Emanuel Rota and Jessica Sciubba elected fellows of National Italian American Foundation
Jessica Sciubba and Emanuel Rota have been elected NIAF Fellows for the academic year 2015/16.The NIAF on Campus Program has been created to gather student leaders and their mentors at the annual meeting of the organization to be held this year from October 16-18 in Washington, DC. Jessica Sciubba and Emanuel Rota will be among those who will design a new “NIAF on Campus” strategy. Each year, the NIAF awards 15 fellowships nationwide to recognize the work of professors and students in promoting the Italian and Italian American experience on campus.
Joe Johnson awarded Essay Prize
Former student Joe R. Johnson (B.A., French and Medieval Studies), is one of the 2014 winners of The Medieval Journal¹s essay prize. Joe's essay, titled "Domestication and its Discontents", explores the semantic and conceptual structures of Herbert¹s Roman de Dolopathos (c. 1210). Joe is continuing his research and teaching in French Medieval literature and culture at NYU. Congratulations, Joe!
Zsuzsanna Fagyal & Eda Derhemi among recipients of Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Grant
Zsuzsanna Fagyal and Eda Derhemi are part of the group of EUC faculty whose projects will be benefitting from the prestigious Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Grant awarded to the European Union Center at the University of Illinois for 2015-2018. The three-year grant, “Strengthening Transatlantic Trust,” rewards projects designed to sustain the continued excellence in research, teaching, and outreach of the European Union Center of the University of Illinois. Professor Fagyal and Derhemi’s project, Language and Minorities in Europe: An Introduction, will lead to the publication of a book and receive support for continued outreach to the public and educators in Europe and the United States on research and teaching on minorities. A previous Jean Monnet grant, “Europe and the Mediterranean: Transnational Spaces and Integration” (2011-2014), resulted in a new, team-taught course that presented the cultural, economic, and migratory networks linking Europe and the Mediterranean region as interdependent spaces. FRIT Professors Emanuel Rota and Eda Derhemi were among the instructors of this course that has become a permanent offering. The initiative has also led to an SLCL 200 ‘Topics in Global Culture” course on ‘Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean’ offered this fall and taught by ten SLCL faculty and coordinated by Professor Derhemi.”
Robert Rushing, professor of comparative and world literature, talks with Jodi Heckel of the UI News Bureau about the popularity of the TV series Mad Men (April 21, 2015).
Alumna Jessica Sturm Awarded Tenure
Congratulations to alumna Jessica L. Sturm (Ph.D. 2009 in French SLATE) who has just been awarded promotion and tenure to the rank of Associate Professor in the School of Languages and Cultures at Purdue University. Congratulations, Jessica!