Themed Semester

Italy Themed Semester Speakers

Alessandro BrogiAlessandro Brogi:

Alessandro Brogi received two Ph.D.s (from Ohio University in 1998 and from the University of Florence in 1993), and is now a professor of history at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. His principal area of research is U.S. strategic and cultural relations with Western Europe during the Cold War. Brogi authored three books and several articles in prime journals: his first book, titled L‘Italia e l‘egemonia americana nel Mediterraneo (Italy and American Hegemony in the Mediterranean) was a finalist for the Acqui Storia national award (Italy’s most renowned academic prize), and a finalist for the OAH foreign book prize. His second book, titled A Question of Self-Esteem: The United States and the Cold War Choices in France and Italy, 1944-1958, illustrates how considerations of rank or prestige informed many of France’s and Italy’s international actions as well as the United States’ handling of the two allies. Dr. Brogi’s latest book, analyzing Communist power in France and Italy and U.S. reactions to it, is titled Confronting America: The Cold War between the United States and the Communists in France and Italy. The book won the Charles Smith award by the Southern Historical Association.

Dr. Brogi was at Yale as a lecturer and John Olin Fellow in international security studies in 1999-2002. At the University of Arkansas since 2002, he also held a position as visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center, Italy. His awards include a resident research fellowship by the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo (Spring 2007) and a George Marshall/Baruch scholarship (2003-04).

Presentations:


Italy as a Nation State, from the Risorgimento to World War II


10:00 a.m., Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Italy: A Difficult Democracy? (1945-Present)


12:00 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Inside and Outside Cinecittà: Italian Film-Making and its Global Influence

11:00 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

The Foreign Policy of a Middle Power: Italy, NATO, and the EU since 1945

1:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
Anderson Public Safety Center auditorium
Admission: free

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John Battitori John Battitori

Dr. John Battitori was born in West Mineral, Kansas, to first-generation Americans whose parents immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s from the Trento region of northern Italy. This area is also referred to as “The Tyrol.” These Tyrolean immigrants were fiercely independent mountain people who wanted a better life for their children. Both of Dr. Battitori’s grandfathers went to work in the deep-shaft coal mines of southeast Kansas. One was severely injured in a cave-in but survived; the other was killed in a rock fall in the Stone City Mine near West Mineral. Dr. Battitori’s father went to work in the deep-shaft coal mines at the age of 12.

Dr. Battitori received a B.A. from Wichita State University, an M.S. from Fort Hays State University, an Ed.S. from Pittsburg State University, and an Ed.D. from Oklahoma State University. He was superintendent of schools in Coffeyville, Kansas, from 1984-88, and in Girard, Kansas, from 1988-2000, where he still resides.

Presentations:

Experiencing Cultural Diversity in a Small Southeast Kansas Community

1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

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The Rev. J. Friedel The Rev. J. Friedel 

A native of Florissant, Missouri, the Rev. J. Friedel, M.A., M. Div., was ordained a priest for service in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau in December 1986. He served as associate pastor at two parishes in Springfield prior to becoming pastor of a large mission territory (three parishes, roughly three counties, 4,000 square miles) in the Piedmont/Van Buren/Williamsville region of the state. In 1993, he was appointed director of Catholic Campus Ministry at Southeast Missouri State University, where he served for 13 years. In 1997, Fr. J. added classroom time to his duties at the university, teaching part-time in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Religion. 

In the summer of 2006, Fr. J. was named director of vocations and seminarians for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau and was assigned as pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Joplin. He also continues to serve as the diocesan director of campus ministry for his diocese, since as part of his duties as a pastor Fr. J. has become the director of the parish-based Catholic Campus Ministry at MSSU.

Presentations:

The Road to the Papacy

11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

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Fabio Geda Fabio Geda

Born in Turin, Italy in 1972, Fabio Geda is an Italian novelist who used to work with children under duress before devoting himself to storytelling. His first novel, Per il resto del viaggio ho sparato agli indiani, published in 2007, was shortlisted for the prestigious Premio Strega prize. His non-fiction novel, In the sea there are crocodiles, based on the true story of Enaiatollah Akbari, has been translated in more than 30 countries. He collaborates with several Italian magazines and newspapers, and teaches creative writing at the Italian school of storytelling, Scuola Holden.

Presentations:

From Reality to Novel: The Making of In the Sea There Are Crocodiles

9:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

No Country for Superheroes: A Short History of Comics in Italy

7:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

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James V. Johnston, Jr.The Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Jr.

The Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Jr. has served as bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau since 2008. In 1985, he left his occupation as an engineer to pursue a call to the priesthood. He obtained his Master of Divinity degree from St. Meinrad College and School of Theology and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee on June 9, 1990, at Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville, his home parish. He obtained a Licentiate in Canon Law in 1996 from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Bishop Johnston has had the privilege to visit the Vatican on several occasions. He met Pope John Paul II when he visited Rome as a seminarian and again as a priest in 1996. Then, as a new bishop in September 2008, he met with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. His most recent visit to the Vatican was in March 2012 for his Ad Limina Apostolorum visit. The Ad Limina Apostolorum visit, which translates “to the threshold of the apostles,” is a requirement for every bishop from around the world to go to the Vatican for meetings with the various dicasteries of the Holy See as well as the Pope. Not only are these visits a time for bishops to meet personally with the Holy Father and update him on the affairs of his diocese, it is also a time of pilgrimage to the tombs of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Bishop Johnston anticipates his next Ad Limina visit in 2017 when he will have the opportunity to meet with Pope Francis.

Presentations:

Inside the Vatican

10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

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Cody Hogan

Cody Hogan:

Cody Hogan, chef de cuisine of Lidia’s Kansas City, began working with Lidia Bastianich in 1998, opening her Kansas City restaurant as pastry chef. He also has the enviable position of being Bastianich’s traveling assistant, food stylist, and the studio chef for her Emmy-winning television program in which he occasionally appears on camera. Chef Hogan has been extremely active in promoting great local farms and products in our area, an early champion of high quality foods produced right in our own Midwestern backyard. Education about food, one of our most basic and potentially pleasurable needs, has been one of his primary goals. Hogan has taught for the past 13 years at the Culinary Center of Kansas City.

Presentations:


Stirring It Up − Italian Style

11:00 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

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William Kumbier William Kumbier

Read more about Dr. William Kumbier's biographical information.

Presentations:

Rooms with a View: Two Italian Journeys

1:00 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

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Jim Lile Jim Lile

Read more about Jim Lile's biographical information.

Presentations:

The Italian Comedy

9:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Pagliacci: An Introduction

11:00 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

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Mindy Lindeman Mindy Lindeman:

Mindy Lindeman owns and operates Olive Tree Fine Oils and Vinegars in Overland Park, Kansas. Olive Tree is a specialty olive oil and balsamic vinegar boutique that carries extra virgin and infused oils and naturally flavored balsamic vinegars as well as a large selection of smoked and flavored sea salts. The store currently stocks more than 30 olive oils and more than 30 balsamic vinegars. Its products come from all over the world and are of the utmost quality.

Presentations:

Pressed for Time: Olive Oil 101

9:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

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Rose MayRose May

Rose May is head of interpretation at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. She visited Italy for the first time as a teenager with her parents, brother, and her Italian-American grandmother and was captivated by the art, architecture, people, and language of the country. This experience has led to a lifelong fascination with the country’s unique history and culture. Dr. May has since traveled to Italy many times to study the art and architecture of Tuscany and Rome, earning an M.A. from the University of Illinois and Ph.D. from Temple University − both with a specialization in the Italian Renaissance. Her research focuses on the art and architectural projects of the Spanish in Rome, which was one of the largest and most powerful expatriate communities in the city during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Presentations:

Locating Renaissance Art

10:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 13, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Medieval Backwater to Caput Mundi: The Transformation of Rome in the 16th and 17th Centuries

1:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

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Nicholas P. NicolettiNicholas P. Nicoletti

Nicholas P. Nicoletti is an assistant professor of political science at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU). He received a Ph.D. in political science from the University at Buffalo, SUNY and a master’s of international studies and an M.B.A. from St. John Fisher College. His research interests focus on the relationship between domestic political processes and international relations. He is also the organizer of the international conference, The European Union and World Politics: The EU, Its Member States, and International Interactions and the editor of a self-published volume of the same name.

Presentations:

Barriers to Italian Economic Growth: Debt, Bureaucracy, and the Black Market

9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
Admission: free

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Nanette Philibert Nanette Philibert

Dr. Nanette Philibert, SPHR, GPHR specializes in Human Resource Management and Training and Development.  Dr. Philibert began her instructional career at the University of North Texas.  Prior to teaching, Dr. Philibert worked as a Director of Human Resources and also has extensive background in military training and development. Her current research interests include performance improvement, leadership, and human resource development.  Dr. Philibert has been recognized by MSSU’s School of Business for the Scholarship Performance Award (2007, 2008) and the Service Award (2009 and 2010).

She teaches courses in Organizational Behavior, Fundamentals of Organizational Management, Human Resource Management, Compensation and Benefits and Employee Training and Development.

Degrees she has earned include: PhD,  Applied Technology & Performance Improvement, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 2005; Master of Education, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, 1995; and Bachelor of Science in Comparative Studies-University of the State of New York, Albany, New York 1991.

Presentations:

 Rooms with a View: Two Italian Journeys

1:00 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

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Vincenza ScarpaciVincenza Scarpaci

Italian American author and historian Vincenza Scarpaci was born in Brooklyn into a lively Sicilian family and enjoyed the usual flavor of a neighborhood where the butcher sliced veal into cutlets that were translucent, the shoemaker salvaged worn shoes, and the baker made braided Sicilian bread resplendent with sesame seeds. After majoring in history at Hofstra University, she discovered in graduate school at Rutgers University that immigration history was a legitimate area of research. With the help of Rudolph Vecoli, a pioneer in the field of Italian American studies, she learned how her family and other immigrants fit into the larger pattern of immigration and gained an appreciation of how each ethnic group met the challenges of becoming American according to their transported culture and values.

Dr. Scarpaci went on to earn a Ph.D. at Rutgers and then taught at Towson State University in Baltimore from 1968-80. She recorded the history of Baltimore’s Little Italy and then after moving to San Francisco discovered an Italian community dominated by northern Italians, and where she co-authored (with A. Baccari and G. Zavattoro) SS Peter and Paul Church 1884-1984: The Chronicles of the Italian Cathedral of the West. She also taught U.S. immigration history at Sonoma State University. Dr. Scarpaci now lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she is intrigued by the phenomenon of how the descendants of Italian immigrants retain a strong identity with their heritage although they live in communities where they constitute a small portion of the population. Currently she is researching the story of the Italian immigrants in Walla Walla, Washington.

Dr. Scarpaci has written three other books: The Journey of the Italians in America (Pelican Publishing, 2008); A Portrait of Italians in America (Scribners, 1982); and Italian Immigrants in Louisiana’s Sugar Parishes: Recruitment, Labor Conditions and Community Relations, 1880-1910 (Arno Press, New York Times, 1980) and published articles on Sacco/Vanzetti, Italians on the land, and Italians in the labor/working class. She was a founding member of the American Italian Historical Association.

Resources:
Roads Less Traveled References
Sacco and Vanzetti Bibliography

Presentations:

Gockel International Symposium

Roads Less Traveled: Italian Immigrants in America
9:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free

Gockel International Symposium

American Injustice: The Legacy of Sacco and Vanzetti
1:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
Anderson Public Safety Center auditorium
Admission: free

Gockel International Symposium

American Injustice: The Legacy of Sacco and Vanzetti
2:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
Anderson Auditorium in Anderson Public Safety Center
Admission: free

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Jeff SchrammJeff Schramm

Dr. Jeff Schramm is an associate professor in the history and political science department at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. An Illinois native, he is an alumnus of Missouri S&T, having received a B.A. in history in 1992. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1995 and 2003. He teaches courses in the history of technology, architecture, and science. He has been recognized for his exceptional teaching with several teaching awards. Primarily a historian of industrial technology, his scholarly research to date has been on technological change and the 20th century railroad industry. His book, Out of Steam: Dieselization and American Railroads, 1920-1960, was published in 2010. His current major research project is a history of the scientific and technological research activities of the United States Bureau of Mines. Dr. Schramm is the special assistant to the provost for eLearning and the S&T UM Faculty Scholars coordinator. He is the Region 8 Coordinator for National History Day in Missouri and is an advisor for several student organizations including Kappa Kappa Psi and KMNR 89.7 FM, the student radio station. Occasionally he even takes over the airways as a DJ.

Presentations:

The Grandeur of the Aqueduct; Roman Technology & Engineering

9:00 a.m., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Italian Science and Technology from Galileo to Ferrari

11:00 a.m., Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

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Monica SegerMonica Seger

Monica Seger is an assistant professor of Italian in the department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma. She serves as affiliate faculty in the department of Film and Media Studies, as well as that of International and Area Studies. She is also a contributing editor at World Literature Today. Dr. Seger holds an M.A. and Ph.D. (2010) in Italian from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her B.A. (2002) in Modern Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her research interests include 20th and 21st century Italian literature and cinema, ecocriticism, and gender studies. She has published articles on writers Simona Vinci, Silvia Ballestra and Aldo Nove, and filmmakers Daniele Ciprì and Franco Maresco. She is currently at work on a book project examining post-industrial landscape representation in modern and contemporary Italian film and literature. Dr. Seger has spent extensive time in Italy over the years, most recently teaching a summer course in the Tuscan town of Arezzo on place and literature.

Presentations:

Mafia Culture: History and Representation in Italy and Beyond

9:00 a.m., Monday, Sept. 9, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Italian Film from Cabiria to Caeser Must Die

11:00 a.m., Monday, Sept. 9, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Neorealism: Material Conditions, Ideological Motivations and Lasting Effects

12:00 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, 2013
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

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