Visit Dates: 2017-18
Department of Linguistics
University Linguistic Center
University of Bologna, Italy
- Comparative Literature with a focus on migrant writing
- Diaspora of Italian-American literature
- Second language acquisition and didactics
Distinguished Italian Fulbright Lecturer Michela Valmori joins the Institute from the University of Bologna, where she currently serves as a lecturer in Languages and Literature. Her areas of expertise include migrant literature, Italianamerican studies, and the Beat Generation. She wrote her dissertation in Comparative Literature at King's College University and has lectured at Goldsmiths University London and Harvard University in the United States. She has also specialized in Italian language linguistics and pedagogy, an interest which she continues to explore in her recent investigation of language use among Italian migrants to the USA. While at Notre Dame, Dr. Valmori will teach a cross-listed, interdisciplinary course, "The Culture of Italian Emigration," focusing on "fictional, non- fictional, musical, and visual texts that recount the experience of migration as seen through the eyes of Italian American as well as Italian authors."