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The College Today – Under the Moss: A Passion for Languages

Posted by: Sabine Hagn-Ford | November 1, 2017 | No Comment |

Enjoying the early fall, junior George Gabriel was sitting on the porch of the Multicultural House on Bull Street where students are required to speak in Spanish or French. A German and French double major, Portuguese and Global Trade double minor, and peer tutor, Gabriel was taking a few moments to relax after a hectic day. Incredibly, the three languages he studies are just the surface of his linguistic knowledge. Gabriel speaks German, Polish, Portuguese, French and Spanish, and hopes, one day, to know over 10 different languages. Read more . . .

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Dr. Giovanna De Luca – Activities

Posted by: Sabine Hagn-Ford | October 3, 2017 | No Comment |

Summer 2017: Led a Study Abroad program in Sorrento Italy.

June 2017: Presented the paper “Cinematic Evolution of the Representation of Paranza in Italian Cinema” at JMCS Conference in Rome.

May 2017: Presented the paper” “Comic Representation of Mafia in New Italian Cinema” at the annual conference of American Association of Italian Studies, Columbus, Ohio, 2017.

March 2017: Was the invited speaker for the talk: “Mafia and Comedy in New Italian Cinema” at the New School, New York.

February 2017: Published “Gomorra nell’immaginario popolare ossia ‘Gli effetti di Gomorra sulla gente.” AATI Work In Progress https://aati.uark.edu/online-working-papers

October 2016: Organized the annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival.

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Dr. Michael Maher – Publications, Panel Organization, Events

Posted by: Sabine Hagn-Ford | October 3, 2017 | No Comment |

Published a book review of Martin Eisner. Boccaccio and the Invention of Italian. Dante, Petrarch, Cavalcanti, and the Authority of the Vernacular Literature. New York: Cambridge UP, 2013. in Annali d’Italianistica 34.1 (2017): 532-34.

Published an article entitled, “Flora, Fauna, and Marsilio Ficino in Luigi Pulci’s Morgante.” Forum Italicum 57.1 (2017): 203-17.

Organized a panel entitled, The Vernacular Literature of the Quattrocento fiorentino at the American Association of Italian Studies Annual Conference (AAIS) at The Ohio State University in April 2017.

Presented an academic paper entitled, “Poich’io partii da voi: The Bible Rewritten in Luigi Pulci’s Verse” at the American Association of Italian Studies Annual Conference (AAIS) at The Ohio State University in April 2017.

On September 28th 2017 the Italian Studies Program held a meet-and-greet at Circe’s Grotto Restaurant. The event was entitled, “Pasta, Panini, and Professori.” A large turnout of current and prospective students enjoyed the event; no one left hungry.

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Dr. Lisa Signori – Camino Francés in Spain

Posted by: Sabine Hagn-Ford | October 3, 2017 | No Comment |

FYET No (S)pain No Gain: Hiking the Camino de Santiago in Northwestern Spain:
Over spring break 2017, Dr. Signori led a group of seven students on a hike (with packs on our backs) of the last 111 kilometers or so (~70 ish miles) over varied terrain on the Camino francés in Spain from Sarria into Santiago. The group flew into Madrid, and immediately took the train to Sarria (a six and a half hour ride) and began the six day walk to Santiago the next morning, sleeping in pilgrim accommodations along the way (albergues) in Sarria, Portomarin, Areixe, Melide, and Lavacolla. In Santiago, we spent the night at the Hostería San Martín Pinario (a former seminary constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries that has been converted to a hotel for pilgrims), and visited the Cathedral, taking a rooftop tour before attending the Pilgrim’s mass in the Cathedral and witnessing the swinging of the botafumeiro. We celebrated our arrival that evening with a group meal at the Parador de los Reyes Católicos, which was built on the orders of the monarchs Ferdinand and Isabel in the late 1400’s. The next day, we had the morning and early afternoon to visit the city of Santiago before heading to the airport to take a flight back to Madrid and returning to the USA. Dr. Signori led students on a similar trip over spring break 2016.

In April 2017, Dr. Signori gave a plenary session titled “There is a Reason It’s Called the Camino Francés” at the American Pilgrims on the Camino (the national pilgrimage organization in the US) Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

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Dr. Juliette Bourdier’s Study Abroad Program

Posted by: Sabine Hagn-Ford | October 3, 2017 | No Comment |

Dr. Bourdier took 10 students to Paris for eight weeks on the Summer Internship in Paris program. Students worked in French companies and lived with French families. They trained for job searches and professional practices, and also attended professional events during a full immersion program into the French work environment.

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Dr. Téfo Attafi’s Study Abroad in Morocco

Posted by: Sabine Hagn-Ford | October 2, 2017 | No Comment |

In the summer of 2017, Dr. Téfo Attafi took 12 students on a study abroad experience in Morocco. This is the 13th year in a row that Dr. Attafi has taken students to North Africa to learn about political science and cultural studies while traveling to some of Morocco’s most important and beautiful sites.

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New Article by Dr. Lauren Ravalico

Posted by: Sabine Hagn-Ford | October 2, 2017 | No Comment |

“Troubled Waters: Liquid Memory in the Wake of Disaster” was published in The Comparatist 41 (2017): 60-77.

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Camorra and Comedy in New Italian Cinema

Posted by: Sabine Hagn-Ford | September 28, 2017 | No Comment |

Eighth Session of the French, Francophone, and Italian Lecture Series

Talk given by Dr. Giovanna De Luca

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Maybank Hall 117, 169 Calhoun Street

Free and open to the public. Lecture will be in English.

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“Talking Dead: Narrating the Past in Yanick Lahens’s Bain de lune.” Journal of Haitian Studies vol. 23, no. 1, 2017, pp. 119-134.

“Monuments and Shadows: Uncovering Haunted Histories in Myriam J. A. Chancy’s Spirit of Haiti” Journal of West Indian Literature, vol. 25, no. 1, 2017, pp. 45-59.

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