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Maria Laura Aureli

Instructor, Studio & Fine Arts

MCAS SAPH 100 Black & White Photography

Maria Laura Aureli is a Photographer and Instructor whose work is published in newspapers, magazines, catalogues and on billboards. She holds a BA in Photography, Film and Television from Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland, and a Diploma in Photography and Video from Stevenson College in Edinburgh. She served as a Photographer for Permanent Observatory on Organized Crime (OPCO). She has worked on advertising campaigns for: Foreste Molisane, Caserta, Hotel Meridiana, Locanda Rosati, Conte di Ramignoso, Razzanti, Broker Story and Casalbergo S. Giuseppe. She has photographed for many newspapers including the Edinburgh publications: Evening News, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Milan based Corriere della Sera and others. She served as Assistant Photographer for a BBC2 TV program "At the end of on line", the Official Photographer for 3rd Italian Film Festival, a freelance photographer for the International Fringe Festival and the Official Photographer for the Women's Rugby World Championship. She presents for the Italian Institute of Culture with subjects such as "Between nostalgia and dreams, naked with passport" and the "Sacrilegious South". She is the President of the association "Terre Scosse", which is a center for research and documentation. Photography's role in contemporary culture and politics is among her passions.

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Dr. Giuseppe Baiamonte

Instructor, Environmental Studies

MCAS ESEC 352 Sustainability & Human Development: Learning from the Mediterranean Landscapes
MCAS ESEC 250S Mediterranean Ecosystems: an Introduction to Terrestrial and Marine Environments

Giuseppe Baiamonte holds Ph.D. in Vegetal Resources from University of Palermo, Italy. He studied vegetation and syntaxonomy, phytosociology, adaptative strategies of vegetal species, ecology and dynamism of wetlands, the relation between α, β and γ diversity at multiple spatial and temporal scales, ecology of the Mediterranean territories, management and conservation issues, and cartography geographic information system methods, analysis, and modeling tools. Dr. Baiamonte holds a second level MA in Landscape Ecology and Land Management from Sapienza University of Rome. He also holds an academic degree from the University of Palermo, Italy in Biological Sciences with studies in chemistry, biochemistry, statistics, genetic, laboratory techniques, ecology, botany and geobotanics. He instructed as part of the Ecology Faculty of Medicine at the University of Palermo, Italy.

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Denise Calì

Instructor, Classical Studies

MCAS CSLL 200 Intermediate Readings in Classical Greek: The Women's Heroism
MCAS CSLL 255 Intermediate Readings in Ancient Latin: Playing the Past
MCAS CSLL 303 Advanced Readings in Classical Greek: Poets of the Soul
MCAS CSLL 354 Advanced Ancient Latin Readings: from Rome with Love

Denise Calì holds an MA in Medieval Archaeology from the University of Salerno, where she completed a dissertation on the cultural interaction between Byzantines and Arabs in Medieval Sicily. She was Field Director of the excavations in Leptis Magna (Libia) under the auspices of the University of Catania and serves as a Scientific Consultant for the Cultural Heritage Office of Catania. Her research interests include: cultural interactions in Medieval Sicily, interconnections between Sicily and North Africa in Late Roman Empire, Greek, Latin and Islamic arts and literature during the reign of Frederick II in Sicily.

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Dr. Fabio Chisari

Instructor, Italian Studies

MCAS ITHP 241, MCAS HP MH 251 Italy: From Unification to the 20th Century – A Southern Perspective
MCAS HPMH 355 Contemporary Italy: Ideas, Politics and Society from Mussolini's Fascism to Berlusconi's Videocracy
MCAS HPPS 259 Mafia: National and International Issues & Impacts

Fabio Chisari earned his Ph.D. in History and Media at De Montfort University of Leicester, UK with a dissertation entitled "The Age of Innocence. A History of the Relationship between Football Authorities and the BBC Television Service, 1937-82". His MA is in "Sports History and Culture" and was also earned at De Monfort University. His MA dissertation is entitled "Bringing the World Cup to You. Televising the 1966 Jules Rimet Cup". He earned his BA with Distinction in Modern Literature at Università degli Studi di Catania, Faculty of Humanities. His BA dissertation in "Contemporary History" is entitled "Sport and Nationalism in Fascist Italy – The 1934 Football World Cup". In addition to working with Arcadia, he has a long history with the Università degli Studi di Catania where he lectures in "Social History of the Media" at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures. He also lectures in Law, Management and Humanities of Sport for the FIFA and De Montfort University. He is engaged a research for the Dipartimento di Scienze della Cultura, dell'Uomo e del Territorio, Università degli Studi di Catania, with the subject "The families of periodic Press in contemporary Sicily: the Ardizzone-Pirri and Ciancio-Sanfilippo families, two models of capitalism".

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Mario Fillioley

Instructor, Italian Language

MCAS ITIN 150S Intensive Italian I
MCAS ITIN 200S Intensive Italian II
MCAS ITIN 250S Intensive Italian II
MCAS ITIN 350S Intensive Italian III
MCAS ITIL 100 Introductory Italian I
MCAS ITIL 200 Introductory Italian II
MCAS ITIL 300 Intermediate Italian I
MCAS ITIL 360 Intermediate Italian II
MCAS ITIL 370 Advanced Composition & Diction

Mario Fillioley hold an MA in literary and fiction translation from the istituto Superiore Interpreti e Traduttori, Milan, Italy and a BA in Philosophy Cum Laude from the Università degli Studi di Pisa, Italy. He served as a translator for several prominent Italian publishing houses including Mondadori, Guanda, Ponte alle Grazie, Minimum Fax and Salani. He taught Italian Language and Literature at the Istituto Professionale A. Rizza high school and for Scuola media Chindemi Junior High and for Linguaviva. He is interested in American Literature, theory of translation and linguistic mediation and neurosciences.

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Dr. Daniela Irrera

Instructor, History & Politics

MCAS HPPS 250, MCAS ITHP 242 Mafia: Politics & History
MCAS HPPS 261 European Union Politics
MCAS HPPS 262 International Relations
MCAS HPPS 259, MCAS ITHP 249, Mafia: National and International Issues & Impacts

Daniela Irrera holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Catani with a dissertation on "Criminal States". She earned an MA with a scholarship from the Bonino-Pulejo Foundation on "The Writing of Irish History" at the University College Cork, Ireland. She holds a BA in International Political Sciences from the University of Messina with a thesis in History of International Relations with the thesis "The Peace Process in Northern Ireland". Her interests are in European studies, peace and security studies, transnational organized crime, and ethnic conflicts. She is a long time Teaching Assistant of History of International Relation in Political Sciences at the University of Messina and a Lecturer of International Relations at the University of Palermo. She is a Member of the Scientific Committee in the Postgraduate Master Program in "European Management and Project". She is a Presenter at conferences such as ECPR General Conference, Pisa, Italian Political Science Society, Annual Conference, Catania, ECPR Joint Sessions, Helsinki and others.

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Peter Jinks

Instructor, Studio & Fine Arts

MCAS SACW 250 Travel Journal: Creative Writing

Peter Jinks is an award-winning journalist, author and screenwriter.

Peter starter his career as a freelance newspaper reporter in Scotland where his investigative writing on chemical weapons dumps in the world’s oceans won him a national prize, the UK Young Journalist of the Year award for 1995. The story also had significant political repercussions and led to a parliamentary question being tabled in the House of Commons. With a grant from the Cecil King Memorial Foundation Peter then travelled around Southern Africa before returning to take up a full time position at Scotland on Sunday newspaper.

But Peter’s interest in fiction and drama got the better of him and in 1998 he was commissioned by the BBC to write his first original screenplay, High Tide. In the year 2000 he moved to Sicily and produced two novels, Hallam Foe and Intuition. Hallam Foe was turned into a movie by Film4 and won a Silver Bear at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival prior to a wide international release. Peter has since produced a number of screenplays, including a horror set in Sicily called The Ordinary which was commissioned by Sigma Films. He also writes about Sicily for the Observer and Guardian newspapers. More recently he has taught courses in narrative and screenwriting at Webster University, Vienna, and at Arcadia University in Syracuse, Sicily.

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Ingrid Susanna Kimbell

Instructor, Art History

MCAS AHVA 355 Uses and Abuses of Antiquity Classical Models in the Visual Arts
MCAS SAAA 250 History of Art & Architecture in Sicily
MCAS AHAA 290 On the Trail of Caravaggio: The Beginning of Baroque Art in Sicily
MCAS MSCI 300 Lu Sicilianu: A New Insight into Sicilian Culture

Ingrid Susanna Kimbell earned an MA in Conservation of Paintings on Panel and Canvas from the Gateshead Polytechnic, faculty of University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne. Her thesis is entitled "A portrait of Alessandro de Medici on panel, attributed to Agnolo Bronzino". She holds an MA in History of Art and Italian language, University of Edinburgh, 1988. Her Masters thesis is entitled "Antonello da Messina: a study of the Annunciation in Syracuse". In addition lecturing at Arcadia, she was an English language teacher at the Centre Educazione Adulti in Syracuse. She served as coordinator of a regional project Art. 23 no. 88/090 managed by Italia Nostra and CoFar which catalogued historic farmhouses in the province of Syracuse, Italy. The work was presented in a traveling exhibition to Syracuse, Floridia, Rosolini, and Canicattini Bagni and published as "Masserie ed Edifici Rurali nel territorio di Siracusa", Italia Nostra, Ediprint, Syracuse 1993. She catalogued churches in the dioceses of Syracuse, Floridia, Palazzolo Acreide, Carlentini and Rosolini. She worked as restorer of paintings, statues in wood and papier-mâché, figurines in wax, gilding, with Ignazio Lo Faro the restorer at Catania and as a restorer of stone with the company, 'L'Isola', Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, ME. Ms. Kimbell is an accomplished Cellist and a member of the Eurialo string quartet. She works with La Giga music association, as musician and cello teacher and for the Associazione Orchestra Giovanile Mediterranea Siracusana.

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Dr. Emanuele Lombardo

Instructor, Nutrition Science

MCAS NSHN 260 The Mediterranean Diet

Emanuele Lombardo earned a Ph.D. in Food Biotechnologies at the University of Catania, Italy in 2003. He holds an MA in Communication and Information Technology from the University of Bologna and a BA in Food Sciences and Technologies. He serves as a consultant for advertising and strategic communication for small and medium enterprises working in the field of high quality food production and commercialization. His other interests are travel, photography, sports and painting.

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Dr. Giovanna Lombardo

Instructor, Italian Language, Italian Studies

MCAS ITIL 200 Introductory Italian II
MCAS ITIL 300 Intermediate Italian I
MCAS ITIL 360 Intermediate Italian II
MCAS ITIN 150S Intensive Italian I
MCAS ITIN 250S Intensive Italian II
MCAS ITIN 350S Intensive Italian III
MCAS ITLM 256 Tradition & Transition in Italian Literature
MCAS ITIL 370 Advanced Composition & Diction
MCAS HPMH 255S Contemporary Italian Society & Culture
MCAS ITHP 242, MCAS HPPS 250S Mafia: Politics & History
MCAS HPPS 259, MCAS ITHP 249 Mafia: National and International Issues & Impacts
MCAS ITLM 260, MCAS MSAL 240 Sicily & The Mediterranean Cultures: Comparative Literature

Giovanna Lombardo earned a Ph.D. in Modern Philology at the Dipartimento di Filologia Moderna, University of Catania with concentrations in Italian Literature and the History of the Publishing Trade. She holds a BA Summa Cum Laude in Italian Literature from the University of Catania where she studied Italian Literature, European Literatures, and Theory of Language and Literature. She holds a CEDILS Certificate for Italian Language instruction as a Foreign Language from Ca' Foscari University, Venice. In addition to her work with Arcadia, she is a member of the faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Catania. She is an instructor of Italian as a Foreign Language at the Linguaviva School.

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Paola Moroni

Instructor, Italian Language

MCAS ITIN 200S Intensive Italian II
MCAS ITIN 250S Intensive Italian II
MCAS ITIN 350S Intensive Italian III
MCAS ITIL 100 Introductory Italian I
MCAS ITIL 300 Intermediate Italian I
MCAS ITIL 360 Intermediate Italian II
MCAS ITIL 370 Advanced Composition & Diction

Paola Moroni earned an MA from the University of Venezia in Advanced Planning and Teaching Italian Language and Culture to Foreigners. He holds a Ditals Diploma from the University of Siena in Teaching Italian to University Foreign Students. His BA is in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Bologna with a concentration in English and German Languages and Literatures. In addition to his work with Aracadia, he is an Instructor at the award winning Linguaviva where he teaches Italian Language and Culture. He taught Language and Literature for the Istituto De Amicis, Megara Liceo Scientifico, Istituto Professionale Alaimo and Istituto Professionale Mattei.

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Dr. Giovanni Sturiale

Instructor, Environmental Studies
MCAS ESGE 250S Volcanology: Etna
MCAS ESGE 370 Geology of the Central Mediterranean Area

Giovanni Sturiale specialized in volcanology during his MS thesis work at the University of Catania in ground deformation at Mount Etna. He continued this approach with the thesis for his Ph.D. also at Catania, where he focused on volcanic, sedimentary, and tectonic processes in the volcanic area of the Monti Iblei at the Hyblean Plateau. Skilled field geologist and facies analyst, he has acquired experience in the observation, documentation, and interpretation of active eruptive processes at Mount Etna during the 1990s and 2000s. Dr. Sturiale has lectured for several years at the University of Catania to graduate students and at to college and primary schools students. He has participated in the organization of seminars and conferences, and acted as a field guide to excursions during international meetings in Italy.

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Dr. Davide Tanasi

Instructor, Ancient History & Archaeology

MCAS CSAH 260: History of Greek and Roman Sicily
MCAS CSAH 260 Ancient Mediterranean History
MCAS CSAH 270: ‘Sailing the dark wine sea’. Culture, commerce, and warfare in ancient Mediterranean
MCAS CSAH 320 The Dream of Democracy: The Politics of Ancient Mediterranean History
MCAS CSAR 350 Crossroads of Civilizations: Archaeology of Ancient Sicily
MCAS CSAR 355 Origins of Violence: Archaeology of Death and War
MCAS CSAR 303S: Mediterranean Myths & Monuments: Archaeology of Ancient Syracuse
MCAS FSDA 310S: Digging Abroad. Field School in Archaeology (2012 Ognina, Siracusa)
MCAS FSDA 310S: Digging Abroad. Field School in Archaeology (2013 Catacombs of St. Lucy, Siracusa)
MCAS CSAR 360 3D Modeling for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
MCAS CSLL 254 Classical Mythology, Religion and Philosophy
MCAS CSLL 320, MCAS MSLT 320 Age of Gods, Age of Heroes: Myth and Literature in Ancient Greece
MCS CSPR 352 From Olympus to Palatine Polytheism and Monotheism in Classical Antiquity
MCAS MSHP 270 The Dream of Democracy: The Politics of Ancient Mediterranean History

Davide Tanasi holds a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology and an MA in Italian Prehistory and Protohistory and a BA Classical Studies from the University of Catania. His research interests include Mediterranean prehistory, islands archaeology, archaeometry of ancient ceramics, computer graphics in archaeology, digital communication of cultural heritage. He authored hundreds of scientific publications in those fields and produced 3D documentaries about Sicilian archaeology and cultural heritage. Since 2010 he directs an interdisciplinary research project about Maltese Bronze Age in partnership with the University of Malta and Heritage Malta.

Personal website: http://arcadia.academia.edu/dtanasi

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