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College of Liberal Arts

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Department Chair: Lisa Vollendorf

The George L. Graziadio Endowed Chair of Italian Studies

Program Director: Carlo Chiarenza

RGRLL Language Coordinator: Markus Muller

Single Subject Coordinator for L.O.T.E.: Jean-Jacques Jura

Department Office: Academic Services, Room 309
Telephone: (562) 985-4318

Faculty: Carlo Chiarenza, Clorinda Donato, Teresa Fiore, Aparna Nayak-Guercio, Enrico Vettore

Administrative Analyst/Specialist: Cindy McCarty

Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors. Credential advisors, Undergraduate Advisor, Graduate Advisor.

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The Italian Program exists thanks to an agreement between the Italian American community in the area and CSULB. This collaboration led to the establishment of the program itself as well as the Center for Italian Studies, named in honor of Mr. George Graziadio. In acknowledging his Italian origins, his founding gift speaks to his desire to foster Italian Studies in Southern California. Since 2001 the Center has promoted the diffusion of Italian language, culture, and civilization through a variety of cultural events (lectures, conferences, film screenings, etc.) related to Italian and Italian-American Studies. Additionally, the Center offers a number of scholarships to study in Italy and regularly organizes workshops on Italian teaching. Its program of events, which gives students the unique opportunity to be exposed to Italian language and culture in its various facets outside the classroom, is often shaped in collaboration with Italian and Italian American institutions and organizations in the area.