An Italian Studies Minor in the Spotlight

Daniel Emmet (Italian Studies minor, 2015) recently performed at America’s Got Talent 2018, presenting first his original song “Amante”, and then, upon request of jury member Simon Cowell, Il Divo’s “Passerà.” The faculty of Chapman Italian Studies is enormously proud of Daniel’s growing success, and humbled by his obvious love for, and skills in, the Italian language.

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Experiencing and Understanding Sicily: Yesterday and Today

The summer 2018 Chapman Italian Studies travel course Journey to Sicily: Immersion in Taormina has begun. This summer, students will spend three weeks improving their language skills by living with an Italian family and taking intensive courses in Italian language and culture. Their linguistic development will be integrated with an introduction to the natural and cultural history of the Ionian coast through various field trips to places like Catania, Acitrezza, the Alcantara Valley, and the Etna vulcano. This multifaceted and fascinating cultural experience, designed in collaboration with Babilonia’s Center for Italian Studies, will also include a critical laboratory, consisting of lectures and conversations with local experts and aimed at gaining a better understanding of the challenges and potentials of tourism in Italy, with Taormina as a case study.

Below is the group of ten students with Dr. Pacchioni during their first walk through Lady Trevelyan’s Villa Comunale in Taormina.

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Italian Studies major Melissa Marino interns with Teatro alla Scala and Piccolo Teatro in Milan

Melissa Marino (Italian Studies BA, class of 2017) will intern in the Promotional Cultural offices at two of the most prestigious theaters in Italy: Piccolo Teatro, the first public Italian theatre built in Italy in the year 1947, and Teatro alla Scala, one of the world’s top opera houses founded in 1778, both in Milan.

Le nostre più vive congratulazioni, Melissa!

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Dr. Pacchioni speaks at the annual conference of the American Association for Italian Studies in Sorrento

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Dr. Pacchioni speaks at the symposium “Intersections: The Arts and the Concept of Space” in Florence


 

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Italian language learning summer opportunities for adults on the Chapman campus

“Paint & Speak” Italian Language Workshop for adults offered in June at Fondazione Italia’s language center on the beautiful Chapman University Campus in Orange.

You are invited to experience a “Paint & Speak” Italian art workshop led by expert Italian artist and language teacher Ylenia Mino! Ylenia will guide you through the creation of a painting while teaching you new vocabulary words and phrases with the goal of enriching your Italian language skills through the artistic medium of painting. This workshop is intended for all proficiency levels including absolute beginners. Release your creativity and learn Italian!

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Giving the Experience of Italy: The Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Travel Class Endowment

The Italian Studies program at Chapman University is greatly pleased to announce that Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco have pledged their commitment to establishing the Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Travel Class Endowment. Once established, the endowment will support students’ participation in the Italian Studies program travel classes, with a preference to students pursuing a degree in Italian Studies.

The students’ ability to fully commit to their passions for learning Italian language and culture through an Italian Studies Travel Course is an essential step in their educational experience at Chapman University. Growing from its inaugural travel class in Taormina, the Italian Studies is developing a robust set of travel and experiential learning opportunities across the peninsula in the future.

Paul and Marybelle Musco’s unwavering commitment to the University continues to be an inspiration to Chapman and the community. Their leadership through their funding of the Musco Center for the Arts, their tireless fundraising efforts as co-chairs of Chapman Celebrates, and their investment in Italian language and heritage through their endowment for the Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco Chair in Italian Studies are just a few of the many ways the Musco’s impact our students, campus, and community.

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A Transregional Culinary Laboratorio with the Bairds

Last week, Joe Baird, the Executive Chair of the Italian Studies Council, and his spouse Linda opened their home and kitchen to Dr. Paduano’s class ITAL 340 History and Culture of Food in Italy for an afternoon of regional cooking. Students organized into teams to prepare Sicilian caponata, Romagnol passatelli, Abruzzi’s pizzelle (offerred by Vicky Carabini), Neapolitan pizza, and Milanese risotto. In addition to gaining a concrete appreciation for Italian culinary regional differences, students learned just how good dishes made of simple ingredients can be, and how Italy’s “cucina povera” utilizes ingredients to create interconnected and tasty recipes while reducing food waste. For an afternoon, everyone was transported to Italy by the magic of cooking and eating good food together.

Grazie a Joe, Linda e Vicky da parte di tutti gli studenti.

 

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Dr. Pacchioni honored with Faculty Excellence Award in Scholarship, Teaching and Service

Dr. Pacchioni is the recipient of a Faculty Excellence Award in Scholarship, Teaching and Service. The faculty committee that reviewed this year’s nominees recognized Dr. Pacchioni for having “established a truly impressive record as teacher-scholar with a strong spirit of service to Chapman and its students.” In particular, the committee unanimously expressed praise for Dr. Pacchioni’s “stellar record of publication as a scholar of Fellini and Italian cinema”, for his “passion for teaching” in both Italian language and culture courses and interdisciplinary courses, and for bringing “phenomenal growth” to the Italian Studies program through “leadership and hard work.”

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Briana Salatino awarded Outstanding Italian Studies Major

The Department of World Languages and Cultures at Chapman University selected Briana Salatino as Outstanding Italian Major.

Briana Salatino’s performance at Chapman University has been outstanding: she is graduating with a double major in Public Relations and Advertising and in Italian Studies, as well as with a minor in Sociology. While at Chapman, Briana has collected a noticeable list of achievements such as: the Committee Member of the Year award from the University Program Board, the Italian Catholic Federation Yearly Scholarship for five years, and she was selected as Provost Scholar. Briana completed a semester abroad in Perugia, Italy, where she immersed herself in Italian culture, life, and society reaching native-like fluency. In addition to succeeding in her coursework on campus, she has been active with the Italian Club and has contributed to the program itself by organizing and performing memorable and educational activities during the conversation night, La Serata. Briana is an independent, mature, and dedicated student, who has inspired her professors and classmates alike.

Complimenti, Briana! E tanti auguri. 

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Italian Studies minor Paige Gulley wins the 2018 Cheverton Trophy

The Italian Studies faculty is enormously proud to have one of their students, Paige Gulley, as the recipient of this year’s Cheverton Award. The Cheverton Trophy, awarded annually to the outstanding graduating senior, is the highest undergraduate student honor at Chapman University. A gift of the class of 1929, the original bronze Cheverton Trophy cup remains on exhibit in Argyros Forum along with its successor, a silver bowl. Upon the trophies are engraved the names of all Cheverton awardees since 1929.

Paige Gulley is double majoring in French and History and double minoring in Italian Studies and in the University Honors Program. In addition to her absolutely outstanding coursework in Italian language and culture (that lead her to being invited to present her scholarship at an international competitive conference last fall), Paige successfully completed a period of study in Italy within the context of the program’s summer course, served as the vice-president of the Italian Club, and is about to begin an internship with the Bowers Museum on an exhibition on Italian armors.

Paige’s Cheverton Award coincides with her being selected as the Outstanding Graduating Minor in Italian Studies this year.

Congratulazioni vivissime e tantissimi auguri, Paige! 

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Italian Studies minor Paige Gulley selected for internship in Museum Education and Administration at the Bowers Museum

Italian Studies minor, Paige Gulley, was selected for the summer internship in Museum Education and Administration at the Bowers Museum. As an intern, Paige will review and research exhibition content and assist in developing educational materials and programs for general public and schools to engage in the Knights in Shining Armor exhibition, on loan from the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy, opening at the Bowers Museum, September, 2018.

Paige Gulley is graduating this spring with a double BA in French and History and minors in Italian Studies and University Honors Program. Paige is currently the senior editor of Voces Novae: Chapman University Historical Review and serves as officer for the Italian Club and various sororities.

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Italian Studies students Elle Berti and Sarina Welsh awarded Chapman Italian Studies Council Travel Class Grants

Italian Studies students Sarina Welsh and Elle Berti have been awarded with Chapman Italian Studies Council Travel Class Grants in support of their participation in the upcoming summer immersion course in Taormina, Sicily. This award is named after the philanthropic group that has supported the development and outreach activity of CU’s Italian Studies program since 2013. For more information on the Council and how to contribute to its effort, please visit this link.

Elle Berti is a first year English major and Italian minor. Outside of classes, she is a director of philanthropy for Chapman’s Eta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi and a member of Soundcheck A Cappella. After graduation, she hopes to work in the advertising or marketing industry for an Italian company, traveling in both Italy and the United States. Through the Taormina Immersion program, she hopes to gain further experience and understanding of the Italian culture. Additionally, she looks forward to increasing her language and writing skills.

Sarina Welsh is a sophomore currently majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Italian studies. Next fall she plans to enroll in CU’s brand new B.A. in Global Communication & Italian, thus more effectively merging her current interests. She first developed a passion for Italy and the Italian language when she spent her sophomore year of high school in Sardinia, Italy. After graduation, Sarina plans to incorporate her skills and knowledge by working in Italy or with an Italian organization in the US or elsewhere. This summer, she looks forward to learning more about Sicily’s complex history and culture, and to practicing her Italian with other students and with the locals as well.

 

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Dr. Pacchioni speaks at “Fellini Today”, a symposium at Indiana University Bloomington

The title of Dr. Pacchioni’s talk is: “A Fellinian Ascendant: the Auteur in Contemporary Italian Cinema.”

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Screening Italy: A Memorable Morning of Learning and Film Appreciation

The third presentation of the Italian Perspective series took place in the Musco Center for the Arts, on Saturday, April 7, this year focusing on the intersection between cinema and culture. This celebratory symposium, exploring the complexity of Italy’s cultural and artistic import, brought together faculty, staff and students from Chapman University and other local schools, as well as the broader local community of Southern California.

 

Cinema and Culture: An Italian Perspective was a unique opportunity to learn about the cultural significance and influence of Italian cinema throughout history. A group of distinguished scholars of Italian Studies guided the public through a fascinating journey beginning in silent cinema, continuing through the Italian post-war realist cinema, and the creative innovations of art cinema in the Sixties and Seventies.

 

Dr. John P. Welle, professor at the University of Notre Dame, traced the trajectory of cinema in an Italian context, from its origin to its “golden age” and peak of international success and artistic significance.  The presentation showed the continuities between the magic lantern and early film production in Italy, highlighted the intersection between literary and cinematic production, and discussed successful strategies in early Italian film industry.

Dr. Giovanna Faleschini-Lerner, professor at Franklin & Marshall College, provided a insightful look at a number of masterpieces of Italian neorealism, clarifying how films that are deeply grounded in a precise moment of Italian history and in a specific Italian urban landscape, continue to remain relevant and inspirational today.

 

 

Dr. Thomas Harrison, professor at University of California Los Angeles, presented on the effect of the great “author cinema” of Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Sergio Leone from the 1960s and 1970s. The talk guided through an appreciation of the slowing down of thoughts, perceptions, and expectations of the audience, focusing attention on fine visual details, the construction of scenes, and indeed on the very nature and mystery of seeing.

The symposium was further enriched by montages created by Italian Studies and Film Production students on the themes of dance, song, kiss and spirituality.


Special thanks go out to Paul and Marybelle Musco, President Daniele Struppa, President Emeritus Jim Doti, Vicky Carabini, Joe Baird, our guest speakers, the members of the Italian Studies Council, Musco Center’s director Richard Bryant and his team, the staff of the IdeationLab, and Italian Studies faculty and students for making this event possible.


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