Ph. D., Italian, Department of Italian, University of California, Los
Dissertation: Polaritą linguistiche e allegoriche: Il doppio nei
Dialoghi D’Amore di Leone Ebreo.
M.A., Humanities. (Laurea in Lettere). Department of History of Arts.
Universitą degli Studi di Venezia, Ca' Foscari. 1998.
Dissertation: Icon e Logos: Immagine e retorica visiva. L'invidia
M.A., Philosophy (Laurea in Filosofia). Department of Phliosophy.
Universitą degli Studi di Venezia, Ca' Foscari , 1995.
Dissertation: La costruzione sociale dell'invidia. Testi rinascimentali
ACADEMIC FACULTY EXPERIENCE
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Humanities, El Camino College, Torrance, California, 2002 to present. Taught Beginning Italian, Italian culture in English, Beginning and Intermediate Italian Conversation. Taught during Summer Program in Italy.
Lecturer in Italian, Italian Department, UCLA, winter 2013. Taught Introduction to Classic Italian Literary and Cultural Studies, Medieval and Renaissance literature.
Lecturer in Italian, Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literature. California State University Long Beach, 2009 to 2012. Taught Beginning, and n Italian.
Instructor, El Camino Community Education, Torrance, California, 2010 to present. Taught Intermediate/Advanced Italian, Italian cinema, Italian through Arts and Literature.
Instructor, South Bay Adult School, Redondo Beach, Los Angeles School Unified District, 2009. Italian Art History in English, Italian for travelers.
Instructor, Istituto di Cultura Italiana, Los Angeles. 2000 to 2008 Taught Italian classes all levels. Italian Art History in English.
Lecturer in Italian, Italian department, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004 to 2007. Taught: Beginning and Intermediate Italian. Italian literature classes (Introduction to literal analysis)
Adjunct Instructor, Modern Languages Department Ventura College, Ventura, California. 2003 to 2004. Taught elementary Italian (1-2) and Italian conversation.
Teaching Fellow, Italian Department, University of California Los Angeles, 1999 to 2003. Taught Italian classes from levels 1 through 5
TRANSLATIONS ITALIAN INTO ENGLISH, ENGLISH INTO ITALIAN
Museums’ catalogues and exhibitions, in particular translating correspondence for lending material, and legal matters, Autry Museum for Sergio Leone’s exhibition in 2005.
Immigration Documents, translations of birth certificates, wedding certificates, and other related documents, both into English for US immigration, both into Italian for Italian immigration).
Leader and coordinator of North America group for BIGLLI (Italian Language and Literature General Bibliography), Salerno Editrice, Roma, 2000 to 2011.
RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
Research and Presentations in Translations Studies, History of Italian Language, and Renaissance Studies.
“Leone Ebreo’s Dialoghi and the Art of the Dialogue in the 16th century”, at Modern Language Association Annual meeting, Los Angeles, January 2011.
“Sotto il velame de gli amori: Leone Ebreo at the Courts in the 16th century Italy”, at Leone Ebreo and its times conference, Center of Medieval and Renaissance studies at UCLA, Los Angeles, November 2010.
“Celestial and terrestrial harmony: roots of Kabbalah in Leone Ebreo and Francesco Zorzi”, at Renaissance Society of America annual conference, Veneazia (Italy), April 2010.
“Translating Renaissance texts in the third millennium: the case of Leone Ebreo’s Dialoghi D’Amore into English”, at the Annual Meeting of Association of Jewish Studies, Los Angeles, California, December 2009.
“Concordia and Discordia in Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Leone Ebreo, ” at Renaissance Society of America annual conference, Los Angeles California, March 2009.
“New perspectives on the composition of Leone Ebreo’s Dialoghi d’amore”, at the Renaissance Society of America annual conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 2008
“Dynamics of Desire; Love, Lovesickness, and Melancholy in Leone Ebreo’s Dialoghi D’Amore,” at Lovesickness, Melancholy, and Nostalgia Conference at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, March 2008.
“Dante and Leone Ebreo”, at Roundtable of Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, May 2007.
“Elementi cabalistici in Giovanni Pico della Mirandola e Leone Ebreo,” at the American Association of Italian Studies annual conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 2007.
“Leone Ebreo’s Dialogues, Dante and the Christian kabbalah”, at Renaissance Society of America annual conference. Organizer of the panel: “Leone Ebreo’s Dialoghi D’Amore New Cultural Perspectives”, Miami, Florida, March 2007
“Microcosm and Macrocosm in Man. Symbolic Meanings of Male Body in the Renaissance”, at the Consortium in California for Italian Studies annual conference, Long Beach, California, March 2007.
“Dante Alighieri and the Kabbalah,” at Medieval Association of the Pacific annual conference, Los Angeles, California. March 2007.
“Kabbalistic Elements in Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Leone Ebreo” at the Renaissance Conference of Southern California, San Marino, California, March 2007.
“L’androgino cabalistico di Leone Ebreo”, at the American Association of Italian Studies annual conference, Genova, Italy, May 2006
“Hermaphrodite and Cabalistic Androgyne in Leone Ebreo’s Dialoghi D’Amore,” at “Science, Literature, and the Arts in the Medieval and Early Modern World” organized by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, SUNY Binghamton, NY, October 2004.
“Cabalistic Androgyny: Reading the Myth of Androgine in Leone Ebreo's Dialoghi d'Amore, at the Renaissance Conference of Southern California., Huntington Library, San Marino, CA. February 2004.
“Images and Simulacra of Women: Reading Female Allegory In Veronese’s Paintings, and Leone Ebreo’s Dialogues,” at Modern Language Association of Pacific annual conference, at Scripps College, Claremont California, November 2003.
“Simulacra and images in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili,” at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii. January 2003.
“Sentieri della distanza nel Bruto Minore di G. Leopardi”, at the American Association of Italian Studies annual conference, University of Missouri Columbia, MS. April 2002.
“Tasso e l’immaginario della dualitą” at the Speroni Conference “Liberate la Liberata”, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, March 2002.
“Incipit and excipit in Italo Calvino’s Dell’Opaco” at the conference “Lettura come sperimentazione: Italo Calvino e l’Oulipo”, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, December 1999.
Research and Presentations in Teaching Pedagogies and Methodologies
“Teaching Italian with Italian Literature”, at American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Conference, San Diego, California, November 2009.
“Teaching beginning Italian with the help of literature” at the UC Language Consortium’s Biennial Conference, Santa Barbara, California, April 2008.
Dialogues of Love, a new translation of Leone Ebreo’ Dialoghi D’Amore, edited by Rossella Pescatori, translated by Cosmos D. Bacich and Rossella Pescatori, Da Ponte Editions: University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2009.
“Dante e l’Invidia,” in Viator Multilingual, vol. 41, 2010, p. 259-68.
“Elementi cabalistici in Giovanni Pico della Mirandola e Leone Ebreo”, in Annali di Italianistica, vol. 26, 2008, p. 91-114.
"I Dialoghi d'Amore di Leone Ebreo: Una nuova traduzione inglese. Considerazioni sul testo e sulla lingua”, in Bruniana & Campanelliana, XIV, 2, 2008, p. 497-510.
“The myth of the Androgyne in Leone Ebreo’s Dialoghi D’Amore,” In Comitatus vol.38, 2007, p. 115-28.
“Images and Simulacra of the Soul: Reading Female Allegory In Veronese’s Paintings, and Leone Ebreo’s Dialogues in, Cadernos de Estudios Sefarditas, vol. 6, Lisboa, Portugal, 2006, p.133-48
B. Newman’s God And the Goddess, in Comitatus, a Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Vol. 35 (2004)
A. Hollywood’s Sensible Ecstasy, in Comitatus, a Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Vol. 35 (2004)
D. Camillocci, I devoti della caritą, in Comitatus, a Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Vol. 35 (2004)
Beecher, Ciavolella, Fedi (ed.), Ariosto today, in Comitatus, a Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Vol. 35 (2004)
F. W. Kent, Lorenzo de’ Medici and the Art of Magnificence, in Comitatus, a Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Vol. 36 (2005)
Thomas V. Cohen, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy, in Comitatus, a Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Vol. 36 (2005)
D. A. Monson, Andreas Capellanus, in Comitatus, a Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Vol. 37 (2006)
R. Kuhns, Decameron, and the Philosophy of Storytelling, in Comitatus, a Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Vol. 37 (2006)
F. Ohly, Sensus Spiritualis, in Comitatus, a Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Vol. 37 (2006)
Olivia Holmes, Dante’s Two Beloveds. Ethics and Erotics in the Divine Comedy, in Comitatus, a Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Vol. 39 (2009)
Italian (native), Latin, French, Spanish.
Some knowledge of Hebrew
Chancellor Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of California Los Angeles (2003-2004)
Tuition Grant, University of California, Los Angeles (1999 to 2004)
European Studies Fellowship (2002)
Cecchetti travel fellowship (2001)
EAP program scholarship (1997)
ATA (American Translation Association)
AAIS (American Association of Italian Scholars)
AATI (American Association of Italian Teacher)
ACTFL (American Council teaching foreign languages)
MLA (Modern Language Association)
RSA (Renaissance Society of America)
Faculty Advisor for Italian Club at El Camino College, 2009 to present
Italian Classes Coordinator for Fondazione Italia, no profit association dedicated in assisting families with Italian heritage, 2007 to present.