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2019-20 Events

Fall 2019

Screening (at the) Golden Door: Actor Vincenzo Amato Discusses Emanuele Crialese’s Film about Immigration from Italy to the U.S.
(In-class presentation: Very limited seating)

  • A conversation accompanied by select film clips and moderated by Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair, Montclair State University)
    Thur. Sept. 12, 2019 1-2:15 p.m.  Location TBA

Critical Made in Italy Part 5: Environment and Nutrition

  • A Panel Discussion with  Dr. Maurizio Cellura (University of Palermo, Italy) and with Wayne DeFeo (DeFeo Associates Environmental Consulting, NJ)
    Thur. Sept. 26, 2019 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Lecture Hall 101, Feliciano School of Business)

In collaboration with the Italian Program (Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures), the Dept. of Earth and Environmental Studies, and the Dept. of Nutrition and Food Studies at MSU

Anna Piaggi: Creativity and Passion in and Beyond Fashion

  • A Lecture by Stefano Piaggi (President of the Anna Piaggi Foundation), including excerpts from Alina Marazzi’s documentary Anna Piaggi: una visionaria della moda
    Wed. Oct. 9, 2019   6:30-8pm Location TBA

An event organized by the Fashion Studies Program (Art and Design Dept.) and co-sponsored by the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies, in collaboration with the Italian Program (Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures) at MSU.

Unbuilding Walls, Expanding Cultural Horizons: Jhumpa Lahiri on Translation

  • A conversation with Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer, moderated by Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair, Montclair State University)
    Mon. Nov. 18, 2019 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Conference Center Ballroom, University Hall 7th Floor)
  • Workshop led by Jhumpa Lahiri about Translation, based her editing and translation work forThe Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories.
    Mon. Nov. 18, 2019 2:30-4 p.m. (Location TBA)
    Open to students and faculty at MSU (RSVP coming soon)

Spring 2020

More events coming soon

Italian Information Designer Giorgia Lupi on Data Humanism

  • A presentation on data visualization, moderated by Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair, Montclair State University)
    February, 2019   6:30-8:30pm (Location TBD)

Plurilingualism and Intercultural Education in the Global Era: New Challenges and Opportunities  – A Presentation by Barbara Spinelli (Columbia University)

  • An event on language teaching and learning in universities characterized by strong diversity. Linked to the new teaching project Italian for Spanish Speakers and MSU’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
    Monday in March (date and location TBD)

Winter and Summer 2020

Paid internship in Italian Business/Made in Italy

Red, yellow, and green graphic silouette of a person on a Vespa scooter.

2020 Summer Italian Intensive Course for College Credit (webpage to be developed: see general information)

  • The only Italian course in the US designed in an intensive summer format for high school students on a university campus  includes guest speakers and off-campus tours, a residence option, intern opportunities and a wide range of scholarships. A collaborative effort at all levels, the course relies on a network of high schools and the support of the Italian government and the Italian American community.

Ongoing research projects and activities

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Food, Hunger, Migration and the American Myth in Sicily at the Time of the WWII Allied Landing

  • Illustration of the in-progress research project about food practices and human mobility before and after 1943.
    Presentations by faculty and student assistant
Pre-Occupied Spaces

Ongoing presentations of Teresa Fiore’s book Pre-occupied Spaces

  • Winner of the 2017 AAIS/American Association of Italian Studies Book Prize, Honorable Mention at the 2018 MLA Marraro Prize and Runner UP at the Gadda Prize in Edinburgh, UK.
    Various locations around the U.S. and various dates throughout the academic year

Credit for header image: Details of Lucio Fontana’s canvas “Concetto spaziale – Attese” (1960)