History of the Institute
The Alberto Institute was founded in 2003 thanks to the generous donation by Charles and Joan Alberto given in the support of the Italian Studies program at Seton Hall University.
Inaugurated at a May 4, 2004 ceremony in the Walsh Library, the Alberto Institute addresses the need to centralize Seton Hall's Italian-oriented programs such as the Joseph M. and Geraldine C. La Motta Lecture Series, the on-campus academic programs related to Italian studies, and the Summer Study Abroad program in Rome. The new Institute will coordinate the University's many activities relating to Italian and Italian American history and culture.
In order to spread the message of the universal relevance and inclusiveness of Italian contributions in the history of the world and of America, regardless of nationality or ethnic background, the Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute has been established to coordinate Seton Hall University's many activities relating to Italian and Italian American history and culture, to sponsor cultural events and to promote curriculum development and community outreach.