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tion majors, she studied art history and the Italian language and literature. Her time at the Rome Center cemented her love for the place. “That sent me on my journey. It really shaped my life,” Mauro says. She went on to become an arts writer and a theater/dance critic, writing for Chicago magazine and the Chicago Tribune, among others, but she also wrote a lot about Italy. She wrote for TravelAge


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magazine and for Fra Noi, an Italian-American newspaper, and published two books of her Italian photography.


Mauro has visited most of Italy and has traveled there many times


since she attended the Rome Center. It was a chance encounter in Rome in 2009, in fact, that inspired her latest endeavor. “I was standing in front of the obelisk in St. Peter’s Square wait-


ing to meet a film colleague,” says Mauro. “A young American man leaned against the railing near me. We struck up a conversation, and I noticed that he was wearing a pair of shoes that didn’t fit him properly and were practically torn to shreds—as if he had walked halfway around the world in them.” Mauro asked what had brought the man to Rome. The answer so


touched Mauro that it stayed with her for years. The young man’s brother was a Marine who had been killed by


a roadside bomb in Iraq. He had hoped to backpack with friends through Rome, but died before he had the chance. “So [his brother] took it upon himself to fulfill that dream,” Mauro says. “He put on his brother’s favorite shoes, which were too tight,


Lucia Mauro (BA ‘86, JFRC ‘85), lifelong lover of Italy and a through-and-through Loyolan, wrote her new film based on a man she met while traveling in Rome.


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Lucia Mauro’s new film is inspired by a lifelong love of Rome— and a chance encounter while there.


or Lucia Mauro (BA ’86, JFRC ’85), all roads lead to Rome—and to Loyola. A second-generation Italian American, Mauro has always been drawn to the culture and history of Italy. She studied the language for four years in high school, and the Rome Center was a big part of why she chose to attend Loyola where, in addition to her English and communica-


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