Since 1998 the Joseph M. and Geraldine C. La Motta Chair in Italian Studies has sponsored programs in Italian heritage and culture at Seton Hall University. The Chair has created a forum for audiences from the Italian American and academic communities to enjoy a diverse array of cultural programs supported by insightful historical analysis.
The Joseph M. and Geraldine C. La Motta Chair, William J. Connell
Fall 1998-Spring 2008
- October 12, 1998
Lecture and Film: “Newark’s Little Italy.” Presented by Michael Immerso.
- March 15-April 9, 1999
Art Exhibit: “Il Design: Contemporary Design from Italy.” Walsh Library Gallery. Co-sponsored by the Provost and the Primavera Festival.
- March 22, 1999
Lecture and Film: “The Villa Borghese.” Presented by Duilio Gianmaria, correspondent for RAI Televisione Italiana. Co-sponsored by the Provost and the Primavera Festival.
- March 25, 1999
Lecture: “Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence,” by William J. Connell, holder of the La Motta Chair.
- March 25, 1999
Concert: “The Wandering Italian Spirit.” Music by Petrarch, the Seton Hall Trio-in-residence, with works of Mozart, Boccherini, Tchaikovsky and Bracali. Co-sponsored by the Provost and the Primavera Festival.
- March 30, 1999
Lecture: “Design Beyond Form and Function: The Concept Behind the Manufacturer Benza and Its Unusual Products.” By the Italian designer Giovanni Pellone. Co-sponsored with the Multicultural Program and the Department of Modern Languages.
- March 31, 1999
Film: “Stanno tutti bene (Everybody’s fine).” Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore (“Cinema Paradiso”), 1990, starring Marcello Mastroianni in one of his last performances. Co-sponsored with the Multicultural Program and the Department of Modern Languages.
- April 14, 1999
Lecture: “Italians in the Americas: Buenos Aires and New York,” by Samuel Baily (Rutgers Univ.-New Brunswick). Co-sponsored with the Multicultural Program.
- April 15-September 1, 1999
Art Exhibit: “Hannibal’s March Into Italy.” Six prints designed by German artist Alfred Rethel (1816-1859). In the Italian Studies Corridor, Walsh Library.
- April 26, 1999
Lecture: “Visions, Politics, and Women’s Authority in Renaissance Italy: The Case of Lucia Brocadelli da Narni,” by E. Ann Matter (University of Pennsylvania).
- April 1-May 31, 2000
Art Exhibit: “Under the Influence: The Impact of Herculaneum and Pompeii on Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century British Interiors.” Organized by Debbie Westmoreland in conjunction with the M.A. Program in Museum Professions.
- April 6, 2000
“Eugenio Montale: A Reading of His Poetry,” by Jonathan Galassi, Chairman of the Academy of American Poets and Executive Editor, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
- October 29, 2000
Symposium: An Italian Saint and His Community: St. Gerard Maiella and Newark’s First Ward. (Part of “The Nevarca Project” of the Newark Public Library.) Speakers: Rudolph Bell (Rutgers-New Brunswick), Rev. Lawrence Porter (Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University), Constance Ferrante, Elizabeth Milligan (Seton Hall University), Peter Savastano (Drew University), Michael Immerso, Fr. Thomas D. Nicastro, William J. Connell (Seton Hall University).
- January 31, 2001
Lecture: “The Power of Prestige. A Florentine Family in the Midde Ages”, by David P. Bénéteau (Seton Hall University).
- March 6, 2001
Film: Bread and Chocolate (Pane e cioccolata, 1973, by Franco Brusati). Presented by Prof. Anastasia Moschos, Dept. of Modern Languages, in association with the Multicultural Film Series.
- March 16 - May 15, 2001
Art Exhibit: Ink, Image, Impressions: Italian-American Printmakers of the 20th Century. Walsh Library
- March 27, 2001
Film: Amarcord (1974, Federico Fellini) Presented by Dr. David Bénéteau, Dept of Modern Languages, in association with the Multicultural Film Series.
- March 30, 2001
Symposium on the exhibit “Ink, Image, Impressions”, with Michael DiCerbe (The Old Print Shop) and Carol D. Jones and Meredith Noll.
- March 30, 2001
Concert: "An Evening of Italian Songs."
- April 4, 2001
Reading by author Frank Lentricchia (Duke University). In association with Poetry in the Round.
- October 18, 2001
Seminar: “’Talking Letters’: Initials in Italian manuscripts and printed books,” by Franca Petrucci Nardelli (University of Pisa).
- October 18, 2001
Lecture: "Letter Writing in the Middle Ages: From Charlemagne to Petrarch," by Armando Petrucci (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa).
- October 27, 2001
Dance Presentation: The Spirit Dance Company, directed by Linda Teleseo. Co-sponsored with the Center for Italian and Italian American Culture.
- November 6, 2001
Lecture: "The Sack of Rome and the Crisis of the Renaissance Papacy," by Kenneth Gouwens (University of Connecticut, Storrs).
- February 27, 2002
Lecture: “Literature and Visual Images in the Renaissance Art of Memory,” by Lina Bolzoni (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa).
- March 9, 2002
First National UNICO Italian Studies Symposium hosted by the La Motta Chair and Seton Hall University.
- March 20, 2002
Lecture: “Ariosto, Italian Opera, and the Devolution of Literary Style,” by Edward M. Anderson (University of Cambridge, England).
- April 10, 2002
Lecture: "The Great Famine: Resisting Authority on the Eve of the Black Death," by William Chester Jordan (Princeton University). Co-sponsored with Phi Alpha Theta.
- October 22, 2002
Lecture: “Defining Literature: Italian Authors Reading Themselves,” by Roberta Ricci (Seton Hall University). Co-sponsored by the New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission.
- November 11, 2002
Lecture: “John Ciardi: An Italian American Man of Letters,” by Edward Cifelli (County College of Morris). Co-sponsored with the Center for Italian and Italian American Culture. Co-sponsored by the New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission.
- December 11, 2002
Lecture: “Where Have All the Brave Knights Gone? Sicilian Puppet Theater and the Apennine Maggio,” by Jo Ann Cavallo (Columbia University). Co-sponsored by the New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission.
- January 29, 2003
Lecture: “Dante’s Unreasonable Love,” by Giuliana Garugati (Emory University) Co-sponsored by the New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission.
- March 4, 2003
Lecture: “Francis of Assisi: The Poetics of Mystical Union,” by Alessandro Vettori (Rutgers University-New Brunswick). Co-sponsored by the New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission.
- April 3, 2003
Lecture: “Writing the Romance: Giulia Bigolina, Urania and Renaissance Prose Fiction,” by Valeria Finucci (Duke University). Co-sponsored by the New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission.
- April 24, 2003
Lecture and Film: “Federico Fellini… And the Myth of I Vitelloni in Italian Cinema,” by Laura Caparrotti. Co-sponsored with the Italian Student Union, the Center for Italian and Italian American Culture, and the New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission.
- September 23, 2003
Lecture: “History and Fiction in Dante,” by Claudio Giunta, (University of Trento).
- October 20, 2003
Lecture: “Federico da Montefeltro and the Pazzi conspiracy in Renaissance Florence,” by Marcello Simonetta (Wesleyan University).
- October 29, 2003
Lecture: “Fathers and Sons in Modern Novels,” by Sergio Zatti (University of Pisa and Yale University).
- December 3, 2003
Lecture: "The Venetian Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean," by Benjamin G. Kohl (Vassar College).
- March 31, 2004
Symposium: “Why Become a Historian?” Presentations by Giorgio Chittolini (University of Milan), Marco Gentile (University of Milan) and Serena Ferente (European University Institute, Florence).
- April 3, 2004
Meeting of the New Jersey Fulbright Association, w/ addresses by William J. Connell (Seton Hall University) and Mauro Lorenzini (Italian Vice-Consul, Newark).
- April 14, 2004
Lecture: “'Metropolis of a Ruined Paradise': The Art of Naples,” by Charlotte Nichols (Seton Hall University).
- October 13, 2004
Lecture: “The Italian South: Crossroads of Cultures,” by Sarolta Takacs (Rutgers University, New Brunswick). Co-sponsored with the Southern Italy Project of the Orange/W. Orange Chapter of UNICO National.
- November 3, 2004
Lecture: “Constructing the Vatican Library: Six Centuries of Book Collecting,” by Massima Ceresa (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana).
- March 14, 2005
Lecture and Booksigning: The new translation of Machiavelli’s Prince by William J. Connell (Seton Hall University). Co-sponsored by University Libraries and Center for Catholic Studies.
- November 21, 2005
Lecture: “Dante and Love,” by Robert Di Pede (McGill University).
- February 22, 2006
Lecture: "The Coming of the Black Death: Bologna, Italy, 1348,” by Shona Kelly Wray (University of Missouri, Kansas City).
- February 27, 2006
Show and lecture: "Nasi, mustacchi e lazzi (Noses, mustaches and mimicry)," on the Commedia dell’arte presented by writer and actor Antonio Fava.
- April 25, 2006
Reading: “Novels and Trials: the Double Life of Gianrico Carofiglio”. A presentation and reading of his writings by Italian author Gianrico Carofiglio. In conjunction with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of New York and the Casa Italiana of South Orange.
- September 24, 2007
Lecture: “Italian Americans in World War II.” Speech and book-signing by Salvatore J. LaGumina. Co-sponsored with the Alberto Italian Studies Institute.
- October 27, 2007
Seminar: "Migrant Cultures in Today's Italy and the International Musical Success of L'Orchesta di Piazza Vittorio," by Caterina Romeo, University of Rome “La Sapienza.” Co-sponsored with the Alberto Italian Studies Institute.
- Nov 7, 2007
Seminar: "The Jews of Medieval Italy," by Alessandra Veronese, University of Pisa.
- November 7, 2007
Seminar: "The 1970's in Italy: Terrorism and the Case of Aldo Moro," by Paolo Pezzino, University of Pisa.
- November 30, 2007
Lecture: “The Battle for Peace,” speech and book-signing with General Anthony Zinni, USMC, Retd.
- March 3, 2008
Seminar: “The Best of Youth: a seminar on the Giordana film,” by Giancarlo Lombardi, CUNY Graduate Center.
- March 10, 2008
Lecture: “Futurist Cuisine,” lecture and book-signing by Pietro Frassica, Princeton University. Co-sponsored with the Alberto Italian Studies Institute.
- April 6, 2009
Lecture: “Trying Galileo,” by Thomas F. Mayer (Augustana College).
- November 23, 2009
Symposium: “Earthquakes in Italian Life,” with Salvatore J. La Gumina (Professor Emeritus of History, Nassau County Community College) and Stanislao G. Pugliese, (Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies, Hofstra University).
- January 20, 2010
Lecture: “Italian Renaissance Universities,” by Paul F. Grendler (Professor Emeritus of History, University of Toronto).
- September 22, 2010
Symposium: “Machiavelli in England,” with Alessandro Arienzo (University of Naples-Federico II), William J. Connell (holder of the La Motta Chair, Seton Hall University), and Alessandra Petrina (University of Padua).
- April 11, 2011
Lecture and video presentation: “Assassins Creed II,” with historical consultant and author, Marcello Simonetta.
- September 19, 2011
Lecture: “Mazzini, The Evil Eye and the Unification of Italy,” by William J. Connell (holder of the La Motta Chair, Seton Hall University).