Media Coverage for Fall 2017 and Announcement about Spring 2018

The cultural programs for the fall semester have come to a close and we are pleased to share a wide variety of materials (see media coverage) that document the enrichment these programs have brought to debates concerning religion and immigration as well as performances and studies about language. The calendar focused on theater in more prominent ways thanks to the fruitful collaboration with the Kasser Theater/APC for two productions (Karin Coonrod’s production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Emma Dante's Le sorelle Macaluso/The Sisters Macaluso), which were positively reviewed by many media, including The New York Times. We continued to pay attention to subtitling and to interdisciplinary exchanges on mobility across the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, which constitute areas of concentration for cultural programming as well as faculty research and student-focused projects in Italian Studies at MSU.

All programs were the result of collaborations among units on campus (CHSS, History, Political Science and Law, Sociology, Modern Languages and Literature, Religion) as well as with Italian and American institutions in New York (Centro Primo Levi, Italian Cultural Institute) and private companies (Mistral Artist Management). As a whole they have reached one thousand people roughly in the course of slightly over three months. We continue to take pride in having audiences mostly made up of students with additional participants from the Italophile community of the NJ/NY metropolitan area at large.

Dr. Fiore will be on sabbatical in Spring 2018 and the regular cultural programming will be suspended. The Inserra Endowment may be part of programs organized by other units on campus or institutions and organizations off campus to be in line with its collaborative and interdisciplinary approach. The internships supported by the Inserra family's scholarships will be offered regularly, news items will reflect information about Dr. Fiore's research, and emails will inform our list subscribers about summer initiatives and upcoming programs for AY 2018-19.

Thank you for supporting Italian and Italian American culture with your participation, and please continue to stay tuned.