Ilaria Poerio will be the La Motta Visiting Fellow in Italian Studies in the Fall of 2016. She received her Ph.D. in Italian Studies from the University of Reading in 2015. She has recently published A scuola di dissenso: Storie di resistenza al confino di polizia (1926-43)(Carocci, 2016); Postcards from Italy. Ventanni di berlusconismo sulla stampa britannica (Storia e problemi contemporanei n.64, 2013) and she has coauthored Vento del Sud. Gli antifascisti meridionali nella guerra di Spagna (Istituto Ugo Arcuri, 2007). Her research interests include Fascism, Antifascism and political violence. At Seton Hall, she will conduct a preliminary study on the cult of San Gennaro in the Italian-American communities of New Jersey and New York State, and the role it played in establishing not only a religious but also cultural identity, as one would expect both in the Old Country and the New World. The topics of her lectures at Seton Hall will include “Policing Dissidence and Persecuting Otherness in Fascist Italy,” “America is a dreamy milk sea: a portrait of the Italian immigration in Twentieth-century Italian cinema,” and “Believing the Impossible: Neapolitan Identity and the Cult of San Gennaro”.
Martina Piperno will be the Alberto Italian Studies Visiting Fellow in the Spring of 2017. Originally from Rome, she just completed her Ph.D. in Italian Studies at the University of Warwick in the UK. Her research focuses on Leopardi and in 2012 she received the “Anna Leopardi” Award (XII Edition) for the best MA dissertation on Giacomo Leopardi, issued by Centro Nazionale Studi Leopardiani (Recanati, Italy). She has published several articles and is currently working on a volume titled: The Nineteenth Century in Italian Contemporary Culture: Tradition, Continuity, Legacy, edited by M. Piperno and F. Camilletti (New York: Palgrave Macmillan [forthcoming]). At Seton Hall she will be giving a lecture at the Alberto Institute on “The Most Ancient Wisdom of the Italians: a History in the Margins” and will teach a class to undergraduate students on the poet Giacomo Leopardi.