Modern Languages and Literature News

JCU Welcomes Alessandra Ruffino for a Discussion on Jean Dubuffet

JCU Welcomes Alessandra Ruffino for a Discussion on Jean Dubuffet

On November 7, 2022, John Cabot University welcomed Alessandra Ruffino, editor and translator of Jean Dubuffet. Piccolo manifesto per gli amatori d’ogni genere, (Jean Dubuffet. Small Manifesto for Connoisseurs of All Genres).

John Cabot University Hosts Special Event on Pasolini’s Centenary

John Cabot University Hosts Special Event on Pasolini’s Centenary

JCU presented event Spazio Pasolini, in commemoration of Italian intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini. Professor David Castronuovo and Professor Nefeli Misuraca hosted a panel on Pasolini’s film Medea (1969).  

Translation Talks: JCU Welcomes Renowned Author and Translator Claudia Durastanti

Translation Talks: JCU Welcomes Renowned Author and Translator Claudia Durastanti

John Cabot University presented “Translation Talks” featuring Italian-American author and translator Claudia Durastanti on September 12, 2022. The event is the first installment of an ongoing series focusing on translation. English professor Alessandra Grego introduced Durastanti, and Professor Berenice Cocciolillo moderated the discussion.  

Italian Language and Theater Professor Rosa Filardi Publishes New Book: Inquietudini

Italian Language and Theater Professor Rosa Filardi Publishes New Book: Inquietudini

John Cabot University Italian Language and Theater professor Rosa Filardi recently published Inquietudini (Anxiety, Macabor publisher, 2022).

InVerse – Italian Poets in Translation Returns to JCU

InVerse – Italian Poets in Translation Returns to JCU

Founded in 2005 by JCU professors Brunella Antomarini, Berenice Cocciolillo, and Rosa Filardi, the InVerse festival has become a forum where the JCU community and guests can listen to a variety of voices in contemporary Italian poetry, which is also read in English translation.

Professor Rosa Filardi Participates in National DanceMovement Therapy Conference

Professor Rosa Filardi Participates in National DanceMovement Therapy Conference

Professor Rosa Filardi participated in the conference Convegno Nazionale APID® 2022  "Un altro Mondo è necessario. La DanzaMovimentoTerapia e le sfide del futuro” (National APID Conference “Another World is Necessary. DanceMovement Therapy and Challenges for the Future) in Modena, Italy in March 26-27, 2022.

Artificial Intelligence and Dyslexia: IFE Welcomes Vrailexia Representatives

Artificial Intelligence and Dyslexia: IFE Welcomes Vrailexia Representatives

The Institute for Entrepreneurship organized a talk called “Artificial Intelligence and Dyslexia” to present the Vrailexia project, on March 11, 2022. Vrailexia is a project that uses AI and virtual reality to support higher education students with dyslexia.

Other Words: JCU Welcomes Novelist Nicola Lagioia

Other Words: JCU Welcomes Novelist Nicola Lagioia

The JCU Department of English Language and Literature hosted Italian novelist Nicola Lagioia on February 22 for a talk centered around his latest true crime novel, La Città Dei Vivi (“The City of the Living” Einaudi, 2020).

Volo Verticale: a Collection of One-Act Plays by Professor Rosa Filardi

Volo Verticale: a Collection of One-Act Plays by Professor Rosa Filardi

John Cabot University Italian Language and Theater professor Rosa Filardi recently published Volo Verticale (Vertical Flight, Macabor publisher, 2021). The volume includes the monologue "Volo Verticale" and two one-act plays, "Scarti" (Waste) and "Alba Liquida" (Liquid Dawn). Some of her plays, co-authored with Monica Mioli, are collected in the [...]

Italy Beyond Stereotypes: Alumna Amanda Rose Bush

Italy Beyond Stereotypes: Alumna Amanda Rose Bush

Born and raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Amanda Rose Bush graduated from JCU with a B.A. in Italian Studies in 2010. She went on to earn an M.A. in Italian Studies at New York University and a Ph.D. in the same field at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is currently Coordinator of Lower Division Italian.

Found in Translation: Italian Professor Berenice Cocciolillo

Found in Translation: Italian Professor Berenice Cocciolillo

Berenice Cocciolillo has been living in Rome since 1990 and teaching at JCU since 1992. In addition to teaching Italian and translation, Professor Cocciolillo is JCU’s Director of Web Communications.

JCU Mourns Loss of Professor Emeritus Fiorenza Di Franco

JCU Mourns Loss of Professor Emeritus Fiorenza Di Franco

It is with deep regret that John Cabot University announces the recent passing of beloved Professor Emeritus of Theater and Italian Literature, Fiorenza Di Franco.

Meet Political Science Student Katarina Djorovic

Meet Political Science Student Katarina Djorovic

Katarina Djorovic is a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Business Administration, Communications, and Italian Studies. She is a recipient of the Marija Govedarica Memorial Scholarship.

Professor Bertini-Bezzi Presents Paper at Canadian Association for Italian Studies Conference

Professor Bertini-Bezzi Presents Paper at Canadian Association for Italian Studies Conference

Italian Professor Ada Bertini Bezzi presented a paper called "Blended Learning: Strategie e criticità vissute sul campo" (Blended Learning: Strategies and Critical Issues from the Field) at the 2021 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Italian Studies, held online on June 4, 5, 11, and 12, 2021.

Thinking Like an Italian: Alumnus Joseph Fontana

Thinking Like an Italian: Alumnus Joseph Fontana

Alumnus Joseph Fontana, who grew up on Long Island, New York, graduated from John Cabot University in 2020 with a degree in Italian Studies.

A Riveder le Stelle: Dante in the 21st Century 

A Riveder le Stelle: Dante in the 21st Century 

On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of poet Dante Alighieri’s death (1265-1321), JCU’s Modern Languages and Literature Department and English Language and Literature Department organized the online event “Dante in the 21st Century,” on April 7, 2021.

In Praise of Lifelong Learning: Alumnus John Caudill

In Praise of Lifelong Learning: Alumnus John Caudill

After a successful career as a dentist in the U.S. Airforce and Public Health Service, John Caudill enrolled at John Cabot University, where he majored in Italian Studies and minored in Art History and Classical Studies. 

Exploring Language, Culture, and Identity: Meet Alumna Diedré Blake

Exploring Language, Culture, and Identity: Meet Alumna Diedré Blake

Class of 2014 alumna Diedré Blake, who majored in Italian Studies and minored in Creative Writing, is currently working in Japan in the field of language acquisition.

John Cabot University Participates in Virtual Flashmob in Honor of Dante 

John Cabot University Participates in Virtual Flashmob in Honor of Dante 

The John Cabot University Departments of English Language and Literature and Modern Languages and Literature participated in a virtual flashmob in celebration of Dantedì, for the 700th anniversary of the death of the renowned medieval poet.

Giuseppe Gioachino Belli’s Poetry: A Critical Introduction from Belli’s Sonnets

Giuseppe Gioachino Belli’s Poetry: A Critical Introduction from Belli’s Sonnets

John Cabot University welcomed Professor Pietro Gibellini, Franco Onorati,and Michael Sullivan for an evening dedicated to Giuseppe Gioachino Belli.