Enamuel Rota awarded Senior Research Fellowship
Emanuel Rota was awarded the Senior Research Fellowship by the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory for 2016-18 for his project “Mediterranean Laziness: The Invention of a Vice".
The modern concept of laziness has played and continues to play a crucial role in the criminalization of poverty. Professor Rota's project reconstructs the invention of laziness as a dispositif that allowed industrial societies to coordinate the languages of ethics, economics, and medicine in their relation with peripheral areas and individuals. By transforming laziness into a function of climate, religion, or race, not only could marginal subjects be represented as responsible for their own poverty, but also those in economically advanced societies who refused to embrace an exploitative work ethic could be represented as racially/culturally/morally inferior. His research covers the history of laziness as a vice from its emergence in early modernity to the triumph of industrial societies.
Alain Fresco, advisor, has profound impact!
The NewsGazette asked 10 University of Illinois grads who've gone on to big things: Who's the professor who had the most profound impact on you? The following was a part of the article in the paper on Sunday, April 10th.
"As an econ major within the liberal arts school — our unofficial motto: we won't take accounting and you can't make us — I took a bunch of classes to round out some of the business-oriented requirements for my degree. One of those non-stats, non-econ classes was a 300-level French language course on Afro-Caribbean literature, taught by Dr. Alain Fresco.
"I still have a couple of books from the class, still remember some of the authors. Fresco approached me near the end the semester my senior year and asked what I was doing post-college — I said, not at all joking, I would be delaying whatever fabulous career was in store. He encouraged me to apply to a program that sent some U.S. students to France to teach English — he was kind enough to write me a recommendation.
"I did and couldn't be more grateful for the nudge. I spent two phenomenal years in the Loire Valley and in the French West Indies, an island called Martinique, where I worked, traveled and generally laid the foundations for a taste for adventure and an openness to new opportunities — especially the unexpected ones."
Eleonora Stoppino receives Research Grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Nora Stoppino has received a Research Grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (http://delmas.org) to work in Italy this summer on her project, "Sirens and Dragons in the Venetian Republic: Animal Cycles in the Colleoni Territory”. This study is part of a larger project on animals as vectors of education and contagion in late medieval and early renaissance Europe, and it focuses on a specific trait of cultural production in the Quattrocento culture of Venice and its territory: the presence of animals in textual and visual representations, particularly under the patronage of Bartolomeo Colleoni (1400-1475), Captain-General of the Republic of Venice.
Italian Best Student Prize Award Winners for Fall 2015
Italian Best Student Prize award winners for Fall 2015
The following students received the Italian Best Student Prize for Fall Semester 2015. Awards were announced in a ceremony held in the FLB in February. Students were nominated by their teachers. This fall’s awardees were:
Stephanie Antoniolli, Katherine Beisel, Psula Betancourt, Paul Camacho, Jennifer Coady, Moises Contreras, Jana Cruz,Constantine Davros, Michael Gambino, Keren Garcia, Daniel Garcy, Olivia Gatti, Charlotte Hunt, Jennifer Kaczmarek, Ross Massey, Xiaoyu Nie, Herman Pineda-Yanez, Emily Plucinski, Amelia Reggi, Jonathan Reynolds, Andrew Schwenk,
Max Weiss,,Nicholas (Nick) Zalewski, Leticia Zhou
Priscilla Charrat to receive Gendell Family and Shiner Family Fellowship
The Program in Jewish Culture and Society is delighted to announce that Priscilla Charrat has been awarded the Gendell Family and Shiner Family Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year. This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift to the Program in Jewish Culture and Society from the Gendell and Shiner families and is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student completing a dissertation in the field of Jewish Studies.
Priscilla is a graduate student in The Department of French and Italian, and in Jewish Studies. Her project is entitled "Documents et cheminements: Tracing the Postmemory of the Second World War and the Algerian War of Independence."