Italian Studies Graduates 2020

Italian Studies 2020

Congratulazioni to our Italian Studies graduates: Tianyi Vanessa Cai (Art & Art History Major, Italian Minor) – recipient of the Italian Studies Book Award Tyler Cox-Philyaw (History Major, Italian Minor) Kathryn Donati (English Major, Italian Minor) Marisa Lemma (Government Major, Economics Minor, Italian Honorary Minor) Zoe Nelson (Government Major, Self-Designed Italian Major) – recipient of the MDLL Outstanding Achievement… Read More

A Special Commencement for Italian Graduates

Cheers Italian

By Prof. Monica Seger This year’s spring commencement was, like so many things right now, quite different than usual. Rather than gathering on campus with friends and colleagues from throughout Modern Languages and Literatures for a department-wide ceremony, students and faculty in Italian Studies celebrated from afar with a Zoom commencement of our own. Just… Read More

Italian Senior Spotlight: Zoe Nelson

Zoe Nelson

Zoe Nelson (Government Major, Self-Designed Italian Major ’20) shares her experience in the Italian Program over the past four years. In bocca al lupo per il futuro, Zoe! «The Italian Department’s smaller size was a fantastic fit for me, as it allowed for me to form meaningful individual relationships with other Italian Studies students, along with all of… Read More

Italian Senior Spotlight: Tianyi Vanessa Cai

Vanessa Cai 1

Tianyi Vanessa Cai (Art & Art History Major, Italian Minor ’20) shares with us her special relationship with Italian language and culture. Grazie Vanessa! «Being a violin player and a fan of the virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, I registered for an Italian class when I entered college hoping to learn more about the language and its culture…. Read More

Italian Faculty-Student Research Project at ACTFL

Screen Shot 2019-12-21 at 5.36.46 PM

In the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, advanced language students have had the opportunity to work as Teaching Assistants for many years. The assistantship model has changed since its inception but the unique role of undergraduate TAs in language classes remains a key feature of our department. Professor Mattavelli, who became interested in teacher preparation and mentoring… Read More

Evening at the Italian Embassy

IMG_5606

Last month, our Italian Studies Program participated in a series of events in Washington D.C. hosted by the W&M Alumni Association. On November 7, Professor Monica Seger gave a talk at the W&M Washington Center and shared her latest research which is based in Italy’s Puglia region. Professor Seger studies the rich wave of novels and films that have emerged… Read More

Italian House: Plant-based Eating for a College Lifestyle

Pasta alla Norma

The Italian House and International Fellow Chiara di Maio were featured in the 3rd episode of “Plant-based Eating for a College Lifestyle”, a video series by W&M Sustainability Interns. One of our Italian Major, Zoe Nelson, who is also an Intern at W&M Dining, participated in the video. Chiara, Zoe, and our students prepared a dish called “Pasta… Read More

A New Mural for the Italian House

murales 1 copy

On October 4th 2019, two of our students/artists, Alyssa Glauser and Laura Brancati, added a new masterpiece to the walls of the Italian House. It reproduces the world-famous Creazione di Adamo (The Creation of Adam), a fresco painted by Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling that can be admired in the Vatican Museums. The resemblance to the original is… Read More

2019 GKA National Italian Honor Society

you only live once-1

Our Program is proud to recognize the outstanding undergraduate scholarship in the field of Italian Studies of the following students who were inducted in the National Italian Honor Society this Spring: Vanessa Cai (Art History and Italian Studies, ’20) Emily Knoche (European Studies & French & Francophone Studies, ’19) Marisa Lemma (Government major & Economics… Read More

Slow Food in a Fast Food World

IMG_4812

By Judith Tauber Last summer, I conducted my Freshman Monroe Research Project on the Slow Food movement under the guidance of my wonderful advisor, Professor Mattavelli. I had been exposed to the principles of Slow Food—without realizing it—nearly my entire life because my family places immense importance on choosing only organic, local foods. However, I… Read More

(Italian) Language at Work

genoa camp

By Arika Thames (Theatre and Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies double major ‘19)   This summer I had the pleasure of living and working in Italy for six weeks. After studying Italian for two years I was determined to spend my summer in the country in some capacity. Instead of studying abroad, I searched for… Read More

“Ciao Amore!”– A Reflection on the Generosity of Italian Host Families

IMG_1865-2

By Antonella Nicholas (Public Policy major and Italian minor, ’20) When I arrived in Italy,  I found myself immersed in a hurricane of terms of endearment. Before starting my studies in Florence, I stayed in Rome for a few days, and in restaurants, shops, and downtown, I always heard “Ciao, bella” and “Grazie, amore.”  It… Read More

Voyage of Discovery in Italy

Alexa at Polignano a Mare in Puglia

By Alexa Conti (class of 2021) Every year, the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) sponsors 20 Italian-American college students to travel to Italy (for free!) for their first times. The Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program is meant to strengthen the Italian American identity by bonding young Italian-Americans to the country, culture, and… Read More

My First Trip to Italy

MArisa

By Marisa Lemma (Government major & Economics minor, ’20). I had been dreaming about going to Italy for as long as I can remember. I remember telling my parents even in third grade that I would one day visit Italy. I would pore over my “First Thousand Words in Italian” book trying to soak up… Read More

The Impact of a Language

Erin

By Erin Kitchens (Anthropology major and Italian minor ’19) I found Italian mostly by happenstance. On a whim I signed up for Italian, remembering how much I had admired the landscape and the melody of the language when I had visited as a 13-year-old. This decision, which I decided in five minutes, would shape my… Read More

Studying in Italy: an Invaluable Experience

20180601_164214

By Kelly Konrad (Linguistics and French & Francophone Studies ’20). During the summer of 2018, I spent a month studying in Florence, Italy, where I took Italian language and art history classes at LinguaViva, an institution designed for international students. Spending time studying in Italy was the best choice I’ve made so far as a… Read More

World Pasta Day at the Italian House

IMG_20181025_193402

By Chiara Di Maio Is there a better way to celebrate World Pasta Day on October 25th than making pasta from scratch just like our grandparents used to? We invited Chef Eric Christenson, owner of LOKAL, a nearby restaurant, to the Italian house to teach us how to make different types of pasta. Eric is… Read More

National Italian Honor Society 2018 Induction Ceremony

IMG_0299

The Gamma Kappa Alpha National Italian Honor Society acknowledges superior scholastic performance in the field of Italian language, literature, cinema, and culture of students in higher learning in the United States and Canada. In spring 2018 the Gamma Kappa Alpha Chapter of William & Mary proudly recognized the outstanding undergraduate scholarship in Italian Studies of… Read More

Conversation With Film Director Pierfrancesco Diliberto (Pif)

Pif

In March 2018 students in Professor Mattavelli’s class Italian Through Film had an exciting opportunity to skype with Pierfrancesco Diliberto (known as Pif), TV host and director of the movie The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer. The students watched the movie, read some articles and prepared a few questions for him. One of the… Read More

webmaster help