Jacobs, Steven

Steven Jacobs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. received his B.A. in Italian and French from Marist College. Rather than beginning his undergraduate degree at the main campus in Poughkeepsie, New York, Steven spent his freshman year studying in Florence. During this time, he took courses on Italian language and culture, and volunteered as an assistant Italian teacher at a literacy school for foreigners. Upon returning to the U.S., Steven began working at his College's Language Center as an Italian Coach (and two years later as a French Coach). Thereafter, he interned at Magazzino Italian Art, and served as a T.A for Elementary Italian I. Consumed by wanderlust, Steven spent another year abroad, first in Grenoble, France, where he studied French and volunteered as an English teacher, and then in Taormina, Sicily, where he studied Italian language and culture while interning at the Public Library and working as a writer and translator for the school. Throughout this year abroad, Steven produced a 21 episode video series called Language Lens featuring over 50 unique interviews in Italian, French, German, and even Maltese. He subsequently presented this as his Honors Thesis Project back on campus. As a senior he continued his work at the Weiss Language Center, and began working on a collaborative research project, "Conversational User Interfaces and Second Language Skills," which he ultimately presented with faculty and a fellow student at the INTED Conference in Valencia. Steven once again served as a T.A, this time for a modern Italian literature course focusing on women's voices during the Shoah. This experience brought him to travel to Piedmont over the brief Fall break to conduct research and interviews about partisan fighter and author, Ada Gobetti. Along with his Italian thesis on Domenico Starnone's novel, Lacci, which was accepted to be presented at the 2020 AATI Conference, this greatly influenced his research inquiries. Currently, he is focused on 20th and 21st century literature, with a particular interest in the Resistance period as experienced by women partisans. A language learning enthusiast, Steven speaks (at varying levels of proficiency) Italian, French, German, and Spanish, and has recently been trying his hand at Swahili. Steven feels happy and fortunate to be a part of the Rutgers family.