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Italian-American Lectures Return this Spring

by Madison Mento ’21

The Hofstra Cultural Center has announced the spring 2019 schedule for its popular Italian-American Experience Lecture Series. Events in the series are free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. All lectures take place in the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, First Floor, Axinn Library, South Campus. For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m. Italian Literature in the United States

Speaker: Dr. Anthony J. Tamburri

Dr. Anthony J. Tamburri, dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College, will examine five US authors who write poetry and prose in Italian. Tamburri will also explore key questions derived from the Italian-American experience including, “where does ‘Italian’ end and ‘Italian-American’ begin?” “What are the issues raised by language?” and “What relationship exists between literature in Italian written in Italy and literature in Italian written elsewhere?”


Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m. Angels in the Flesh

Speaker: Lynne Lawner

Lynne Lawner, independent scholar, author, and editor of Antonio Gramsci’s Letters from Prison, will present a discussion exploring “the splendors and miseries” of Renaissance Italian courtesans, major figures in the cultural and social life of the era in Rome and Venice. Though they served as muses and models for great writers and artists of the time, they were also noted for their own poetry, musical talent, and conversation.


Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m. Delirious Naples

Speakers: Dr. Stanislao Pugliese and Massimiliano Verde

Dr. Stanislao Pugliese, Hofstra Professor of History and the Queensboro Unico Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies, closes out the series this semester with a discussion of his new book, Delirious Naples: A Cultural History of the City of the Sun,based on the 2011 Hofstra Cultural Center conference. The book, edited with Dr. Pellegrino D’Acierno, professor emeritus of Comparative Literature, Languages and Linguistics, boasts two dozen essays by leading scholars, writers, and artists. The lecture includes images of Naples and a discussion focusing on the renaissance of the city and its relationship with New York City. The lecture will also feature special guest speaker, Massimiliano Verde, President of Accademia Napoletana, who will discuss international promotion and teaching the Neapolitan language and cultural heritage.


Hofstra University gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Long Island Regional Chapter of the Italian American Studies Association and the Association of Italian American Educator, Cav. Josephine Maietta, president.

For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

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