Arts & Sciences
Italian Language & Culture
Arts & Sciences
Laurea in Economics, Università di Firenze
Lorenzo Benini is a Florentine entrepreneur who has run his own company, Kostelia srl, since 2005. The company is a leader in the fourth party logistics sector with many sister companies in different sectors of the economy (e.g. boat chartering, agriculture, and trading). After specializing in marketing at university, he worked from 1987 to 2004 in managerial roles within prestigious companies like SAMEC spa (Unilever Group), DECORLINE spa, and ALPI SERVIZIO MODA srl (Albini & Pitigliani Group). Most of his career has been spent in logistics and supply chain management. He has taught Industrial Technique and Supply Chain Management and Logistics at the University of Florence from 2004 to 2011, and Managing Global Supply Chains at CAPA Florence since 2015. Benini is the founder and operations manager of Purpose Trust Sostratos, which finances archaeological excavation, research, and restoration.
PhD in Art History, Harvard University
A specialist in the cultural history of Renaissance Mantua and the network of princely courts in early modern Italy, Molly 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). 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. In addition to teaching classes for both graduates and undergraduates at Syracuse Florence, Bourne also coordinates the graduate program in Italian Renaissance art history.
PhD in Italian Studies, Columbia University
Laurea in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Florence, MA in Italian Studies from the University of Washington (Seattle). Valentina Nocentini has extensive experience teaching Italian Language, Culture and Literature to American college students both in the United States and in Italy. She has taught at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester (MA), at the University of Washington in Seattle, and at Columbia University in New York City. In 2013, when she returned to Italy, she started working in US study abroad programs and she currently teaches upper-division classes for the Italian department at Pepperdine University and Italian Modern History and Contemporary Society at CEA Florence. At Syracuse University she teaches classes of Italian language and the survey of Italian Modern Literature (ITA 421). She specializes in Italian Colonial History and Literature and Migrant Studies.