In April 2020 the Program invited students to join Italian faculty to celebrate a virtual Honors Night via Zoom. We announced awards for our outstanding graduate and undergraduate students and for exceptional program service, and we inducted 18 of our students to Gamma Kappa Alpha, the National Italian Honor Society. We enjoyed video presentations from a few students about their lives under the shelter-at-home statewide order, and we heard performances in poetry and on piano from two of our undergraduates. We want to thank all the students who participated for making it a memorable event, and congratulations to all our honorees!
Gamma Kappa Alpha National Italian Honor Society
sponsors second annual marathon reading of Dante’s Inferno
On October 30, 2019, the students of the Gamma Kappa Alpha National Italian Honor Society at FSU sponsored the second annual Marathon Reading of Dante’s Inferno. Faculty, students, and community members participated in the reading, which ran from 3pm to 8:45pm on Landis Green in front of Strozier Library.
International Coffee Hour at the Globe
As part of Italian-American Heritage Month, La Società italiana hosted an International Coffee Hour at the FSU Center for Global Engagement. Faculty joined undergraduate and graduate students to serve panini to 300 guests!
The Matter of the World: Reflections on the Environment
With the generous sponsorship of the newly endowed Azzurra B. Givens fund for Excellence in Italian studies, FSU’s Italian Program hosted a two-day symposium on environmental humanities called “The Matter of the World: Reflections on the Environment.” Organized by Professor Irene Zanini-Cordi (MLL, Italian) and Professor Juan Carlos Galeano (MLL, Spanish), the event featured a presentation and discussion of the film “El Río” by Professor Galeano, an interdisciplinary panel of environmental humanists from across MLL’s programs (including Italian MA candidate Alexandra Basili), and a keynote address by Serenella Iovino, Professor of Italian Studies at UNC Chapel Hill and acclaimed scholar of ecocriticism. The events were held on September 30 and October 1, 2019.
UROP Students present research on Dante
at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
Three undergraduate students working with Professor Beth Coggeshall presented their research and creative projects inspired by Dante’s Commedia. UROP researchers Alexa Kellenberger and Aki Jones, who worked with Prof. Coggeshall throughout the 2018-19 academic year on the website Dante Today, presented posters related to their UROP research. Kellenberger was awarded a 2019 IDEA Grant to continue to pursue her research on Dante’s influence on contemporary horror movies. Jones, a Design major, produced a series of designs for furniture based on the circles of Dante’s Hell (pictured below). Savannah Mikus, a Chinese and Japanese dual major who took Professor Coggeshall’s Inferno course, presented an independent research project on the appropriation of Dantesque themes and characters in Japanese anime and manga.
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The Italian Program welcomes
the Spring 2019 Italian Honor Society inductees!
FSU Italian Students Elected to the National Italian American Foundation On Campus Committee
This year, the National Italian American Foundation selected 30 university students for the NIAF on campus committee. Florida State University’s Department of Modern Languages and Linguistic Italian Program was lucky enough to have two students elected, graduate student and instructor Matthew Kersich and undergraduate student Zoe D'Alessandro. Both were given the opportunity to participate in a weekend of events, all paid for on behalf of NIAF. On the evening of October 12th, they met with the other students from around the country for the first time to discuss how the Italian-American culture can continue to be promoted on campuses. In the upcoming months, each NIAF on campus member will look to organize two events on behalf of their universities. Matthew and Zoe will look to do so for their own Florida State University.
Serata italiana at the urban market
We officially closed our celebration of Italian-American Heritage Month with a grand Serata italiana at the Urban Market, organized and hosted by our outstanding MA students!
Dante's inferno marathon reading
On Halloween 2018, Italian Program faculty and students, led by Prof. Beth Coggeshall, staged a marathon reading of Dante’s Inferno on Landis Green.
International Coffee hour at the globe
This October, to kick off our celebration of Italian-American Heritage Month, the Italian Program organized an International Coffee Hour at the FSU Center for Global Engagement. We served homemade focaccia to nearly 300 people!