Culture & Events
I have work experience also outside of academia, and my competencies fall into three major categories: public lectures, exhibit and event organization, translations and teaching of the Italian language.
Public lectures at cultural centers, libraries, and museums.
I have organized public lectures on appealing popular topics such as the history of early modern science, the work and lives of Galileo Galilei and Leonardo da Vinci for major cultural and research centers. I can set up lectures for small audiences, such as groups of patrons or trustees of a city museum, or large crowds, as has happened on several occasions with the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo, Japan. I have organized series of public lectures at Fermilab, as the Chicago Public Library system, the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, International House at the University of Chicago, the Newberry Library, and I have extensively collaborated with the network of Italian Cultural Institutes worldwide. When working with libraries, I usually create reading lists and set up book displays to engage the public with the remarkable available sources.
Exhibit and event organization.
I can set up full-scale exhibits, featuring paintings, artifacts, and rare books, and I know how to navigate the complex environment of safety standards and special requests necessary to organize and display valuable materials. In 2015, I set up a public display entitled “Beauty in the History of Astronomy” at the University of Chicago with the support of the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center. News about this display was featured in the journal Dialogo. In 2020, I organized a large exhibit entitled “The Patria del Friuli at the time of Leonardo” with the support of the Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia in the castle of Gemona del Friuli, Italy. The exhibit was inaugurated and presented by Vittorio Sgarbi. You can see some pictures below.
Translations and teaching of the Italian language.
I have worked as an Italian translator for the London-based office of Global Voices Ltd., and I still collaborate with them. I have experience with international brands, and I’ve been serving as a cultural ambassador for the Nonino Group in Asia and the US. I also make use of my Italian background for language teaching, as I have done within the network of the Italian Cultural Institutes and also in my classes at SAIC and the University of Chicago. In 2015, I received a UChicago Innovation Grant, which I used to establish a Language and Culture Table Program at International House at the University of Chicago. In October 2020, I obtained the CEDILS certification, released by Laboratorio ITALS of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Thanks to the CEDILS, I am a certified Italian language teacher, both as a second and foreign language.