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Italian Studies, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Italian Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures
and Cultures

314 Herter Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: (413) 545-2314
Fax: (413) 545-4778


Tuesday, Mar. 12 at 5:30pm
Herter 301

Andrea Segre
Award-winning director

"Mediterranean Interrupted Human Rights, Love, Rebellion, Testimony and Filmmaking"

Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 5:00pm
Herter 301

Gabriele Pedullà
Università degli Studi Roma 3

"The Atlas of Italian Literature"

Monday, Nov. 19 at 3:30pm
Herter 301

Nancy Canepa
Dartmouth College

"What It Takes to Win:
Italian Fairy-Tale Heroes from Basile to Calvino"

Tuesday, Mar. 13 at 5:45pm
Herter 301

Michelangelo Zaccarello
Università di Verona

"Portrait of the Artist as a Wise Man:
Painters as Narrative Characters in Medieval
and Renaissance Italian Literature"

Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 4:00pm
Herter 301

Beatrice Arduini
Visiting Lecturer at UMass Amherst

"From Fragment to Fame:
How Dante's Convivio Became a Cultural Icon"

Friday, Nov. 4 at 4:00pm
Herter 601

Erri De Luca
Bestselling novelist and poet

"Writing Affect, Memory & Resistance"
with a screening of De Luca's short film Beyond the Glass

Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 4:00pm
Herter 301

Paola Loreto
Università di Milano

"Writing and Translating Poetry: A Reading in Italian and English"

Giovedì, 29 settembre, ore 16.30:
Herter 301

Mauro Canali
Università degli Studi di Camerino

"I corrispondenti americani e il totalitarismo fascista"

Wednesday, 28 September, 4:00pm:
Campus Center, Amherst Room (10th floor)

Join us in celebrating
Italy's 150th Anniversary

Featuring a panel of esteemed speakers, including the Consul General of Italy

Academic Year 2010-11

Thursday, 23 September, 5:00pm:
Herter 301

Renzo Castelnuovo

of the Università di Siena

"The Global Impact of the Financial Crisis"

Academic Year 2009-10

Thursday, 19 November, 11:00am:
Herter 301

Vincent Panella

Author of The Other Side
and Cutter's Island

"Growing up Italian in America"

Thursday, 12 November, 5:00pm:
Herter 301

Massimo Riva
Brown University

"Journeys [in] Italy:
Modernist Strategies in Italian Cinema of the Early 1960s"

Academic Year 2008-09

Monday, 4 May, 5:00pm:
Herter 301

Margherita Ganeri
Professore di Letteratura italiana contemporanea
Università della Calabria


"Italian Political Corruption in I Vicerè by Federico De Roberto.
An introduction through a comparison with Tomasi di Lampedusa's Il Gattopardo"

Thursday, 23 Apr., 4:30pm:
Herter 601

Carlo Cipollone
Dir. dell'Ufficio Scuola
Consolato Generale d'Italia a Boston


"L'Italia negli anni Sessanta"

Friday, 21 Nov., 1:00pm:
Herter 301

Prof. Paolo Pucci
U of Vermont


"From Rags to Riches ...
and (Maybe) Back:
The Renaissance Courtesan's
Struggle for Life"

   Tuesday, 16 Sept., 4:30pm:
Herter 301

   Prof. Antonella Castelnuovo


"Ebraismo Italiano:
Un modello per
l'integrazione interculturale"

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Donations to the Elizabeth Mazzocco Memorial Fund honor her legacy in teaching and scholarship. Inquiries should be addressed to Lucia Miller.

Among the UMass Italian faculty's areas of expertise are medieval and Renaissance studies, the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, women's studies, cinema, linguistics, gastronomy and anthropology. Italian majors consequently receive instruction in a wide range of topics in addition to excellent language instruction. They are, moreover, encouraged to participate in a variety of related extracurricular activities at the College such as those sponsored by the Italian club and Gamma Kappa Alpha, the national Italian Honor Society. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the initiatives of the Thatcher House and to study in Italy as participants in one of our several study abroad programs where they may attend courses at the Università per Stranieri in Siena, the prestigious Università degli Studi di Bologna in Forlì or the GustoLab Institute in Rome. Such exceptional opportunities allow them to perfect their linguistic skills, to achieve a fuller understanding of Italian culture and to gain practical experience that will be extremely useful in finding a satisfying job related to their interests.