Invited Talks

2020                “Luigi Bernardi: L’Isola Trovata e Orient Express.Luigi Bernardi e l’immaginario pop roundtable – University of Bologna (17 January).            


Conference Activity


Panels organized and chaired

2019                “Authors, readers and genres: production dynamics in Italian comics.” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference–Washington, DC (21-24 March).

2018                “Il fumetto italiano e la modernità: modalità narrative, sperimentazioni stilistiche e standardizzazioni culturali.” American Association for Italian Studies Conference– Sorrento, Italy (14-17 June).


Papers presented

2020                “The Italian comics industry: notes on the production of graphic novels and serial comic books.” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference– Boston, MA (5-8 March).

2020                “Leafing through the pages: the materiality of comic strips, comic books and comics magazines” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference– Boston, MA (5-8 March).

2020                “Italian comics readers and letter writers: a case study”. Panels on Panels Conference – Bloomington, IN (14 February).

2019                “Question of Formats in Italian comics: The Case of Magnus.” The International Comic Arts Forum – Davenport, IA (4-6 April).

2019                “Letters to the Editor: Epistolary and Participatory Culture in Italian Auteur Comics Magazines.” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference – Washington, DC (21-24 March).

2019                “‘Gino e l’Alfetta:’ discussing homosexuality through Daniele Silvestri’s music video.” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference– Washington, DC (21-24 March).

2018                “How to Create an Original E-book to Foster Intercultural Competencies.” (co-presentation) American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention – New Orleans, LA (16-18 November).

2018                “Engaging students into active learning in hybrid and online environment.” (co-presentation) American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention – New Orleans, LA (16-18 November).

2018                “L’era delle riviste: la maturità del fumetto tra innovazione e ripetizione.” American Association for Italian Studies Conference– Sorrento, Italy (14-17 June).

2018                “Simultaneity and visual freedom in Sergio Toppi’s adaptation of the Arabian Nights.” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference– Pittsburgh, PA (12-15 April).

2018                “Comics at the crossroad of neo-baroque and artistic experimentation: Art Spiegelman’s ‘The Malpractice Suite’ and Stefano Tamburini’s ‘Snake Agent’.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Convention – Indianapolis, IN (28-31 March).

2017                “‘High’ and ‘Low’ Dynamics in Italian Comic Magazines: The Case of Orient Express.South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Convention – Atlanta, GA (3-5 November). 

2017                “Italian comics magazines of the Eighties: Orient Express and its elements of novelty.” Canadian Society of Italian Studies / American Association of Italian Studies Joint Conference – Columbus, OH (20-22 April).

2017                “A Non-desecrating Parody: The Comics Adaptation of the Orlando Furioso by Pino Zac.” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference– Baltimore, MD (23-26 March). 


Conferences and workshops co-organized

2020                “Panels on Panels.” Inter-departmental conference on comics – Bloomington, IN (14 February)

2018                Department of French and Italian Professionalization Workshop – Bloomington, IN (23 February)   

2018                “Facing Forward: Fostering Successful Scholarship in the 21st Century Academy.” IU Preparing Future Faculty Bloomington, IN (9 February).       

2017                 “Crossing Borders, Breaking Walls.” Department of French and Italian Graduate Student Colloquium – Bloomington, IN (10-11 March).


Campus or Departmental Talks

2020                “Useful Strategies during your Doctoral Studies.” Professionalization Workshop – Bloomington, IN (21 February).

2018                “Student-to-Student Interaction in Different course modalities: Canvas discussion boards and Twitter.” Center For Language Excellence Workshop – Bloomington, IN (18 October).

2018 “Social networks in class. How to foster cultural awareness and active participation through Twitter” (Roundtable). Lightning Talks, Student Faculty Forum – Bloomington, IN (7 September).


Additional Training

2020                “Inclusive Curriculum and Instructional Design: Building Marketable Skills” Workshop with Ann Gagné – Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference – Boston, MA (8 March).

2019                “Grant Strategy” Workshops with Bill Hart-Davidson – Indiana University (15 November).

2019                “Mediating Italy in Global Culture” Summer SchoolUniversity of Bologna (17-22 June).

2018                “How to Adapt the Language Classroom to Hybrid and Online Course Modalities.” Professional Development Workshop for Instructors of World LanguagesIndiana University (7-11 May).                                       

2018                “Reacting to the Past” Workshop – Indiana University (27 April).

2017                Foreign Languages and Cultures Professional Development – Indiana University (29 November).

2017                Center for Language Excellence (CLE) “ePortfolio for Language Teaching.” – Indiana University (23 October).

2014                Methods of Language and Teaching course – Indiana University.

2013                Teaching Practicum – Indiana University.  

2012                Professional Internship with Massimo Bocchiola, translation of 15 chapters of “White Rose Rebel” by Janet Paisley – IULM, Italy.