Set to Music


Due to the global health crisis, this conference has been postponed. The organizers will share more information on rescheduling at a later date.

Waterhouse Decameron

Music and Performance as a Pedagogical Tool in the Foreign Language and Culture Classroom

April 24-25
Eck Visitors Center and Duncan Student Center
University of Notre Dame

Organized by Katie Boyle, Lesley Marcantonio, Alessia Blad-Miller, Tiziana Serafini and Patrick Vivirito.

Sponsored by the Center for Italian Studies, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

The focus of this conference seeks to investigate the theories that support the use of music and performance more broadly as pedagogical tools, and to explore practical ways to implement activities related to music and performance in the classroom.

The conference is open to the public, but registration is required. A link to the registration form will be available here at a later date.

The conference program and poster will be available for download here at a later date.

Keynote Speakers:
Alessandro Carrera was born in Lodi, Italy. He has a Laurea in Philosophy from the Università degli Studi of Milan and a Ph.D. by Publications in Music, Humanities, and Media from the University of Huddersfield, U.K. From 1975 to 1982, he was a music critic, a songwriter, and worked in the Milanese musical milieu. He is a Full Professor, Director of Italian Studies, and Graduate Director of World Cultures and Literatures. In addition to his scholarly and creative books in Italian, Carrera has published several articles and edited volumes in English. He has edited Massimo Cacciari's The Unpolitical: For a Radical Critique of Political Reason (New York: Fordham UP, 2009), Italian Critical Theory ("Annali d'Italianistica" 29, 2011, Monographic Issue), Music and Society in Italy ("Forum Italicum," 49, 2, 2015, Monographic Issue), and Massimo Cacciari's Europe and Empire: On the Political Forms of Globalization (New York: Fordham UP, 2016). Carrera has also translated into Italian three novels of Graham Greene (The Third Man, The Quiet American, The Honorary Consul) and the songs and prose of Bob Dylan (Lyrics 1962-2001, Tarantula, Chronicles Vol. 1). Carrera has been the recipient of the Montale Prize for Poetry in 1993, the Loria Prize for short fiction in 1998, and the Bertolucci Prize for Literary Criticism in 2006.

Dr. Carrera is also a musician himself and performs a variety of genres of Italian popular music.

Francesco Ciabattoni is Associate Professor of Italian Term Associate Professor in Italian Literature in Georgetown College, and a specialist in medieval Italian literature. He received his Laurea in Lettere from the Università degli Studi di Torino and his PhD in Italian Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Dr Ciabattoni's research focus lies on Dante and the middle ages, the twentieth century short story and the interplay of music and literature. He has published articles on Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, a book on the role of music in the Comedy (Dante's Journey to Polyphony, University of Toronto Press, 2010), a book on the lyrics of Italy's songwriters (La citazione è sintomo d'amore, Carocci, 2016) and edited volumes on Primo Levi and Boccaccio. He has also published essays and poems in various international journals as well as a collection of original poems (Paradosso terrestre, Il filo, 2008). He is also the editor and creator of the first bilingual website about Italian cantautori, with commentaries and translations.

Dr. Ciabattoni is also a musician himself and performs Italian popular music with his band, i-Talians.


Diego A. Burgos (Wake Forest University) & Antonio Tamayo Herrera (National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico)
María del Carmen Caña Jiménez (Virginia Tech University)
Daniela Cavallaro (University of Auckland)
Magda Collazo (University of Notre Dame)
Fabrizio Di Maio (University of California, Irvine)
Chiara Fabbian (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Jackie Gianico (Penn State University)
Elizabeth Guthrie & Lina Obeidat (Catholic University of America)
David Lara (University of Connecticut)
Elise Leahy (Southern Utah University)
Qian Liu (University of Michigan)
Annalisa Mosca (Purdue University)
Guilnard Moufarrej (United States Naval Academy)
Davis Richardson (University of Notre Dame)
Karolina Serafin, Sara Dallavalle & Emma Pcolinski (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Cameron Steuart (University of Georgia)
Veronica Vegna (The University of Chicago)
Vinodh Venkatesh (Virginia Tech University)
John Walsh (Wake Forest University)

Mediterranean Sì. Italianità in Italy and the World

All conference presenters and attendees are invited as special guests to an evening of Italian music and performance curated by Lesley Marcantonio (Assistant Teaching Professor of Italian). This year's concert, "Mediterranean Sì. Italianità in Italy and the World," will take place in the Leighton Concert Hall on Friday, April 24th in conjunction with the conference. The annual spring concert will share how the Italian Studies program at Notre Dame has explored the power of music and performance as pedagogical tools.

Friday, April 24, 2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Leighton Concert Hall
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Organized by: Katie Boyle, Lesley Marcantonio, Alessia Blad, Tiziana Serafini and Patrick Vivirito and sponsored by the Center for Italian Studies, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the College of Arts and Letters and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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