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2014-2015

  • October 16, 2015: Professor Rhiannon Noel Welch was co-chair of the "African, Europe, and the Mediterranean Migration Crisis"
  • July 2015: Professor Andras Baldi was nominated Academic Ambassador of the University of Urbino, Italy
  • Associate Professor, Paola Gambarota received the 2015 Federick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars at the American Academy in Rome from the American Council of Learned Societies to work on her book project, "American Naples: Cross-Cultural Memories of an Occupation," a cultural history of Naples under the Allied occupation (October 1943-1945). Using a broad range of sources - including newspapers, newsreels, photos, novels, films, poetry, plays, and diaries - she examines the impact of the occupation on the culture of the Southern Italian metropolis; has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the nation's pre-eminent learned society and research institution.
  • Honors Thesis 2015 - April 27, 2015
    • Margi Alvarez,
      Natural Order vs. Passion: Women’s Struggle for Autonomy during il Ventennio
      Advised by: Assistant Professor, Rhiannon Welch

    • Reveka Bojic,
      Futurist Past, Linguistic Present: Futurism's Language Versus Today's
      Theory of Universal Grammar
      Advised by: Associate Professor, Paola Gambarota

    • Alex Garey
      Petrarch's Grasp of Death and Pursuit of Immortality
      Advised by: Professor, Laura S. White

  • We are delighted to welcome our new Coordinator of the Italian Language Program, Dr. Carmela Scala, PhD in Comparative Literature (Italian and Spanish), who comes to us from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), after having taught at St. John’s and Hunter College. Benvenuta!
  • A special note of gratitude goes to Mr. Albert Zdenek for his generous gift and his pledge to support our graduate program. The donation will increase the Laggini Scholarship Fund, which enables us to offer one fellowship a year to one deserving graduate student.
  • Rossella Di Rosa was awarded the annual Joseph E. & Marie E. Laggini for 2013-2014. This prize is given to a graduate student who has excelled academically, has been a stellar instructor, but has also demonstrated a special commitment to the Department and all its activities.
  • Gabriella Bellorio and Eleonora Sartoni were awarded the Joseph, Sr. and Clementina Coccia Memorial Scholarship for 2014, to travel to Italy and complete their research projects during the summer.
  • Giuditta Cirnigliaro was awarded a Summer Researach Fellowship by the University of Konstanz.
  • Alberto Iozzia was awarded the prize for Best Graduate Paper for his essay entitled “Mirror Images, Nostalgia, Vanishing Frames. Imperialist Photography of Native Americans and Italian Colonies in Africa.”
  • Karen Ho was awarded the Angelo and Anna Soriano Memorial Scholarship for 2014, established by the Coccia Foundation to support outstanding M.A. candidates who do research in Italy during the summer.
  • Brian Smith was awarded the Paragano Family Scholarship for 2014 as a full-time M.A.T. student in our department, who plans to start a career as teacher of the Italian language
  • Cecilia R. Schiavo received the Coccia Foundation Scholarship for her academic performance, for being an active member of the Italian Club, and for studying abroad in Italy this summer.
  • We are happy to announce the 2014 Awards for the Best Papers:
    • Mohamed Bahri for best essay in the Advanced Composition and Stylistics Course
    • Nicoletta Romano for best essay in a 300-Level Course
    • Mihaela Sanderson for best essay in a 400-Level Course
    • Cristina Porzio for the best Quaderno Digitale in Prof. Welch’s course Cinema and Literature.

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