The Italian Studies Program strongly encourages study abroad in Italy. Students may participate in programs in Bologna, Milan, Florence, Rome, or Padua. Residence abroad is the best way to gain proficiency in the language and knowledge of the culture.
Bernhard Kuhn, Associate Professor of Italian Studies
Director of the Italian Studies Program
Ph.D. Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany
Specializes in 20th-century Italian literature and culture. His research focuses on the relationship between opera and the Italian cinema. He teaches courses in Italian language and culture.
Anna Paparcone, Assistant Professor of Italian Studies
Ph.D. Cornell University
Her primary area of research is contemporary Italian cinema, and she is interested in the relationship between fiction, reality and truth in the "political cinema" from the 1960s to the present. She currently teaches beginning and advanced Italian language and culture as well as an interdisciplinary course on Medieval and Renaissance Italy.
Lisa Perrone, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Italian Studies
M.A. Middlebury College
She teaches introductory level Italian classes and a Foundation Seminar on Italian and Italian American culture. She is interested in 20th century Italian literature. She is the author of the audio script of the Random House Living Language Italian program.
Italian students use multimedia classrooms and a multimedia language learning center.