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.
Executive-level experience with international companies in market research and advertising. Member of the ICF (International Coach Federation) and of the ICF Italian Chapter organizing committee. Author of numerous training manuals and check-up analyses. 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 the Chief Painting Conservator at the Laboratory of the Fortezza da Basso of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence where he has been working since 1969, following his diploma from the Istituto d’Arte in Florence. He is specialized in easel painting restoration of works on canvas and panel, has carried out many major restoration projects on works by artists including Michelangelo (Doni Tondo), Botticelli, Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo and Bronzino, and has been coordinator of various research projects into new methods and materials for conservation. His numerous presentations and lectures at international conferences range from those at the Fondazione Longhi and Villa I Tatti in Florence to the Courtauld Institute and the National Gallery in London, as well as many others in Italy and elsewhere. His research and conservation projects have been published in many catalogues, scientific journals, such as Studies in Conservation, and in technical bulletins, such asOPD Restauro and the National Gallery’s 30th Anniversary 2011 edition Studying Old Master Paintings.
His teaching activities include courses in painting techniques at Syracuse Florence since 1988 and easel painting restoration at the national school of specialization of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure since 1978. In addition he has taught numerous seminars and courses on conservation in private institutions in Italy and abroad.
Buzzegoli’s artistic activity has centered on multimaterial objects, especially those based on recovered traditional materials (canvas, plaster, metal leaf, etc.) and digital elaborations of drawn and painted objects. He has exhibited his works on various occasions, including a personal at Ken’s Gallery in Florence in 1995 and the collective show of works by Syracuse Professors of Visual Arts held at the American Consulate in 1999. His works are to 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.
She 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.
Olivier de Maret is a social and cultural historian of modern Europe specialized in Food Studies. His current research interests cover food systems, Italian foodways, food and migration history, and the relationship between food and identity. He recently published his doctorate entitled Of Migrants and Meanings. Italians and Their Food Businesses in Brussels, 1876-1914 (Peter Lang, 2016) and a chapter on Italian food and migrants in Brussels prior to World War I in an edited volume on new research trends in Italian migration to Belgium (Ed. Anne Morelli, Couleur Livres, 2016). His previous publications include a study of the relation between the social constructs of taste and home (“Tastes of Homes: Exploring Food and Place in Twentieth-Century Europe,” with Anneke Geyzen, 2015) and an analysis of the preliminary results of his doctoral research (“More Than Just Getting By: Italian Food Businesses in Brussels at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” 2013), both published in the journal Food & Foodways. Following the organization of an international symposium he co-edited the proceedings, which were published as a special issue of that same journal (Tastes of Homes, 2015). He has also taken part in conferences and workshops in Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States and is a member of the research group FOST (Social & Cultural Food Studies) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Laurea in Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, Universita’ di Firenze, Florence, Italy
Italian Language & Literature
Extensive experience in the area of teaching Italian language to non-native speakers. She has been teaching at Syracuse University in Florence since 2002, where she is now full-time faculty and has taught all course levels from beginning to advanced. She has taught Italian for several study abroad programs including New York University, the British Institute, Richmond College, and CEA Study Abroad Program. Language teaching experience also includes numerous collaborations with Folkeligt Oplysnings Forbund (FOF, Cultural Institution for Adult Education) in Aarhus, Denmark as a guest teacher of Italian language and culture. In addition, she has worked as a linguistic support teacher for non-Italophone students in local elementary and middle schools.
Graduated with a degree in Modern Foreign Languages and Letters from the University of Florence (Italy), with an emphasis on German language and literature. Thesis was titled “The Jews in Berlin 1933-1939: Aspects of the Jewish Reaction to Nazi Persecution.” She completed a DITALS Certificate to teach Italian as a foreign language, granted by the University for Foreigners in Siena (Italy). Educational background also includes an exchange scholarship with the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German academic exchange service), through which she attended the University of Potsdam for one term; a Certificate in German language granted by the International Certificate Conference and Goethe Institut of Bonn; and several specialization courses in linguistic pedagogy.
She also has translated academic essays from German to Italian for the Giunti publishing house in Florence. Luisa incorporates one of her primary areas of interest, the history of Italian song, into her didactic methods and periodically leads conferences on this topic.
Laurea in Early Modern History from the University of Florence. Author of the books 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, published by Syracuse University in Florence in the Villa Rossa Series in 2007.
Organized, with Dinora Corsi (University of Florence) the international conference “Thou Shalt not Suffer a Witch to Live. Witches in Treatises and Trials (XIV-XVII centuries)”, held at Syracuse University in Florence and at the University of Florence (Oct. 20-21, 2006). Co-edited the proceedings, which were published as Non lasciar vivere la malefica.Le streghe nei trattati e nei processi (secc. XIV-XVII) by Firenze University Press in 2008.
Co-edited (with Mario Biagioni and Lucia Felici) the volume Fratelli d’Italia. Riformatori italiani del Cinquecento (Torino, Claudiana, 2011).
Other publications include articles in scholarly journals such as Italian History and Culture, Archivio Storico Italiano, and the Mélanges de l’École française de Rome, for major 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), as well as for collective volumes such as Per il Cinquecento religioso in Italia (2003); I Vincoli della natura: magia e stregoneria nel Rinascimento (2012).
Has been awarded grants from the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the École Française de Rome, the University of Florence, and from Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti.
He is part of the editorial committee of the series “Studi e testi per la storia religiosa del Cinquecento” published by L. S. Olsckhi.
Teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Italian Renaissance history and the history of witchcraft. Prof. Duni is currently working on a survey book of witchcraft and witch-hunting in Italy from the Middle Ages to the Eighteen century.
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). Teaches Etruscan and Roman Art & Archaeology and Classical Mythology at SU 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. In 1990 he received a scholarship to study at the California College of Arts, where he earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1993.
Over the past two decades Fallani has participated in numerous shows in painting and sculpture, winning awards such as the Premio della Pittura from the city of Lucca. Fallani has also 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 the plaster casts of the Gugliemo pulpit for the Cathedral Works Museum of Pisa.
His private works include commissions for a bronze portrait bust for a German government official, a series of paintings for Ron Dennis, and a large-scale painting entitled The Citation of the Mona Lisa for the Gherardini Company. In 2005, he was commissioned by Syracuse University in Florence to sculpt a life-size sculpture in terracotta, The Huntress, for the campus’ main garden. In 2006, he designed the set for the Syracuse University – Maggio Musicale Fiorentino co-production of the operatic version of Maurice Sendak’s book Where the Wild Things Are. His paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in Italy, the U.S. and the Netherlands.
Since 1993 Fallani has been teaching drawing, painting and sculpture at Syracuse University in Florence, where he was coordinator of the art department from 1996 to 2006.
‘Magister Artium’ in Philosophy, Sociology and Art History from the RWTH Aachen University in Germany.
Peter Fischer is the newly appointed Consultant for the Development of Sustainable Projects at SUF. 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); ‘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; in addition to numerous articles on Italian Food Culture.
Preferred quote: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” (Albert Einstein)
M.A. in English Literature, Drew University (Madison, N.J.), and Laurea in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Florence. Author of several publications on 20th-century Italian and American authors. Articles on translation, travel literature, and comparative poetry have appeared in various academic journals.
Recent publications include essays on the relationship between visual arts and poetry, American poetry, travel writing in Italy, the works of Mina Loy, and the sonnet in contemporary and African-American poetry.
Francini’s many published translations from contemporary American poetry include the volumes: Crepuscolo americano e altre poesieand Breve storia dell’ombra, two anthologies of Charles Wright ‘s work (JacaBook, 2001 and Crocetti Editore, 2006); Per guida la luna: poesie e elegie d’amore di Mina Loy (Le Lettere, 2003);Il ritmo delle emozioni, and Totem, anthologies of Yusef Komunyakaa’s poetry (Liberodiscrivere, 2004 and Le Lettere, 2006).
She has edited Antologia della Poesia Americana(Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso, 2004), and co-edited and contributed to Lezioni di poesia (Le Lettere, 2000) and Rewriting Dante (2007), proceedings of a conference on Dante’s poetry in contemporary culture.
At SUF Francini is Professor of Literature and coordinates the Option II and III Programs; she is a Faculty Associate of SU (N.Y.). Teaches 20th-century and comparative literature courses with an emphasis on intercultural and interdisciplinary issues.
Her research interests are poetry, translation, travel literature, the relationship between visual arts and poetry, comparative studies, and the representation of identity in literature.
Laurea in Philosophy, Universita’ di Firenze, Florence, Italy
Italian Language & Culture
Extensive experience teaching Italian to foreigners. Teaches Italian language and culture courses of all levels at SU 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 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 who has worked since 1977 in the field of restoration mainly within the state institutions of 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. Her graduate work was followed by an internship as a Fulbright Fellow in the Florence conservation facilities. Her work has involved the restoration of numerous paintings on panel and canvas including works from the major museums and churches in and around Florence by artists such as Bronzino, Fra’ Bartolomeo and Pontormo. Her special interests involve research into innovative methods of technical and scientific investigation for the treatment and documentation of the artworks entrusted to her care, 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 has been teaching graduate courses on the History of Conservation for the Syracuse University Masters of Fine Arts Florence program and undergraduate courses on Renaissance Painting Techniques also at Syracuse University in Florence. Since 2002 she has been teaching easel painting conservation and the history of painting techniques at theOpificio delle Pietre Dure School of Specialization.
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.
Recipient of numerous awards, including Architectural History Foundation, Kress and Fulbright Foundation grants. Former positions include Director of Syracuse University in Florence, Director of University of Miami School of Architecture Rome Program, and lecturer at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.Professional experience includes work at architectural firms in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Miami, including Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk.
Publications include Prato: Architecture, Piety, and Political Identity in a Tuscan City–State, published in 2008 by Yale University Press,and a series of articles on Italian Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture and urban design for the German publishinghouse Könemann Verlag. Alick Macdonnel McLean teaches theMediterranean City, Artistic Patronage of the Medici, Italian Hill Towns, and the Greek Odyssey for Syracuse University in Florence.
Kyle Miller is Architecture Program Director at Syracuse University in 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.
A specialist in 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 (2004), Leonardo da Vinci (2007), and Plautilla Nelli (2008, 2000), and exhibition catalogues on Robert Mapplethorpe (2009), Botticelli and Filippino (2004), and Venus and Cupid. Michelangelo and the New Ideal of Beauty (2002). Prof. Nelson has been teaching art history for Syracuse University in Florence since 1994, and offers both undergraduate and graduate courses.
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
Member of the Syracuse University in Florence Faculty since 1998.
Grants, Awards, and Fellowships include Fulbright Full Grant, Jacob Javits Fellowship,Villa I Tatti Fellowship, Distinguished Teaching Awards from Purchase College SUNY and New York University.
Publications and translations include Sin and Fear: the Emergence of a Western Guilt Culture(translator, St. Martin’s Press, 1990), articles in A History of Women in the West (Harvard Univ. Press, 1993), Place and Displacement in the Renaissance (SUNY, 1995), Renaissance Transactions (Duke Univ. Press, 1999), Italian Language and Culture (2002), Transnational Exchange in Early Modern Theater (co-editor, with Robert Henke, Ashgate Press, 2008).
Actor, Director, and Producer of theatrical productions at Syracuse University in Florence, inlcuding Much Ado About Nothing (2000); Dante Commediante (2002); The Eunuch (2003); Scapino il furbissimo (2004); Shakespeare’s Tempesta (2004); Cervantes’ Most Wonderful Show on Earth (2005); The Illusione/l’Illusione(2006); The Trendyssime (2007); The Mandragola (2008); Come You Like It (2011); Marcovaldo (2012).
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 Theatre 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-90s. First at Colorado College then at International Education for Students in Rome and then Monash University. Since 2011 she is the Director of Syracuse University in 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.
Ph D in Italian History, Royal Holloway, University of London; M.A. in Italian Studies, UCL, London. Postgraduate studies in Modern and Contemporary Italy and in Problems and Methods of Historical Research, Universita’ di Firenze. Laurea in Political Science, Universita’ di Firenze.
Research grants from Central Research Fund, University of London. Publications include: Focus on the Family: Germi’s Cinema as a Map of a Country in Transition (forthcoming); and Il Sud di Rossellini (forthcoming).
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.
Pistolozzi 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 in 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.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Florence, 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 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, at the University of Florence, Italy. His primary research interests include vehicle dynamics, mechanical systems modelling, robotics, and underwater robotics. He 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 has been teaching Italian language since 2000 when she moved to Belgium to teach at the University of Brussels. After returning to Italy she began teaching American students in 2001 and since then has taught in several study abroad programs in Florence. She has been teaching Italian language and culture at Syracuse University since 2001.
She completed a Master’s degree at the University ‘Ca Foscari in Venice (Italy) in Pedagogy and Didactics for teaching Italian Language and Culture to Foreigners, with a thesis titled “From Television Talk Show to the Cinema: Four Didactic Proposals. The Audio-Visual in Teaching Italian to Foreign Students.” She also completed DITALS (Didattica dell’italiano a stranieri) certification in the methodology of teaching Italian as a second language granted by University for Foreigners of Siena, Italy.
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. 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.
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.
More recent research focuses on political and social philosophy:
- Civil society in a globalised world. Her book takes into consideration the genealogy of the category of civil society, from its emergence in early contractualist political theory to its XVIII century conceptualization by authors such as Smith and Ferguson. The essay reconstructs how the category of civil society will later become central in the thought of G.F.W. Hegel, and how its Hegelian definition will later be questioned and radically transformed by more contemporaries definitions. This essay maintains Habermas’s theory as one of its central points of reference, and examines the current literature on global civil society. The goal of this research is to challenge and question some of the received assumption about the birth of a global civil society. In the background, remains a constant interest in the future of democracy in the era of globalization.
- Democratic legitimacy, European identity. Is involved in the network of excellence “Garnet”, funded by the 6th Framework Program of the European University. Is researching the relationship between the construction of a European identity and democratic legitimacy for the European Union.
- Religion, Politics and Public Space. In recent months, Spini has been researching and publishing on issues related to the transformation of the Public Space, and on the relationship between religion and politics in the Age of Second Modernity. Her article on Politica, Religion y Espacio Publico will soon appear on the Spanish Journal “Claves de Razon Practica”.
Kirsten Stromberg was born in San Francisco, USA and currently lives in Italy teaching art at Syracuse University Florence. Her work investigates issues of representation and perception through various media from sound to video to collage, installation and painting.
Stromberg graduated a Senior Fellow from Dartmouth College in 1995 focusing on experimental music, sound sculpture, sound installation and painting. In 2005 she completed her MFA in Arts and Consciousness Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA with her thesis ‘Negotiating Desire’ exploring the intersections between poststructuralist feminism and buddhist concepts of non-duality in contemporary art practice. She has lectured and taught at several universities and art institutes throughout Italy including Washington University in St Louis-Florence Campus, Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences, Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute of Art in Florence and Florence University in the Arts. Her work has been shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Florence, London, Copenhagen and Berlin.
Teaches painting (all levels) and mixed media at Syracuse University Florence.
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 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 SUF internships with local elementary schools and is coordinator of the SU Florence Volunteer program.
Developing innovative audiovisual materials for teaching Italian as a second language