2020-21 Events

FALL 2020  SPRING 2021  ONGOING PROJECTS

Spring 2021

  • Italiani che lasciano l’Italia: A Book Presentation (virtual event in Italian only)
    Tuesday Feb. 23  12-2pm EST (5-7pm GMT in UK)
    Organized by ISO (Italian Studies at the University of Oxford, UK)
    in collaboration with the University of Bergen (Norway) and the Inserra Endowed Chair at Montclair State University

Speakers: Marco Alberio (Université du Québec à Rimouski) and Fabio Berti (Università di Siena), co-editors of the book
Respondents: Teresa Fiore (Montclair State) and Monica Miscali (Norwegian University of Science and Technology).
Moderated by: Guido Bonsaver (University of Oxford)

 

The Taste of WWII in Italy: International Tensions and Local Solutions for Food Supplies

  • An Online Lecture by Lizzie Collingham, followed by a Q&A
    Sunday March 7  2pm EST 

In connection with the project Food, Hunger, Migration and the American Myth in Sicily at the Time of the WWII Allied Landing
In partnership with Associazione Memento, a Sicily-based non-profit dedicated to the memory of the Allied Landing in Licata (Italy).
In collaboration with the Italian Program (Dept. of World Languages and Cultures), the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, and the Department of History.

 

Aztec Chocolate in Sicily

  • An online cooking lesson with Annalisa Pompeo
    Designed in connection with the course project Italian for Spanish Speakers offered at MSU.
    Monday April 19  11:15am-12:30pm EST – Zoom meeting with limited spots available

Included in the series “Dentro/Afuera: The Interconnections between Italian and Latin American/Spanish Cultures”
Linked to the Italian Program (Dept. of World Languages and Cultures) and the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia di Palermo (Lingua e Traduzione Spagnola)

 

Italian American Film and Songs (Definitive title and webpage TBA) 

  • An online presentation by Mark Rotella
    Designed in connection with the GenEd course “Italian Americans in Film,” offered at MSU
    Date TBA   12:45-2:00pm EST – Zoom meeting with limited spots available

Linked to the Italian Program (Dept. of World Languages and Cultures)

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 (cinematographer) and Jaime Baeza Freer (Universidad de Chile)
    Sun. Nov. 22, 2020 at 3pm (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)
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)

 

Ongoing research projects

Soldier K-ration

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, now supported by an NEH Award, about the vibrant linkages between Italy and Latin America as part of century-long colonial and migratory experiences. See Methods page

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.

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