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Italian Studies, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Graduate Students and Forlì Exchange Students

Contact Information

Location: Herter Hall 305
Phone: (413) 545-6713

Graduate Students

Simone Gugliotta   [email]

I was born in Rio de Janeiro and I am the daughter of Sicilian and Calabrian immigrants to Brazil. My passion for Italy started at home with my parents where their two southern Italian dialects (Calabrese and Siciliano) were my first languages. I teach Italian at the University of Massachusetts and at Smith College and have taught Portuguese and Italian in language schools and for private students at all levels since 1991. I also have experience teaching children in Montessori schools and have worked as a staff and free-lance journalist since 1995 with the publications Jornal do Commercio and Comunità Italiana. I am currently a School of Education doctoral student with a focus on Language, Literacy and Culture.

Eilis Kierans   [email]

Eilis Kierans resided in Drogheda, Ireland for the first 8 years of her life before relocating to Massachusetts with her family. Her dear Uncle Sonny, a Christian Brother in Rome, inspired her to explore Italian culture. During the summers as an undergraduate student, Eilis ventured to Italy to teach English as a Second Language in various vibrant cities. In 2009, she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Massachusetts. Thereafter, she worked for over a year as an ESL teacher in Daegu, South Korea. In 2011, she returned to Italy to teach and study in the serene Camonica Valley as part of the Study, Intercultural Training and Experience program, where she lived with an array of ebullient Italian families.

Beatrice Variolo   [email]

Beatrice Variolo ha studiato Letteratura italiana all'Università Cattolica di Milano, dove si è laureata con lode nel 2009, presentando una tesi sul Rinascimento. La letteratura italiana e comparata, e i complessi rapporti che intrattiene con le arti, così come la critica letteraria sono al centro dei suoi interessi. Durante l'anno scolastico 2009-10 è stata Foreign Fellow per il Dipartimento di Italiano a Mount Holyoke, dove ha avuto modo di accostarsi al mondo dell'insegnamento della lingua italiana, strada che vorrebbe continuare a percorrere.

Forlì Exchange Students, 2012-13

Berni Consuelo Cannuscio   [email]

Ciao, sono Berni Consuelo Cannuscio (please, call me Consuelo). I was born in Palermo, Sicily. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Applied Interlinguistic Communication at the University of Bologna, Forlì, where I am now studying for my Master's Degree in Advanced Translation. I have taught English to private students, and I have worked as a staff coordinator for study holidays in England. I have published some articles with the Corriere Romagna di Cesena (a local newspaper from Emilia-Romagna), where I did an internship. My main interest is in the relationship between culture, language and anthropology. Translating between Italian and English, and Italian and French, I have learned a lot about the nuances of my native language. I am proud to represent my country and its culture, and to help UMass students learn my beautiful language.

Martina Divisoli   [email]

Martina Divisoli studied Foreign Languages and Cultures at the University of Pavia, Italy. In 2008 she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature. She is currently enrolled in the second year of the Master's degree in Specialized Translation at the University of Bologna's Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators. As part of her course of study, Martina took part in a collective translation of a play for children (Le destin de Célestin) and worked in a translation agency in Milan, where she developed her skills as a professional proofreader for technical-scientific translations. Her main field of interest is the translation of literary texts, especially from French into Italian. She is currently working as Foreign Fellow in the Honors Intensive Elementary Italian course.