2020-21 Events

Fall 2020

Transnational Italian Studies within Transnational Modern Languages: A Book and Handbook Presentation


An event in collaboration with the Italian Program (Dept. of World Languages and Cultures) and Transnational Italian Studies Research Network (Modern Language Association)

 

Santiago, Italia: Stories of Refugees of the Past in Today’s World of Tightening Borders

  • Screening of the documentary Santiago, Italia (2019, Winner of David di Donatello as Best Documentary) by Nanni Moretti and a conversation with the cinematographer Maura Morales Bergmann and a scholar (TBA)
    Sun. Nov. 22, 2020 (online event)   

Included in the new series “Dentro/Afuera: The Interconnections between Italian and Latin American/Spanish Cultures”

 A partnership with the Accademia del Cinema Italiano Premi David di Donatello (the Italian equivalent of the Oscar Awards) with a focus on documentaries
In connection with the course project Italian for Spanish Speakers offered at MSU
In collaboration with the Italian Program (Dept. of World Languages and Cultures)

Spring 2021


In connection with the project Food, Hunger, Migration and the American Myth in Sicily at the Time of the WWII Allied Landing
In collaboration with the Italian Program (Dept. of World Languages and Cultures)

Plurilingual and Pluricultural 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).

Date, time, and locationTBA 


In collaboration with the Italian Program (Dept. of World Language and Cultures), the Dept. of Linguistics, the Dept. of Political Science and Law, the Office for Faculty Advancement, the Office of Hispanic Serving Initiatives, the MSUNER (Network for Educational Renewal), and The Agenda for Education in a Democracy at MSU, as well as IACE (Italian American Committee on Education) linked to the General Consulate of Italy in NYC.

Ongoing programs for college and high school students

Paid internships in Italian Business/Made in Italy

  • After three successful editions, the 2020-21 paid internship program promises new partnerships and expanded opportunities for our students thanks to the support of the Inserra Endowment. Stay tuned for updates!
Red, yellow, and green graphic silouette of a person on a Vespa scooter.

Summer Italian Intensive Program for College Credit (TBC depending on COVID)

  • The only Italian program 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 residential 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

  • An in-progress research project about food practices and human mobility before and after 1943. Supported by the Angelo and Marie Cali Fund for Italian Studies and the Inserra Endowment at MSU

Italian for Spanish Speakers: A Trans-Language, Trans-Cultural, Tran-National Project

  • An in-progress research and teaching project about the vibrant linkages between Italy and Latin America as part of century-long colonial and migratory experiences. See Methods page

Credit for header image: Lucio Fontana (an Italo-Argentinian artist), “Concetto Spaziale, Attese 1961 2” (source)