In the Spotlight
Loredana Polezzi, Alfonse M. D’Amato Endowed Chair in Italian American and Italian Studies.
Loredana Polezzi joined Stony Brook as Alfonse M. D’Amato Chair in Italian American and Italian Studies in September 2020. She studied in Italy, at the University of Siena, and in the UK, where she obtained her MA and PhD at the University of Warwick and where she worked, first at Warwick and then at Cardiff University. She has written on contemporary Italian travel writing, colonial and postcolonial literature, migrant and diasporic cultures, translingualism and self-translation. She is one of the founding editors of the ‘Transnational Modern Languages’ book series, published by Liverpool University Press, and co-editor of Transnational Italian Studies (2020) and Transcultural Italies: Mobility, Memory and Translation (forthcoming).
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Loredana Polezzi to Stony Brook University and the Center for Italian Studies.
During the Pandemic, we are trying to keep our web page up to date so that you are informed about how we are actively developing the programs you have come to expect from the Center.
Please see our notices posted under the various reference sites listed on our Navigation Bar above for the latest news about what's happening in the Center: e.g.
In Person Lecture: Crafting Her Persona: A Closer Look at Bronzino’s Iconic Portrait of Eleonora di Toledo and Her Son Giovanni. Click here for details
Robert D. Cess Concorso d’Eleganza XV Annual Celebration of Italian Vehicle Excellence and Beauty. Click here for details
The Dante Series: Lectures Celebrating the 700th Anniversary of his Death. Click here for details
Italian Classes for the Community - 2021/22 Sessions : Classes on the Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Levels will each be offered.
Grazie e a presto!
Dr. Mario B. Mignone
who passed away on Sept. 9, 2019.
Among the developments that resulted as we confronted the Covid 19 Crisis has been our having to postpone the formal memorial conference that was planned to honor the legacy and appropriately recognize Dr. Mignone's achievements as Distinguished Service Professor at the University and Director of the Center for Italian Studies which he founded in 1985. As we want to be sure that all of Mario's friends and colleagues have the possibility to participate in person. this memorial event is being planned to take place in September 2022.
In the meantime, to recognize the anniversary of his passing and to reflect with you on how he continues to be fondly recalled and thought of, we have posted the remarks that were spoken at his funeral service by his son in law, Daniel Salzman, and his daughter, Elizabeth Mignone Jakic. We've also included compositions written by his grandchildren, Luca Jakic and Isabella Armato, as submissions in an OSIA Italian Heritage Essay Contest which particularly reference and extol the life and achievements of their "nonno".