Student/Faculty Research

Our professors are making important discoveries. You can, too.

Here's a sampling of research projects by our students:

The Promotion of Cultural Heritage: Conservation, Restoration and Presentation of Archaeological Art and Artifacts in Sardinia, Italy

By: Lydia Stitsel '14
Faculty Adviser: Joseph Alchermes

Food, Language and Tango: Embodiment of Italian Transnationalism in Argentina

By: Hillary Lindsay '13
Faculty Adviser: Jeffrey Cole

Identity in Flux: The Mafia, Antimafia, and Sicily’s Discovery of New Italian Unity

By: Sam Lindo '08
Faculty Adviser: Paola Sica


Student profile

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Italian studies, German studies

Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I liked that I could explore a variety of disciplines before committing to any one area of study. I also liked the idea of a broad and global education, made possible by multiple international programs. And I wanted a more specialized, personalized education, so I appreciated the low student-faculty ratio and the faculty's genuine interest in students.

Q: Will you study abroad?
A: I will be going abroad my entire junior year. As an Italian studies and German studies double major, I'll spend the fall in Perugia and the spring in Baden-Württemberg.

Q: What role has CELS, the College's career development and internship program, played for you?
A: My CELS counselor has helped me recognize and explore the opportunities available to me. I have an unlimited number of paths – applying to Fulbright scholarship programs, finding work or pursuing graduate studies.

Selected courses

  • Elementary Italian
  • Intermediate Italian
  • Adesso Scriviamo
  • Attualità in Italia: Conversazione
  • Identity and Place in Italian Culture
  • Contemporary Italian Literature and Film
  • Dante
  • Culture of Modernity
  • The Late Renaissance: Art, Science, and Religion
  • The Renaissance in Italy
  • The Cities of Italy: Rome, Florence, and Venice


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