Pelligrino D’Acierno, professor of Comparative Literature and Languages, known at Hofstra for his warm, larger-than-life personality, superb teaching, and prolific record of scholarly publication, is taking center stage this spring after more than three decades of teaching at the University. The Fat Man Arpeggios, a poetry reading, art exhibition, and open dialogue by Dr. D’Acierno and artist Lucio Pozzi takes place on Thursday, April 7, 2016, 6 p.m. at the Hofstra University Club, North Campus.
To attend The Fat Man Arpeggios, RSVP by Monday, April 4, by email to the Hofstra Cultural Center or for more information call 516-463-5669.
In his 2015 book The Fat Man Arpeggios (Guernica Editions), Dr. D’Acierno presents a ludic portrait of the Fat Man – a metaphysical dandy and “foolosopher” – who voices, through the lightness of arpeggios, his existential and amorous dilemmas. Pozzi, one of Italy’s leading contemporary artists, illustrated the book with 36 black and white drawing that interact with D’Acierno’s poems in all sorts of wild ways. In this event at Hofstra these two great talents discuss the collaboration between poet and visual artist within the pages of The Fat Man Arpeggios. A question and answer session will follow their presentation.
The 2016-2017 academic year will be Dr. D’Acierno’s last teaching at Hofstra. He was installed as the first distinguished UNICO Professor in Italian and Italian American Studies at Hofstra University in 2008. He founded Hofstra’s Italian Studies program and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Italian Studies and Comparative Literature, in Comparative Arts and Culture and for Hofstra University Honors College. He has also held visiting professorships in various fields at Cornell and New York Universities and in the graduate schools of architecture at Yale and Rice and at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University; Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies; the Fulbright Program; and a Prix de Rome in Post-Classical Humanistic Studies from the American Academy in Rome.