Program Highlights

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Ph.D. candidate, Viviana Pezzullo, and research advisor Dr. Ilaria Serra, at the Graduate Research Symposium poster presentations, April 2019.

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South Florida contribution, coordinated by FAU Italian, to the Triangle Shrirtwaist Factory memorial in New York City. March 2019.


Celebrating the new Italian K-12 curriculum in Boca West, from kindergarten to the university. Principal Craig Sommers (West Boca High), Myriam Ruthenberg (FAU), principal Alicia Steiger and Luisa Mangano (Sunrise Park Elementary), Eufrasio Volpe (Loggers’ Run Middle School), Ilaria Serra and Emanuele Pettener (FAU), on February 20, 2019. Thanks to ODLI (Organization for the Diffusion of Italian Language) and Italian Consulate.

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Italian Film Dreams, entry for the international competition “Vivere all’italiana” organized by the Italian Foreign Ministry and produced by the 2019 class, “Italian Language Through Cinema,” taught by Dr. Ilaria Serra. It shows how you can “dream Italian” when you study with us! Click here to see full video!

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Marianna De Tollis and Vincenza Iadevaia celebrated their successful dissertation defense in Spring 2019: "Finding a Room on One’s Own: Veronica Franco and Sor Juana Inès de la Cruz” (De Tollis) and "Punctuated Identities in Contemporary Italian Cinema" (Iadevaia). In the first photo, Ozpetek's iconic apples and advisors, Dr. Ruthenberg, Dr. Serra, and Dr. Guneratne. Marianna teaches at FAU. Vincenza lives in Istanbul, Turkey, and is a fellow of Kadir Has University.

lepore auditors

Special students: Salvatore Lepore, Professor of Chemistry, and Italian and French Major; George Mazzei and Thomas Connors De Angelis long-time tudents and auditors of Italian courses.

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Italian Consul in Miami Cristiano Musillo and Serenella De Rosa, Director of the Education Office of the Italian Consulate, visit Florida Atlantic University for the III Symposium "Italy in Transit". Here they are with Jupiter attorney Antonella Balzano, Nichola Cuellar, president of the Italian Club "Insieme," Dr. Ilaria Serra, Tony Phillips, president of Italo-American Cultural Society, of Pompano Beach and Norma Phillips.




Congratulations to Nicolas Cuellar, FAU Freshman, president of the FAU Italian Club Insieme. He has won the NIAF (National Italian American Foundation) trip to Washington DC and will be FAU-NIAF ambassador at FAU.





Marjorie Hernandez has won a $50 Amazon gift card for her Prize at photo competition “Italy in South Florida”, organized by FATI (Florida Association Teachers of Italian).







Congratulations, Flaviane Chaves, for winning the prize “Il cioccolato parla italiano," organized by Florida International University and the University of Perugia.



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Italian and Chemistry students visit the headquarters and production center of MAPEI in Fort Lauderdale. MAPEI is an Italian-owned international firm, founded in Milan, and its specializes in materials for construction.





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Prof. Ilaria Serra welcomes Angelo Sbrocca to Florida Atlantic University. Sbrocca, mayor of the city of Termoli, came to Florida to sign a new sister-city agreement with the town of Pompano Beach.





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Master graduate, Jessica Monge, shows here publication of in VIA. Voices of Italian America, of her tri-lingual essay-memoir, titled Radici perdute: una storia scomparsa torna in un presente italiano.




gka research day


Italian undergraduate and graduate students, Marjorie Hernandez, Nicoletta Sorice, Viviana Pezzullo, and Federico Tiberini gather for a GKA Research Day, one day of reading, cataloging, and describing documents from a World War II letter fund (Patricia Badia Johnson) for our Digital Humanities Project.



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Italian undergraduate and graduate students, Marjorie Hernandez, Nicoletta Sorice, Viviana Pezzullo, and Federico Tiberini gather for a GKA Research Day, one day of reading, cataloging, and describing documents from a World War II letter fund (Patricia Badia Johnson) for our Digital Humanities Project.




Un posto altrove



Advanced Italian students, Zachary Botte, Angela Dalton, Alexandrina Dec, Marjorie Hernandez, Samuele Pasqualotto, Logan Rosenfeld, Nicoletta Sorice, Daniela Rozman, and Prof. Ilaria Serra signed the English subtitles for the Un Posto Altrove. A place Elsewhere by Luca Sella and Andrea Onori, a documentary about two stories of immigration in the city of Venice (2017).




poetry of italian streets


Advanced Italian students, Alexandrina, Zachary, Nicoletta, Daniela and Angela present with Dr. Ilaria Serra at the Symposium Italy in Transit 2018, on “The Poetry of Italian Streets: Photography by Joan Nova.”





Inauguration of the painting "Bagheria"  by Tom Di Salvo, a late friend of the Italian program, donated by the Di Salvo family.\





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Prof. Myriam Ruthenberg’s class on Dante’s The Divine Comedy read and comment their favorite cantos in the open air, to students of Introduction to World Literature.


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Students of Italian meet author Rosemary Bracco about her novel The Sins of Castel DuMont, during the Oretta del Cappuccino in front of the beautiful “Grassroot” work of art in Culture and Society building, FAU.





Students of Advanced Italian act in short play by Luigi Pirandello, under the direction of actor Fabio Pasquini visiting from Rome.




samuele rossi


Students and general audience welcome filmmaker Samuele Rossi who presented his first movie, La strada verso casa.




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Laura Evans, student of Italian, performs at the Italian Art Showcase.




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Mary Jane Saunders, Florida Atlantic University former president, greets students of Italian during their conversation hours, Oretta del Cappuccino, on campus.




giacomo toni


Students of Italian and our Boca community meet pianist, singer and songwriter Giacomo Toni, from Emilia Romagna, who gives an improvised performance in the FAU music room.





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Former presidents of the Italian Club, Nicola Pace (Ph.D. student in Mathematics), Madgalena Pire-Schmidt, and Pamela Fuentes sit at the “Club Insieme” table at a student organization event at FAU.






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Nicole Abbott, Tiffany Lopez and other students of Advanced Italian use games and songs to teach the rudiments of Italian to the children of FAU A.D. Henderson Elementary school “Italian Club,” during a semester-long Academic Service Learning experience.


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