Federico Casari was Visiting Fellow in Italian Studies for the month of September, 2012. He received a BA in Italian Language and Literature from the University of Bologna (Italy), and an MA in Italian Philology from the same university. He is currently a third-year PhD candidate in the Department of Italian at Durham University. Supervised by Professor Carlo Caruso, his research project is designed towards the understanding of a typically Italian genre of literary journalism, the elzeviro, and its impact in the process of literary reporting between the second half of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. At Seton Hall he lectured on "America 1850-1860. How the Italians discovered the United States" and "Milano and the Making of I promessi sposi".