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Professor Alessandro Portelli. lecture Oct 9.2015. UWO

Did you miss Professor Portelli’s lecture in October? Watch the full lecture here.

Professor Alessandro Portelli, world renowned and highly influential oral historian and musicologist, discusses the role of migrant sounds from Afghanistan, China, Ecuador, Philippines, India, Kurdistan, Romania, Senegal, and Somalia in Italian folk music. Can the migrant music we hear in Italian cities and rural areas be recognizied as the new folk music of a multietnic and multicultural country?
In 2015, Professor Portelli was awarded the prestigious Dan David Prize for his extraordinary work over the last three decades in linking oral history and collective memory, completely changing and enriching the way we look at history and the past. With his research, Professor Portelli has transformed the way subjectivity and history coalesce to form meaning. He has been a pivotal figure in the investigation of history and society via eyewitness testimony.



Western University Course Uses Video Games to Teach Italian Renaissance Literature

Western University Course Uses Video Games to Teach Italian Renaissance Literature 

PhD candidate Andrea Privitera uses role-playing video games to teach Italian Renaissance Epic poetry because he wants to show how Early Modern literature can be just as exciting as modern-day pop culture.

Italian 3351A (Fall 2015): Renaissance Epic


Breathtaking duels and battles! Mighty warriors! Inescapable romances! Interplanetary journeys! The engaging stories coming straight from the Italian Renaissance are every bit as exciting as the latest Marvel movie or the next Star Wars episode. Join us in September, as we will explore the amazing worlds created by Boiardo, Ariosto and Tasso – just like you’d explore the world of your favourite videogame!

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Modern Languages and Literature Photo Contest Winners

Each year, the Modern Languages and Literature department holds a photo contest for the students who participated in a study abroad program. This contest gives students a great opportunity to share some of their favourite photos while promoting the range of opportunities that our department has available to students. This year there, the Modern Languages and Literature Photo contest received over 800 votes! We are proud to announce that two of the top three winners are in the Italian program.
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