Caroline Di Cocco
Caroline Di Cocco has an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto and B.A. Honours Specialization in Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario. Elected to municipal government in 1997, then elected as a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario from June, 1999 to October, 2007 as: She was Minister of Culture, on Management Board of Cabinet, Parliamentary Assistant to Premier and Chair of Women’s Caucus. In 2002 Caroline was bestowed the honour of “Cavalieri” from the Republic of Italy. Currently she sits on the board directors of The Ontario Historical Society, is a member of the President’s Circle of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and holds the position of president of the Italian-Canadian Archives Project (ICAP).
Gabriella Colussi Arthur teaches in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University. Her main areas of expertise include teaching Italian language and culture from elementary to advanced levels, Italian language pedagogy, Italian-English translation, and Italian-Canadian Studies. Her 2013 publication, From Inspiration to Reality, uses print and oral sources to document the efforts behind launching VLG Charities and planning and constructing the long-term care residence, Villa Leonardo Gambin. Her 2014 work titled, Methodological Reflections in Italian-Canadian Storytelling, for which she has earned a doctoral degree, proposes a tripartite methodology—breadth, depth, and form—for the collection of immigrant family stories. For ICAP, she currently holds the position of Vice President and is responsible for the Famèe Furlane Toronto–ICAP community outreach agreement.
Maria Cioni currently teaches communications at the University of Toronto. She received her doctorate in sixteenth century social-legal history from Cambridge University. She contributed to anthologies in this field until, in 2001, she began research on her father’s life, which had culminated in his culinary dream of opening an Italian restaurant in Calgary, the first one in March 1949. In 2006, Spaghetti Western: How my Father Brought Spaghetti to the West was published focusing on culture, cuisine and the Italian community in Calgary between 1926 and 1958. Maria is a founding member and current Secretary of The Italian-Canadian Archives Project (ICAP) established in 2010.
Michael Iannozzi is a graduate student at Western University. His research involves language documentation, sociolinguistics, and public outreach. The two primary areas of his research are the English dialect of Southwestern Ontario, and the Italian dialects spoken by Italian communities in Canada. Michael works with Caroline Di Cocco to record life histories of Sarnia’s Italian-Canadian community, including digitizing old photos and cassettes, and building a website to share these unique pieces of the Canadian story, which is supported by the Sarnia-Lambton Archives. Michael identifies strongly as both Italian-Canadian and small-town Canadian. His paternal grandparents were born in Castelliri, Frosinone, and immigrated to Sarnia in 1960. His maternal grandparents farmed for 62 years, and are nearing their 70th anniversary. Michael is honoured to work to document and preserve the stories of Italian-Canadians.
Javier P. Grossutti
Javier P. Grossutti was born in Argentina and graduated in Political Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. He later moved to Italy where he obtained his PhD in Political and Economic Geography at the University of Trieste. His main fields of study include Italian and Friulian emigration, networks of ethnic entrepreneurship, return migration and problems connected to Italian and Friulian communities abroad, where he has conducted numerous surveys for the Universities of Trieste, Trento and Udine. He has carried out research in collaboration with the Universities of Columbia (New York, United States), Caen (France), Buenos Aires, Quilmes, Cuyo-Mendoza and Patagonia (Argentina) and Itajaí (Brazil). He has held courses on Italian emigration and return migration for the University of Udine and Trieste. In 2007 and 2008 he was invited as an Associate Research Scholar at The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University of New York. In 2014 he obtained a short-term fellowship from the Winterthur Museum (Winterthur, DE, U.S.). In the same year he was invited as Visiting Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology (SUT). Currently, he holds the position of Adjunct Research Fellow within the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at SUT.
Angela Clarke has a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies specializing in Italian women, religion and decorative art. She is the curator at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver and through her work there, examines the cultural divide between education and decorative arts made by women and how this translates into the community she serves as curator, where tradition versus modernism and renewal is a source of constant debate. Angela’s research specialties lay with the material culture of the Italian Renaissance, she has expanded this research, examining more closely how the female-oriented arts traditions of the Renaissance, in particular needle work, lace making, and other domestic decorative arts such as ceramics and tapestries, have held very strong traditions in Italian cultural life until the 1960’s.
Antonio Calcagno is Professor of Philosophy at King’s University College at Western University. He has interests in recent European thought. He is a member of the ICAP London Executive Committee. He works on collecting the narratives of the various members of the London, ON Italian-Canadian community, including those stories that touch upon the social, political, religious, cultural, religious and artistic aspects of life of the community. Antonio Calcagno è ordinario di filosofia presso il King’s University College a Western University. Lui è specializzato nella filosofia contemporanea europea. Fa parte del comitato dell’ICAP London. Si dedica alla raccolta delle narrativi dei diversi membri della comunità e la loro vita collettiva, comprese le loro storie da diverse prospettive: sociali, politiche, religiose, culturali, e artistiche.
Bruno Ramirez is a Professor of History at the Université de Montréal. He has published widely on the history of international migrations (including migrations of Italians to Canada), and has written or co-written several award-winning feature films dealing with Italian immigrants. His most recent work, to be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, is Inside the Historical Film, which contains a detailed analysis of the filmic history of Montreal’s Italians. Among his current projects is a short history of the Italians in Canada (The Italians in Canada, Past and Present).
Caterina Maria Bueti Sotiriadis
Caterina is currently the senior consultant for Sotiriadis Educational Services in Manitoba. An educator and writer, she has published material on second language learning with several Canadian publishers as well as producing animation series for young children. A specialist in curriculum and classroom material development, Caterina was the Core French consultant for the Department of Education, Training and Youth at the Bureau de l’éducation française for a number of years. During her career, she has also taught English, French, Spanish and Italian in the public and private systems from grades K to grade 12. Caterina has taught Italian in the Faculties of Arts as well as curriculum and methodology in the Faculties of Education at the Universities of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Université de St Boniface as well as in Caen, France. A past president of both the Societa’ Dante Alighieri di Winnipeg and the Order Sons of Italy, La Lupa di Roma Lodge, Caterina has worked extensively in the Italian Canadian community of her province. Caterina occupe actuellement le poste de consultante principale pour les Services éducatifs Sotiriadis du Manitoba. Une éducatrice et écrivaine, elle a publié du matériel dans le domaine de l’apprentissage des langues secondes avec plusieurs maisons d’éditions canadiennes ainsi que produit des séries d’animation pour les jeunes enfants. Une spécialiste dans le développement de matériel didactique et dans la production d’outils pédagogiques pour la salle de classe, Caterina était la conseillère pédagogique pour le français de base au Ministère de l’éducation, formation et jeunesse au Bureau de l’éducation française pendant de nombreuses années. Au cours de sa carrière, elle a également enseigné l’anglais, le français, l’espagnol et l’italien dans les systèmes publics et privés aux niveaux maternelle à la12e année. Caterina a enseigné l’italien dans les Facultés de lettres ainsi que la méthodologie aux Facultés d’éducation aux Universités de Winnipeg, du Manitoba, de St Boniface et à Caen en France. Ancienne présidente de la Société Dante Alighieri de Winnipeg et de l’Ordre des Fils d’Italie, La Lupa di Roma, Caterina a beaucoup œuvré dans la communauté italo-canadienne de sa province. Caterina è attualmente il consulente principale per Sotiriadis Servizi Educativi nel Manitoba. Una educatrice e scrittrice, lei ha pubblicato materiale sull’apprendimento di una seconda lingua con diverse case editrici canadesi e ha prodotto anche delle serie di animazioni per i bambini. Una specialista in programmi di studio e di sviluppo di materiale in aula, Caterina era il consulente francese di base per il Ministero di Istruzione, formazione e gioventù presso il Bureau de l’education française per tanti anni. Inoltre, durante la sua carriera ha insegnato inglese, francese, spagnolo e italiano nelle scuole pubbliche e private dall’ asilo fino al livello 12. Caterina ha insegnato italiano nella Facoltà di lettere e curriculum e metodologia nella Facoltà di Educazione presso le Università di Winnipeg, Manitoba, Université de San Boniface e Caen, Francia. Una ex-presidente della Società Dante Alighieri di Winnipeg e dell’Ordine Figli d’Italia, La Lupa di Roma Lodge, Caterina ha lavorato a lungo nella comunità italo-canadese della sua provincia.
Gabriele Scardellato is an associate professor, York University. He is the chair holder of The Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies at the same university. Dr Scardellato has served as editor or managing editor of several journals including Polyphony: The Bulletin of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, Annali Accademici Canadesi, Italian Canadiana, Ontario History, and Quaderni d’italianistica, the journal of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies. He also has edited a number of immigrant and other memoirs and completed a number of translations. He has published widely both in Canadian ethnic studies as well as in Italian-Canadian immigration history including Within Our Temple: A History of the Order Sons of Italy of Ontario (Toronto, 1995) and with Manuela Scarci (eds.), A Monument For Italian-Canadians: Regional Migration from Italy to Canada (Toronto, 1997) and two special issues of Quaderni d’italianistica on Italian-Canadian topics. Most recently, with co-author Elio Costa, he has published the biography Lawrence Grassi: From Piedmont to the Rocky Mountains (Toronto, 2015).
Giulia De Gasperi
Dr. Giulia De Gasperi was born in Treviso, Italy and currently lives in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. She received a BA (Laurea, 2002) in Foreign Languages and Literatures and a PhD (Dottorato di ricerca, 2007) in Anglo-American and Iberian Studies both from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy. Since 2009 she has conducted fieldwork with the members of the Italian community of Dominion on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. She has published and presented findings from her research both in academic and non-academic settings. She is currently working on a book about the history and lives of Dominion’s Italian community. She is Vice-President of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers. She is a literary translator and editor.
Konrad Eisenbichler teaches in the Renaissance Studies Program and in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto (1981-present). He is the immediate past President of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies (2011-14). He has previously been a two-term director of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (1990-2000), president of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (2001-02), president of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (2002-04), and Chair of the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium (1983-84). Within the Italian community, he is editor of the quarterly El Boletin, the newsletter of the Club Giuliano Dalmato di Toronto (1990-present), he has served as Consultore Regionale for the Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia (1991-2004) and as President of the Federazione Giuliano-Dalmata Canadese (2004-2009).
Nancy Marrelli is Archivist Emerita at Concordia University and is the Archivist of the emerging Italian-Canadian Community Archives of Quebec. She is also co-publisher of the Montreal publishing house Véhicule Press. She actively participates in professional archival activities in Canada, the United States, and internationally, working and publishing in English and French in the areas of copyright, preservation, dance legacy, various aspects of Montreal history, and audiovisual archives. She has been a speaker at a wide variety of workshops and conferences and currently gives a series of webinars in English and French on Copyright for the Canadian Council of Archives. Nancy is also active in publishing and writing circles.
Olga Pugliese is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, a former Chair of the Department of Italian Studies (1997-2002), Director of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (2005-09), and President of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies (2005-08), and has authored many publications (some book-length) on Renaissance topics. She is also a recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies. She has lectured and published on topics concerning the Italian community in Canada, most notably on mosaic artwork by Italian craftsmen in Canada and on the Italian Canadian artist Albert Chiarandini (Udine 1915- Toronto 2007).
Sandra Parmegiani teaches Italian Studies and European Studies at the University of Guelph, and is currently the President of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies (2014-2017). She has previously taught Italian language and literature at Trinity College Dublin and at the University of Western Ontario. Her research focuses on Eighteenth-century and contemporary Italian literature and culture. Since 2013 she has been awarded a MITACS grant to supervise postdoctoral work on “Mapping Intangible Cultural Resources through Reading Culture Analysis.” This project’s goal is to define a methodology for identifying and mapping intangible cultural resources, and to apply the proposed methodology to the intangible cultural assets of the City of London.
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