in Italy and has been the Director in Rome since the first year of the program (2001). He was instrumental in the development opening of the Duquesne in Dublin program in Ireland and director of the center since its inception in 2013. His vision helped in the creation, coordination, and implementation of new and successful short-term summer study abroad programs in Europe and Africa, including Italy, Ireland, Ghana, and Tanzania. 

Michael helped with the development of the Intercultural Awareness cornerstone course series at Duquesne University and co-teaches the course in Rome. He is also a co-founder of Be the Difference-Never Again, in addition to serving as an active member of AACUPI (American Association of College and University Programs in Italy), EUASA (European Association of Study Abroad) as a committee member, THE FORUM ON EDUCATION ABROAD, the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), and is a Friend of the American Academy of Rome. 

Michael has a B.A. from Duquesne University in Spanish an M.A. from St. Louis University (Madrid) in Spanish Literature and an M.A. from Graceland University in Theology, with a focus in Peace and Justice Studies. He is fluent in English, Italian, and Spanish and is a dual citizen of the United States and Italy.  

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