Leaving their Artistic Mark: The Beautification Process of the Casa italiana : by Prof. Katie Boyle

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Anyone who has ever been in the Italian house will tell you about the warm and welcoming environment created each year by wonderful groups of students brought together by their shared interest in the Italian language, the culture and the people. While a few residents originally decide to live in the Italian house in order… Read More

My Year in Italy – Clara Kobler

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There has never been a time in my life when I don’t remember my mother telling me stories of her junior year abroad in Montpellier, France. From describing her breakfasts to the amazing springtime trips with her friends, my mother filled my imagination with her memories and emotions from her life years before. It’s not… Read More

Katie McGhee ’16 Senior Profile: Italian Studies

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This may surprise people who know me, but studying Italian at William & Mary has been a joyful four-year-long leap out of my comfort zone. I came to William & Mary dreading the language requirement because it would cost me twelve to sixteen credits – time that I could otherwise spend studying something I was… Read More

Jillian Sequeira ’16: “When the World Says No, Study Graffiti”

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Women are “allowed” to like art. We are allowed to like sculpture, landscapes, oil paintings, and architecture—the type of thing a character in a Jane Austen book enjoys. But not graffiti. An art form dominated by male artists, characterized by danger and illegality, is considered outside of our domain. Growing up, I was always told… Read More

L’ Aperitivo Italiano!

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As part of Majors Week 2016 the Italian Studies faculty hosted an aperitivo italiano yesterday evening in Washington Hall. It proved to be a great way to connect with current and future Italian Studies students, and to share some Italian culture. Over lemon sodas, parmigiano and various salatini (salty snacks) and affettati (cured meats), graduating seniors shared memories… Read More

Ghanaian-Italian filmmaker Fred Kuwornu Visits William & Mary

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We were thrilled to welcome Ghanaian-Italian filmmaker Fred Kuwornu for two great events in November, 2015. While here, Fred shared an extended rough cut of his near-complete documentary Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema, and spoke to a packed room about diversity and media in Italy and beyond. Later that same evening, he also screened… Read More

Davis Richardon: Honors Research in Milan

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While living and studying in Milan, Italy as an exchange student after high school, I began to notice certain linguistic features that appeared exclusively in gay men’s speech. These included feminization of adjectives, affectionately tongue-in-cheek terms of address, and an animatedly flamboyant style. Given the work done by American scholars on the existence of and attitudes… Read More

Exploring Immigration in Turin, Italy

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By Akela Lacy, c/0 2015 This past winter break I had the opportunity to combine my interests in journalism, human rights and Italian. As part of William and Mary’s Sharp Journalism Seminar in conjunction with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, I traveled to Turin, Italy to conduct research on immigration from the Middle East… Read More

Introducing Italian Professor Monica Seger

Professor Monica Seger is our new faculty member in Italian Studies. In this interview, Professor Seger talks about her research, courses she’s teaching, and how her passion for the environment breathes life into both.

The Best Worst Experience Ever: Finding my niche in Italy

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I would have never guessed as a Freshman at William & Mary how much of an impact studying Italian would have on my life. I began college wanting to double Major in Hispanic Studies and Business, however after taking my first Italian class and spending so much time in the Italian House even before my… Read More

A Year in the Italian House

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People might ask you: what does it feel like living in the Italian House? Guys, it feels great. Seriously. The year 2012-2013 was particularly full of events and activities. Besides an overwhelmingly funny and playful atmosphere, the I-House has even more to offer. It’s all about Italian culture, Italian language, Italian cinema, Italian food (…well,… Read More

Italian: An Unexpected Passion

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When I came to William and Mary I never imagined that by the time of my senior year I would be completing a research paper in Italian. I took only the bare minimum required by my high school, and as a result was required to complete 4 semesters at the College. At first, it was… Read More

Opera in Williamsburg

Opera in Williamsburg presents: L’Elisir d’Amore by Gaetano Donizetti.  Live opera, fully staged with piano, violin, and clarinet accompaniment.  At the Kimball Theatre, Friday October 26, 2012, at 8 PM.  Tickets:  $45 ($40 for seniors, military, and teachers/faculty; $15 for students). 

Italian: Study Abroad Student Sally Wade Teaches English

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The following story was written by Italian student Sally Wade: When I set off for my second journey in Italy, I was looking for an immersive experience. I wanted to see Italy not through a tourist’s eyes; I wanted to be more than a passive observer. I spent last summer in Florence studying Italian and… Read More

Student Profile: Casey Swann ’12 (Video Feature)

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Casey Swann ’12 spoke to me a few days before graduation this May about her self-designed Italian Studies major, her study abroad research in Rome, Italy, and about her plans for after graduation.

My Internship in Rome, Spring 2011

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by Cassie Prena Last Spring, I spent an unforgettable semester abroad at John Cabot University in Rome. Although my courses at the university and my daily life in a foreign country allowed a certain level of immersion, I was nevertheless determined to experience the more intimate aspects of Italian culture. I decided that an internship… Read More

Faculty Profile: Anita Angelone (Italian)

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In this video interview, I talk to Anita Angelone, Professor of Italian Language and Literature at the College. She discusses her latest research project on the Gypsies of Italy, some of the courses she’s currently teaching, and I also ask her to recommend something good to read.

Italian Documentarian Brings Trash Crisis to William and Mary

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Story by Christian Pelfrey (’11) In February, the William and Mary Italian Studies Department invited Ivana Corsale, an up-and-coming Italian documentarian, to debut her latest film as part of the 2011 William and Mary Global Film Festival. Corsale’s film, Unhappy Country, tackled a growing issue in Southern Italian society: the illegal and unhealthy handling of… Read More

Filmmaker Ivana Corsale

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presents her documentary (un)happy country in Washington Hall 201. February 17, 2011 @ 7pm In the summer of 2010 Ivana Corsale travelled to Campania Italy to document the ongoing environmental and humanitarian crisis caused by the endemic mismanagement of household and industrial waste caused by the Camorra. http://unhappycountry.com/

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