Honor Thesis


Darren Kusar '16

A senior at Bucknell may choose to write a honor thesis that involves their Italian Studies.

Darren Kusar '16 , majored in Music and Italian studies and wrote a thesis under Professor Bernhard Kuhn's supervision. Darren's work focused on Italian opera. Its thesis title is: GIACOMO PUCCINI AND LUCIANO BERIO'S TURANDOT: CONNECTING CULTURAL AND PERSONAL HABITUS FROM THE NINETEENTH TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY 

After his graduation at Bucknell, he taught English for one year (2016-2017) at the Busto Arsizio High School (Northern Italy) through the Dickinson College SITE Program. In Summer 2017, he attended an intense Italian Study Summer Program at Middlebury College. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Romance Languages and Literatures (with a specialization in Italian Studies) at the University of Chicago.

Darren Kusar '16 Honor Thesis

Video Projects


ITAL 102 Dialogue

Second-semester Italian students were asked to write a short dialogue in which they discussed what to wear to an upcoming party. The dialogue was written and performed in Italian using vocabulary and expressions they had learned in class. As you can see from this video, students had fun getting into character, and even included a few bloopers at the end of the video!

Livi Somkuti '18, Major: Italian studies and music, and Chloe Addio '18

ITAL 102 Shadow Puppet

Second-semester Italian students were asked to create a short self-introduction video using the Shadow Puppet app. This activity gave students the chance to record original audio in Italian and to incorporate photos of themselves with family and friends in a creative slide show. The videos were used in class as a way to introduce students to each other at the beginning of the semester.

Lauren Mastoloni '19, Major: undecided

ITAL 385 Digital Story

Students were asked to create a digital story about a woman who had had a strong impact on their personal growth and identity, and they had to connect the story of this woman with history of Italian women's emancipation through literature and cinema. Students used Final-Cut Pro, wrote their script in Italian, provided English subtitles, recorded their story, and selected images and music.

Francesca Richman '16, Major: Italian studies and art history

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