Invited Talks

2021                “Comics literacy in Italian language courses: combining textual and visual elements to enhance students’ analytical skills.” The Center for The Study of Languages and Cultures Ed Talk. The University of Notre Dame – virtual (19 March).

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


Conference Activity


Conferences and workshops co-organized

2020                “How to Look Better Online: Peer-to-Peer Conversations on Online Teaching.” Indiana University – Bloomington, IN (23 April).

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).

Panels organized and chaired

2021                “Social media: how to increase visibility and interaction for Italian Language Programs (Roundtable).” American Association for Italian Studies Conference–virtual (28 May-6 June).

2021                “Teaching Popular Culture in Intermediate Language Courses (Roundtable).” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference–Virtual (11-14 March).

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

2021                “Pop Culture in Fourth-semester Italian: Practicing ‘Congiuntivo’ in the Context of Comics.” Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Conference–virtual (11-14 March).

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). 


Campus or Departmental Talks

The University of Chicago

2020                “Say It with a Post: Using Social Media to Increase Visibility and Interaction for Foreign Language Programs” Workshop – Language Center, The University of Chicago (11 November).

2020                “Fostering Students’ Active Participation and Building Community in Online Language Classes with Video-diaries and Social Media Bingo.” Tips and Good Experiences for and from Teaching Languages Online Workshop – Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, The University of Chicago (11 June).

Indiana University

2020                “Useful Strategies during your Doctoral Studies.” Professionalization Workshop – Department of French and Italian, Indiana University (21 February).

2018                “Student-to-Student Interaction in Different course modalities: Canvas discussion boards and Twitter.” Center for Language Excellence Workshop – Department of French and Italian, Indiana University (18 October). 2018    “Social networks in class. How to foster cultural awareness and active participation through Twitter” (Roundtable). Lightning Talks, Student Faculty Forum– Department of French and Italian, Indiana University (7 September).         


Additional Training

2020                “Language Assessment.” Language Center Workshop – The University of Chicago (23 October)

2020                “ACTFL OPI.” Language Center Workshop – The University of Chicago (17-21 September).

2020                “Teaching Languages in Online and Hybrid Environments” Summer Course – The University of Chicago (15 July-27 August).

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

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

2014                Methods of Language and Teaching course – Department of French and Italian, Indiana University.

2013                Teaching Practicum – Department of French and Italian, Indiana University.  

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