Laurea in Lettere, Universita’ di Firenze, Florence, Italy
Alessandra Adriani graduated from the University of Florence in the Humanities, with a thesis in archeology (1992); she specialized in the methodology of teaching Italian as a second language at the Koiné School for Foreigners (1994); and in 1996, she held a six-month post-graduate position at the European Community in Bruxelles, Belgium. Before joining the Italian department at Syracuse University Florence in 2006, Alessandra taught at the University of Florence, Kent State, l’Accademia Italiana, and Pepperdine University in Florence. In addition to Syracuse, she teaches at the Società Dante Alighieri (2015) where she received her PLIDA Examiner certification. Alessandra has also been a private language tutor in Latin and Italian for Italian high school students since 1990.
Laurea in Economics, Universita’ di Firenze; certificate in Marketing, New York University. Certified trainer in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). Extensive experience training, consulting and teaching entrepreneurship, marketing, advertising, personal development and coaching. Anselmi has executive-level experience with international companies in market research and advertising. He is a member of the ICF (International Coach Federation) and of the ICF Italian Chapter organizing committee and is author of numerous training manuals and check-up analyses. He teaches Entrepreneurship & Enterprises and Managing in a Global Setting at Syracuse Florence.
PhD, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
Literature & Writing
Dorothea Barrett received her PhD from Cambridge University in 1987. She has taught at Beijing Normal University (China), Glasgow University (Scotland), and the University of Florence (Italy). She is the author of Vocation and Desire: George Eliot’s Heroines (London: Routledge, 1989) and the editor of the George Eliot’s Romola (London: Penguin Classics, 1996). She has published a variety of essays on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British and American literature and edited volumes of Oscar Wilde, E. M. Forster, James Joyce, Katherine Mansfield, and others. At Syracuse Florence she teaches courses in creative writing and Italian literature (in English). Her research interests are Victorian, modern, and postmodern fiction and the representation of gender, sexuality, politics, religion, and imperialism in literature.
Laurea in Foreign Languages and Literature, Universita’ di Pisa, Pisa, Italy
Italian Language & Culture
Antonella Battaglia received her DITALS (Didattica dell’Italiano a Stranieri) certification in the methodology of teaching Italian as a second language from the Universita’ per Stranieri di Siena and studied methodologies in second-language instruction at the Istituto Francese di Firenze and the Università di Siena. Battaglia co-authored the Italian language textbook for beginners Dimmi! (Guerra Edizioni, 1999). She has taught Italian at the University of Santa Barbara in California, the Università per Stranieri di Siena, and the Istituto Universitario Europeo di Firenze. She has been teaching Italian language and culture courses at Syracuse Florence since 1996.
Francesca Bea specialized in the methodology of teaching Italian as a second language and teaching Italian literature to foreigners at the Koinè School for Foreigners. She has been teaching Italian as a Second Language at Syracuse Florence since 2000 and is a faculty supervisor for the Syracuse Florence internship program. In the past, she has also taught at the Florence centers for the Università per Stranieri, Pepperdine University, the Accademia Italiana, and California State University. In addition to teaching Italian as a Second Language to foreigners, Francesca Bea has been a private language tutor in Greek and Latin for Italian high school students since 1995.
Luca Bisconti is a PhD Researcher in the field of Mathematical Analysis at the Department of Mathematics and Informatics “U. Dini”, University of Florence, Italy. His research interests concern Partial Differential Equations in Fluid Dynamics, Dynamical Systems, Nonlinear Ordinary Differential Equations, and Topological Methods in Mathematical Analysis. He currently teaches “Differential Equations & Matrix Algebra for Engineers” at Syracuse Florence (spring semester only).
Paul Blokker has been teaching Economics of European Integration at SUF since 2007. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute, and is Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair at the Institute of Sociological Studies, Charles University, Prague. His publications include ‘The European Crisis and a Political Critique of Capitalism’, European Journal of Social Theory, 17(3), 2014; with Bruno Dallago (eds), Regional Diversity and Local Development in the New Member States, Palgrave/MacMillan, 2009; with Bruno Dallago (eds), Youth Entrepreneurship and Local Development in Central and Eastern Europe, Ashgate, 2008; New Democracies in Crisis? A Comparative Constitutional Study of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, Routledge, 2013; ‘EU Democratic Oversight and Domestic Deviation from the Rule of Law: Sociological Reflections’, in: C. Closa and D. Kochenov (eds), Reinforcing the Rule of Law Oversight in the European Union, CUP, 2016; and, co-edited with Chris Thornhill, Sociological Constitutionalism, CUP, forthcoming, 2017.
A specialist in the cultural history of Renaissance Mantua and the network of princely courts in early modern Italy, Prof. Bourne has published numerous articles on artistic patronage, villa design, costume history, the domestic interior, cartography, and the history of sexuality at the Gonzaga court. Her books include Francesco II Gonzaga: The Soldier-Prince as Patron (2008) and, as co-editor, Encountering the Renaissance: Celebrating Gary M. Radke and 50 Years of the Syracuse University Graduate Program in Renaissance Art (2016). Prof. Bourne also serves as art history advisor for the open-source digital humanities project, Isabella d’Este Archive (IDEA). She has received fellowships from the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti and from the British Library, as well as the Harvard University Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching. Prof. Bourne coordinates the graduate program in the history of art and has been teaching art history for Syracuse Florence since 1999. She offers both undergraduate and graduate courses.
Ezio Buzzegoli is Chief Painting Conservator at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure Laboratory of in Florence where he has been working since 1969 after his diploma from the Istituto d’Arte in Florence. He is specialized in conservation of canvas and panel paintings, and has been responsible for the restoration of works by artists including Michelangelo, Botticelli, Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo and Bronzino, and of numerous research projects into new methods and materials for conservation. His many presentations and lectures at international conferences include the Fondazione Longhi and Villa I Tatti in Florence, the Courtauld Institute and the National Gallery in London. His research and restoration projects have been published in many catalogues, scientific journals, such as Studies in Conservation, and in technical bulletins including OPD Restauro and the London National Gallery’s Studying Old Master Paintings. Buzzegoli has been teaching courses in easel painting restoration at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure training center since 1978, and painting techniques and history of conservation at Syracuse University Florence since 1988. His artistic activity centers on multimaterial objects and on digital elaboration of drawings and paintings. Presented in various exhibitions, his works may be found in private collections in Europe and America.
Matilde Cassani moves along the border between architecture, installation, and event design. Her research-based practice reflects the spatial implications of cultural pluralism in the contemporary Western context. Her works have been showcased in many cultural institutions, galleries and published in several magazines, such as Architectural Review, Domus, Abitare, Arqa, Arkitecktur, MONU magazine on Urbanism. Cassani has been a resident fellow at “Akademie Schloss Solitude” in Stuttgart and at the “Headlands Center for the Arts” in San Francisco. Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York hosted her exhibition “Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings” in September 2011. She designed the National Pavilion of The Kingdom of Bahrain at the XIII Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012 and took part in the XIV Venice Architecture Biennale (Monditalia) with the piece “Countryside worship,” recently acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has taken part in many international conferences and lectured at various international universities such as Columbia University in New York and Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris. In addition to Syracuse Florence, she teaches at the Politecnico di Milano and at Domus Academy.
PhD in Mineralogy and Petrology, Universities of Florence and Perugia Consortium
Since receiving his PhD in Minerology and Petrology from the Universities of Florence and Perugia in 1989, Sandro Conticelli has carried out post-doctoral research at the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada), the National Center for Research in Mineralogy and Geochemistry (CNR, Firenze, Italy), and the Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie (Mainz, Germany). He has taught at the University of Basilicata (Potenza, Italy) and the University of Florence, where he is currently Professor of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology and dean of the undergraduate program for geological sciences and of the graduate program for geological sciences and technology. His research interests are isotope geochemistry in rocks and minerals applied to geodynamics, volcanology and food science.
Matteo Duni is the author of Tra religione e magia: Storia del prete modenese Guglielmo Campana (1460?-1541), (Firenze, Olschki, 1999), and Under the Devil’s Spell: Witches, Sorcerers, and the Inquisition in Renaissance Italy, Syracuse University in Florence, 2007 (Villa Rossa Series). Other publications include articles in scholarly journals such as Archivio Storico Italiano, Mélanges de l’École française de Rome, and Studies in Church History; as well as entries in reference works such as The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Western Tradition (Santa Barbara, CA, ABC-Clio, 2006) and Dizionario storico dell’Inquisizione (Pisa, Edizioni della Normale, 2011). With Dinora Corsi, he organized the international conference “Thou Shalt not Suffer a Witch to Live. Witches in Treatises and Trials (XIV-XVII centuries)”. He co-edited the proceedings: Non lasciar vivere la malefica: Le streghe nei trattati e nei processi (secc. XIV-XVII), Firenze University Press in 2008 and (with Mario Biagioni and Lucia Felici) Fratelli d’Italia. Riformatori italiani del Cinquecento (Torino, Claudiana, 2011). With Guido Dall’Olio (Università di Urbino), Duni organized the international conference “Prescritto e proscritto: Religione e società nell’Italia moderna” (2013), and co-edited the proceedings (with Andrea Cicerchia and Guido Dall’Olio): Prescritto e proscritto. Religione e società nell’Italia moderna (XVI-XIX secolo (Roma, Carocci, 2015).
MA, University of Virginia; BA, Yale University. Associate Director, Archaeological Field School at Cetamura del Chianti (1990-2001). Director, Archaeological Field School at Palazzaccio (Lucca). Charles Ewell teaches Etruscan and Roman Art & Archaeology and Classical Mythology at Syracuse University Florence.
Marco Klee Fallani was born in 1965 in New York City. He attended the Istituto d’Arte di Porta Romana and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. He earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree at the California College of Arts in 1993. Fallani has participated in numerous shows in painting and sculpture, winning awards such as the Premio della Pittura from the city of Lucca. He worked as set designer for Luca Ronconi’s production Lo Specchio, collaborated on the making of the monument to Joe Louis for the city of Detroit, and prepared the moulds and plaster casts of the Gugliemo pulpit for the Cathedral Works Museum of Pisa. His private works include a bronze portrait bust for a German government official, a series of paintings for Ron Dennis, and a large-scale painting, The Citation of the Mona Lisa, for the Gherardini Company. In 2005, Syracuse Florence commissioned him to sculpt a life-size figure in terracotta, The Huntress, for the Villa Rossa garden; and in 2006, he designed the set for the Syracuse University – Maggio Musicale operatic co-production of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. His paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in Italy, the U.S. and Netherlands.
Peter Fischer is Consultant for the Development of Sustainable Projects at Syracuse University Florence. He has extensive professional experience with sustainability education, having developed and managed several programs, initiatives and courses at American universities in Florence, Bologna, and Perugia. His major research interests are in the areas of sustainability in higher education, Mediterranean food history, and modern Italian politics and history. He is currently writing a textbook on “Food and Culture in the Mediterranean World” for use in sustainability curricula. His earlier published works include “Atomenergie und staatliches Interesse: Die Anfänge der Atompolitik in der Bundes-republik Deutschland 1949-1955,” Baden-Baden: Nomos 1994; “The Origins of the Federal Republic of Germany´s Space Policy 1959-1965 – European and National Dimensions,” Report ESA HSR-4 (Noordwijk: ESA, January 1994); and “West German Rearmament and the Nuclear Challenge,” in: Francis F. Heller, John Gillingham (ed), NATO: The Founding of the Atlantic Alliance and the Integration of Europe, New York: St. Martin’s Press 1991. He has also published numerous articles on Italian food culture. His favorite quote: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” (Albert Einstein)
Antonella Francini is the author of numerous publications on 20th-century American and Italian literature. Her essays on contemporary poetry and fiction, translation, travel literature, African-American culture, and modernism have appeared in various academic journals. Francini’s many published translations from American poetry include anthologies of Charles Wright‘s, Yusef Komunyakaa’s, and Jorie Graham’s works, a volume of Mina Loy’s poems, and poetry selections from 20th-century and contemporary authors. She has edited Antologia della Poesia Americana (2004), and co-edited Lezioni di poesia (2000), Altri futurismi (2011), and Le riscritture di Dante / Rewriting Dante (2007). Her recent publications include “Transferring Dante: Robert Rauschenberg’s 34 Illustrations for the Inferno”, in Metamorphosing Dante: Appropriations, Manipulations and Rewriting in the Twenty-first Century (2010), “The Brandeis Papers: Irma, Leo Ferrero e Eugenio Montale”, in Le Occasioni di Eugenio Montale: 1928-1939” (2014), and two chapters on American poetry in La letteratura degli Stati Uniti. Dal Rinascimento americano ai nostri giorni (Carocci 2017). She is a freelance journalist, and writes on literature for Italian newspapers and magazines. At Syracuse Florence she teaches Italian and comparative literature, often through interdisciplinary perspectives, and coordinates Syracuse programs at the University of Florence. She is a Faculty Associate of SU (N.Y.). Her research interests are poetry, translation, visual arts, modern and postmodern fiction, and the representation of cultural identity in literature.
Laurea in Philosophy, Universita’ di Firenze, Florence, Italy
Italian Language & Culture
Benedetta Gasperini has extensive experience teaching Italian to foreigners. She teaches Italian language and culture courses at all levels at Syracuse Florence.
Professional Photographer Fortman Studios School of Fine Arts
Francesco Guazzelli is a professional photographer, teacher of photography and graphics technician. His photographic work focuses primarily on Italian fashion. Since 1996 he has been the official press office photographer for Florence’s Pitti Immagine and event photographer for the Stazione Leopoldaexhibition center. Over the past 25 years Guazzelli has collaborated with numerous international fashion magazines including the Spanish Divos and Nins moda, the German Textil Wirtschaft and Textil Mitteilungen, the American Robb Report andthe French Monsieur. His work has included the editorial page for the Italian magazineBenissimo and stage photography and set design for the theatrical company “Macchine di Bosco.” From 1986 to 1990 Guazzelli taught photography at Fortman Studiosand from 1991 to 1994 he taught at the Art…E’ School of design,both in Florence. Guazzelli co-teaches courses in intermediate and advanced photography at SU Florence, where he is also graphics technician for the SUF photo lab.
PhD, University of California, Berkeley, CA
History of Art & Architecture
Richard Ingersoll, born in California, 1949, earned a doctorate in architectural history at UC Berkeley and was a tenured associate professor at Rice University (Houston) from 1986-97. He has lived off and on in Tuscany since 1970 and aside from Syracuse University in Florence teaches at the Politecnico in Milan. He was the executive editor of Design Book Review from 1983-1997. While Ingersoll’s specialty is the architectural history of Renaissance Italy, he teaches other courses in urban history, contemporary art, architectural theory and design, and sustainable urbanism. During the past decade he has been very active in urban agriculture, or Agricivismo, a synthesis of agriculture and architecture, leading many workshops under the aegis of Earth Service in Milan and Sardegna. His recent publications include: World Architecture. A Cross-Cultural History, (2013); Sprawltown, Looking for the City on its Edge, (2006); World Architecture, 1900-2000. A Critical Mosaic, Volume I: North America, USA and Canada, (2000). He recently provided two installations on urban farming for the exhibition Food, from the Spoon to the World at MAXXI (2015-2016). Ingersoll frequently writes criticism on architecture and art for Arquitectura Viva, Lotus, C3, and Bauwelt.
Patricia Kinsella is a freelance textile designer and artist. An expert weaver, she has taught courses in weaving, the principles of textiles and textile quality control as well as Italian fashion and culture since 1982. In addition to teaching, Kinsella has worked as curator for several textile exhibits at the world-famous Textile Museum of Prato. Her own work has appeared in specialized publications and has been exhibited internationally. Selected public collections include The American Craft Museum, NY; The Longhouse Foundation, Southampton, NY; The National Design Collection of the Smithsonian Institute, NY; and The First Bank of Boston, Boston, MA. Professional awards include the Design Preis Schweiz (Switzerland, 1994), the Sincol Award, Nagoya (Japan, 1993), The New York Foundation for the Arts (1985) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1982). Kinsella has been teaching weaving courses for Syracuse University in Florence since 1987.
MA, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
MA, Middlebury College, Florence, Italy
Amy Kleine holds a Master’s degree in Italian language and culture from Middlebury College, and a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Seton Hall University. She is a certified mental health counselor in Italy through the Assocounseling Association. In addition she is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and the American College Counseling Association. Amy teaches “Italy and the Italians: A Cross Cultural Study” in the spring and summer terms. She is the Coordinator for the Freshmen Discovery Florence Program and teaches the “First Year Forum” in the fall.
Carlotta Fonzi Kliemann has published several essays in criticism (among them, “L’amore inconfessabile:l’incesto nel cinema”. Parte prima” Psicologia Contemporanea 31. 190 e Parte seconda 31. 191 (2005); “Years of the Bullet on Screen. The Representation of Leftist Terrorism in Italian Films 1980–1996.” Italian History & Culture 4 (1998): 93–111) and numerous articles on Italian cinema, international political cinema, and women’s films. She’s also the co-author of the book Abbasso i bulli, (Ponte alle Grazie, 2012. She’s been part of the jury for documentary films in competition at SguardiAltrove Film Festival (Milan, 2009) and for the feature films at the Balkan Florence Express (Florence, 2012) and participated in round tables on film in Turin, Florence, Milan, and Rome. She’s been a regular collaborator to the Mediateca Regionale Toscana for many years and since 2008 is vice-president of the Associazione Chicca Richelmy which promotes audio-visual culture and awards a prize at the Torino Film Festival.
MA in Textile Art, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
Textiles & Silkscreening
Kathleen Knippel is co-owner of Art Studio Fuji, school of jewelry making and textile design, in Florence. She is a textile artist who combines her textile works with surface design, sewing and textile sculpture. In California she produced a life-size Volkswagen Bug in textile sculpture that is now in the collection of the VW Company. In Florence, Kathleen is inspired by the environment and produces works about the city, its buildings and piazzas. With a deep love for creating fantasy costumes, she has produced costumes for several theatrical productions put on by SU Florence in collaboration with the Maggio Muscicale Fiorentino, such as “Where the Wild Things Are” and” Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Kathleen also made the costumes for a private theater group’s production of “Macbeth” performed at the Bargello Museum in Florence. Her textile works have been exhibited in Los Angeles, Florence, Antwerp and Yokahama and are featured in several textile books and magazines. Since living in Florence she has taught textile art courses for numerous university art programs such as SU Florence where she has been teaching courses in fiber arts, batik, silkscreen printing, surface design, costume design and textile soft sculpture since 1977.
MFA, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Printmaking; Intro to Drawing
Swietlan (Nick) Kraczyna earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1962 and his Masters of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University in 1964. Upon completion of his graduate degree, he moved to Florence, Italy. Since 1962, Kraczyna has held over 150 solo exhibitions across five continents and his work is included in the Uffizi Gallery’s Permanent Collection of Prints and Drawings. In 1967, Kraczyna received the Golden Florin of Florence for his award-winning photographs of the 1966 flood of Florence. In 1968, he began teaching and setting up printmaking departments in colleges and study abroad programs around Florence. From 1973 to 1980, while working as printmaking technician to Marino Marini, Kraczyna refined his particular technique for multi-plate color etching which characterizes his own work. In 1982, Kraczyna co-founded “Il Bisonte” International School of Advanced Printmaking in Florence where, for ten years, he was artistic director and taught color etching. From 1994-2015, he taught techniques in “Art on Paper” at Sarah Lawrence College Florence. Meanwhile, in 1998, he joined the Syracuse Florence Studio Arts program, where he teaches techniques in printmaking and drawing and, from 2008-2012, was department coordinator.
Diane Kunzelman is a professional easel painting conservator working since 1977 for the Italian Ministry of Cultural Property at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure Laboratory in Florence. Kunzelman received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the Syracuse University Graduate Program in Renaissance Art in 1970, followed by an internship in the Florence conservation facilities as a Fulbright Fellow. She has restored numerous paintings on panel and canvas including works by Bronzino, Fra’ Bartolomeo and Pontormo. Her special interests involve research on innovative methods of technical and scientific investigation for the treatment and documentation of artworks, and she has been responsible for overseeing conservation requirements for works of art exhibited in Italy and around the world. Kunzelman is the author of numerous conference presentations, lectures and publications. Her work has appeared in scientific journals such as Studies in Conservation and the Journal of the American Society for Conservation, as well as in the catalogues of many major exhibitions held in Florence and elsewhere. Since 1988 Kunzelman teaches the seminar on the History of Conservation for the Masters of Fine Arts program and undergraduate courses on Renaissance Painting Techniques at Syracuse University in Florence.
Laurea in Italian Literature, Universita’ di Firenze; Florence, Italy
Elena Lucchetti graduated with honors in the Humanities and holds two post-graduate degrees in International Studies. She is fluent in several languages and has extensive international and cross-cultural experience. She has been teaching Italian language and culture at the Syracuse University Florence program since 1998 and has taught for other American programs in Florence, such as California State University, The Miami Dade College, and Florida State University. In addition to courses at the undergraduate level, Lucchetti has taught Italian language and culture at the graduate and doctoral levels as well, including courses at the European University Institute in Fiesole (Florence).
PhD, University of Durham, Durham, UK
Baret Magarian currently runs the Writing Center at Syracuse and is available for one-on-one consultation with students who need help with the structure and style of their writing. He obtained his BA in English literature at the University of London and his PhD on Shelley at the University of Durham, parts of which were published in the Keats-Shelley Review. He was a freelance journalist in London and reviewed and wrote features for The Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, and The Independent. He has recently had poetry published in Italian translation in the Florentine anthology Collectivo R. He has also had fiction published in Panurge magazine in the Uk, and he has recorded an EP of rock. In addition to teaching academic and creative writing at American universities in Florence, Magarian has acted in Italian film trailers and directed fringe theatre in London. He has just completed a collection of 14 short stories which draw on genres as diverse as melodrama, science fiction, the Gothic novel, poetic dreamscape, noir and social satire. Two of these stories will appear later in the year in the Darker Times anthology.
Kyle Miller is the Architecture Program Director at Syracuse University Florence, Assistant Professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture, and Co-Founder of Possible Mediums. His design research has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and has been included in the Possible Mediums and AIA Emerging Professionals exhibitions. His writing has been published in Pidgin, Project, Offramp, PLAT, Fresh Punches, and the Journal for Architectural Education. Miller previously taught at the University of Kentucky College of Design and the University of California – Los Angeles Department of Architecture and Urban Design, and worked professionally in Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and most recently for Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos with UNStudio in Amsterdam. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the University of California – Los Angeles Department of Architecture and Urban Design, where he earned his professional degree and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate.
Jonathan Nelson has published extensively on Italian painting and sculpture in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, with specific interests in patronage and the representation of women. His books include The Patron’s Payoff: Economic Frameworks for Conspicuous Commissions in Renaissance Italy (2008), monographic studies on Filippino Lippi (Electa, 2004), Leonardo da Vinci (2007), and Plautilla Nelli (2008, 2000); he also co-curated exhibition catalogs on Robert Mapplethorpe: Perfection in Form (2009), Botticelli and Filippino (2004), and Venus and Cupid: Michelangelo and the New Ideal of Beauty (2002). He is currently writing a monograph on Filippino Lippi: Problem Solving in Renaissance Art for Reaktion Books, and co-organizing a workshop on “Bad Reception: Negative Reactions to Italian Renaissance Art” at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz.
Sean Nelson’s research and teaching interests focus on cross-cultural dialogue between Early Modern Florence and the Islamic lands, predominantly the Mamluk Sultanate and the Ottoman Empire. He has received research fellowships and grants from the Kunsthistorisches Institute in Florence; the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin; the Getty Foundation, Los Angeles as a fellow of “Connecting Art Histories”; the USC-Early Modern Studies Institute at the Huntington Library, San Marino; the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, Istanbul, co-sponsored by the Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Florence; and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Societies, and Humanities at the University of Cambridge (CRASSH). He has published essays on the collection of Islamic spoils in The Grand Ducal Medici and the Levant: Interlacing Cultures from Florence to the Eastern Mediterranean (1532-1743) (Brepols, 2016) and the forthcoming Pisa: The Eccentric City (ETS Editrice). He is also a contributor to the Marie Curie sponsored project Reading the Inventory: The Possessions of the Portuguese Merchant-Banker Emmanuel Ximenez (1562-1632) in Antwerp to be accompanied by a forthcoming book (University of Chicago Press).
PhD, Yale University, New Haven, CT; MA, Warwick University, Coventry, UK; BA, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Drama & Theater
Since 1998, Eric Nicholson (MA, Warwick University, Ph.D. Yale University) has taught courses in literature and theater studies at Syracuse University Florence. He is an active member of Thespis Society (Università di Verona), and of the international research collaborative “Theater Without Borders.” With Robert Henke, he has edited the volumes Transnational Exchange in Early Modern Theater (Ashgate, 2008), and Transnational Mobilities in Early Modern Theater (Ashgate, 2014). His most recent publications include the chapter on “Sexuality and Gender,” for Volume Three of A Cultural History of Theatre (Bloomsbury Press, 2017). At Syracuse Florence and elsewhere, he has directed productions of plays by Shakespeare, Molière, Pirandello, and others. He is also a professional actor and voice artist, who has appeared several times on stage in Italy and has worked on several audio guides and animated cartoons. His current research projects focus on women as theatrical performers in early modern Europe.
After completing his graduate degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Florence, Roberto Pacciani received his Ph.D. from the University of Bari in 1997. After his doctoral degree, he started working at the Research and Development Department of GE Oil & Gas (formerly Nuovo Pignone) as a turbine and compressor aero-design specialist. Since 1999, he has been a member of the faculty of mechanical engineering at the University of Florence. He is presently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering. At the School of Engineering of the University of Florence he teaches courses in Fluid Dynamics and Turbomachinery. His research involves the development of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methodologies with a special focus on turbomachinery design and analysis. He has contributed to the development of CFD codes which are currently used by several industries and research centers. Dr. Pacciani currently teaches a course in Thermodynamics at Syracuse University in Florence (spring semester only).
Francesca Parotti is a freelance engineer and professor of materials technology at the Florence Institute for the Industrial Arts (ISIA). Her research focuses mainly on material technologies for environmental sustainability, including developments in bamboo as a construction material. She speaks fluent English, Spanish, and Portuguese, some French and Albanian, and is passionate about photography and travel in her free time. Dr. Parotti currently teaches a course in “Sustainability in Environmental and Engineering Systems” at Syracuse University in Florence (spring semester only).
PhD, Tufts University, Boston, MA
Dr. Sasha Perugini has been exposed, either for personal or professional reasons to various nations (Italy, USA, UK, Germany, Former-Yugoslavia, Australia), developing her multilingual and cross-cultural competencies. She holds a Laurea Magistrale in English and Russian Literatures and Languages from the University of Siena, a Master and a Ph.D in History of Theater from Tufts University. Since 1994, she has worked in teaching and managerial roles in international academic institutions and study abroad programs within American, Italian, and Australian universities in both the US and Italy. Her research interests focus on internationalization and the global dynamics of student and scholars flows around the world for study purposes. She has been in international education since the mid-1990s, first at Colorado College, then at International Education for Students in Rome, and then at Monash University. Since 2011, she has been the Director of the Syracuse University Florence program where she also teaches a course on International Education. She presents regularly at international conferences on international education and is often invited to talk about women leadership. She has published five creative-writing books and blogs for The Huffington Post Italia.
Natalia Piombino holds a PhD in Italian History from Royal Holloway, University of London; an M.A. in Italian Studies from University College London, and a Laurea in Political Science from the Universita’ di Firenze. She completed postgraduate studies in Modern and Contemporary Italy and Problems and Methods of Historical Research also at the Universita’ di Firenze. She has received research grants from the Central Research Fund of the University of London, and her publications include: Focus on the Family: Germi’s Cinema as a Map of a Country in Transition (forthcoming); and Il Sud di Rossellini (forthcoming). She teaches courses in Italian history and society at Syracuse University Florence.
Laurea in Modern Languages and Literature, Universita’ di Firenze, Florence, Italy
Italian Language & Culture
Isabella Pistolozzi received her Master’s degree in Education with honors from the University of Florence specializing in Psycholinguistics and Glottodidactics. Her thesis was entitled “Neurolinguistics in Second-Language Learning in Adults: Teaching Italian Language Acquisition.” She is a recipient of the National Certification in the Methodology of Teaching English as a Second Language and has taught Italian language courses at schools for foreigners throughout Florence. At the Hantarex S.p.A company in Florence, she developed and coordinated the company’s English as a Second Language program for employees at all levels. She has been teaching Italian Language and Culture courses at Syracuse University Florence since 1989.
M.Arch, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (AAM) – USI, Switzerland
Luca Miles Ponsi is Adjunct Professor of Architecture and the Architecture Field Studies Coordinator at Syracuse University Florence. He is co-founder of Studio Ponsi – Architettura e Design in Florence. He was born in San Francisco, CA, and raised in Florence, Italy. He has worked in the United States, Switzerland, Portugal, and Italy. He received his M.Arch degree from the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (Switzerland). He was awarded a Fondazione Maletti scholarship and an Erasmus Programme grant to study at the Universidade Luisiada in Lisbon (Portugal). Ponsi worked in the office of Mark Mack Architects, Los Angeles, and collaborated with Moretti Spa-MORE to develop an industrialized high-technology concrete construction system, now produced by the company. In 2013, his work was selected and exhibited at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in Lisbon, Portugal, and in Florence. His work has been published in Casabella, ArquitecturaViva, Divisare, Arq/a, DesignBoom, InsideArt and Il Giornale dell’Architettura. From 2010 to 2015, Ponsi taught Interior Design and Analytical Drawing at the Florence Institute of Design International. Since 2011 he has been teaching Architectural Design, Analysis and Representation at Syracuse University Florence – School of Architecture. Since 2016, he has been the Architecture Field Studies Coordinator. He is a licensed architect in Switzerland and Italy.
JD, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 1981; BA, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 1977
President, ATRQ Global LLC www.atrqglobal.com
Retired 2014, Vice-President & General Counsel, GE Oil & Gas
From 1981 to 1993, Ken Resnick was a partner and practiced civil and criminal law at Dinsmore & Shohl in Cincinnati. Between 1985 and 1989, he also served as Assistant Special Prosecutor for the State of Ohio, prosecuting criminal activity during Ohio’s S&L crisis. He also represented pro bono a Mississippi death row inmate before the U.S. Supreme Court http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-supreme-court/494/738.html. In 1993, Ken joined General Electric Company and in 2005 became Vice-President & General Counsel for GE Oil & Gas, a global business headquartered in Florence, Italy, that provided engineering & technology solutions for the oil & gas industry. Ken’s responsibilities included compliance and management of the business’ global legal affairs. From 1987-2005, he served as Adjunct Professor in the M.B.A. program at Xavier University in Cincinnati, teaching business ethics. He served on the Board of the Legal Aid Society in Cincinnati from 1989-2009, including as its president in 2004. Ken retired from GE in 2014 and is now the President of ATRQ Global LLC, a consulting firm specializing in global corporate compliance systems. Ken also serves as a director of a privately held US company.
Alessandro Ridolfi is a PhD Researcher and Assistant Professor of Machine Theory and Robotics with the School of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering (DIEF) at the University of Florence (UNIFI), Italy. In 2014 he received his PhD degree in Industrial Engineering from UNIFI. In 2010 he graduated in Mechanical Engineering at UNIFI. At the beginning of his PhD he worked on railway vehicle localization and wheel-rail adhesion modelling. His current research interests are underwater and industrial robotics, sensor-based navigation of vehicles, mechanical systems modelling, vehicle dynamics and bio-robotics. Alessandro Ridolfi worked as a Researcher and Assistant of the Coordinator within the FP7 European project ARROWS (ARchaeological RObot systems for the World’s Seas, 2012-2015), http://www.arrowsproject.eu. He is Principal Investigator for UNIFI in the framework of two European projects on Marine Robotics. He is co-author of more than 100 scientific papers for International journals and conferences on robotic and mechatronic topics, with particular focus on underwater robotics. Ridolfi currently teaches a course in “Dynamics” at Syracuse University Florence (spring semester only).
Luca Salvatori is assistant professor of Rehabilitation of Structures by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Florence. He is consultant for structural engineering and computational-software development and is the designer of the computer-code SMARTmasonry. His scientific interest focuses on the development and implementation of computational models. He developed numerical schemes for bridge aerodynamics, dynamics of quasicrystals, concrete cracking, liquid-solid phase-transitions, optimization of shell structures, multiscale models, masonry structures, seismic analysis, cold-formed steel, computational geometry and topology, mesh generation. He currently teaches a course in “Mechanics of Solids” at Syracuse University Florence (spring semester only).
Antonella Salvia completed a Master’s degree at the University ‘Ca Foscari in Venicem, Italy, in Pedagogy and Didactics for teaching Italian Language and Culture to Foreigners. Her thesis was entitled “From Television Talk Show to the Cinema: Four Didactic Proposals. The Audio-Visual in Teaching Italian to Foreign Students.” She completed the DITALS (Didattica dell’italiano a stranieri) certification in the methodology of teaching Italian as a second language granted at the University for Foreigners of Siena, Italy. Antonella has been teaching Italian language courses since 2000, when she moved to Belgium to teach at the University of Brussels. After returning to Italy in 2001, she began teaching American students and since then has taught in several study abroad programs in Florence. She has been teaching Italian language and culture at Syracuse University Florence since 2001.
PhD, Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento, Universita’ di Pisa, Pisa, Italy
Philosophy & Political Science
Debora Spini has published essays in English and Italian on democracy and globalization, human rights, and European identity. Her publications include La Società civile post nazionale, Meltemi ed., Roma, 2006, and Le parole del mondo globale (co-editor with Andrea Giuntini e Piero Meucci). Numerous essays and book chapters include: “Of Leviathan and other animals: Notes on European Identity,” in L. Leonardi, ed.; “Sociology of Europe,” Firenze University Press, 2008; “Lobbying for Values. La società civile e la governance europea,” in Imago Europae, Dec 2007; “European Civil Society, Identity and Legitimacy” in F. Cerutti, S.Lucarelli, eds.; “European Union: Identity and Legitimacy,” London: Routledge, 2008; “Fra Valori e Interessi: la società civile in un mondo post nazionale,” in Iride, anno 2008, n. 1. Her early research interests focused on the history of Protestant theology and early contractualist political thought. On these topics she published the monograph “Diritti di Dio, diritti dei popoli: Perre Jurieu e il problema della sovranita’ 1681-1691, Torino: Claudiana, 1997. Her more recent research focuses on political and social philosophy. At Syracuse Florence she teaches courses on European politics, citizenship and identity.
Stefania Talini is a professional photographer and professor of photography. Since 1980, her work has focused predominantly on the music and fashion industries. From 1985 to 2000, she was the official photographer for Florence’s Pitti Immagine. She has made record covers for companies such as RCA, EMI, Cramps, and Indies, has collaborated with the RAI Italian television network and has worked on stage installations and video clips. Her photographs have been published in leading national and international magazines, her independent projects have been exhibited internationally and her work is included in several public and private photographic collections. In 2003, Talini co-authored Foto Parlanti (Bonacci Ed.), a photographic collaboration with American students on Italian culture. Her personal research in photography concerns the uses of diverse techniques and supports in black & white, Polaroid and digital photography. In addition to Syracuse University in Florence, Talini’s teaching experience has included courses and workshops for the American Institute for Foreign Studies, Blith & Co., Nasson College and several private schools in Florence. Her intense didactic activity concentrates primarily on the expressive and cultural contents of photography together with an accurate technical preparation. Since 1989 Talini has been teaching photography at SU Florence, where she was also coordinator of the art department from 2006 to 2009.
Laurea in Foreign Languages and Literature, Universita’ di Pisa, Pisa, Italy
Italian Language & Culture
Loredana Tarini has been coordinator of the Italian Language & Culture Department at Syracuse University in Florence since 1994 where she also teaches courses in Italian language and culture. She has been the recipient of the National Certification in the Methodology of Teaching English as a Second Language and has been Visiting Professor at Syracuse University, New York. In addition to a career in teaching and department administration, Tarini has co-authored several language and culture books, such as: Dimmi!, an Italian language textbook for beginners (Guerra Edizioni, 1999); Nuovo Dimmi…, an Italian language textbook for A1/A2 level language students (Guerra Edizioni, 2008); Praticamente Dimmi, a workbook with grammar notes for beginners for the acquisition of Italian language skills through functional and communicative activities (Guerra Edizioni, 2009); and Praticamente Dimmi: Grammar Notes and Glossary (Guerra Edizioni, 2009). Tarini’s research interests include cross-cultural studies as well as the integration and incorporation of Italian life and culture into the process of language acquisition.
Laurea in Modern Languages and Literature, Universita’ di Firenze, Florence, Italy
Italian Language & Culture
Vittoria Tettamanti is author of “Margherita va in pensione e… inizia una nuova missione” (2011) and is co-author of “Foto Parlanti” (Bonacci, 2003) and “Parliamo con la pubblicità” (Soleil, 2004). She has been teaching Italian language and culture from beginner’s to advanced levels since 1986. She is faculty supervisor for Syracuse Florence internships with local elementary schools and has been coordinator of the Syracuse Florence Volunteer program. Her research interests lie in developing innovative audiovisual materials for teaching Italian as a second language
MA, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
History of Art & Architecture
Jane Zaloga is a Fulbright Fellow and teaches art and architectural history courses for Syracuse University Florence.