Romance Languages and Literatures

Veronica Vegna

Senior Lecturer, Italian Language Coordinator, and Languages Across the Curriculum Coordinator

Office: 

Gates-Blake 234

Phone Number: 

773.702.2542

Email: 

Education: 

  • Doctor of Modern Languages, Middlebury College
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education – Modern Languages (Spanish and Italian), University of Cumbria, Lancaster, UK
  • Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere (English and Spanish), Università di Palermo, Italy
  • Laurea in Giornalismo, Università di Palermo, Italy
Program(s): Italian Studies

Veronica Vegna specializes in teacher training, foreign language acquisition and contemporary Italian cinema. Her doctoral dissertation examined representations of gender dynamics in mafia contexts in contemporary Italian cinema. She teaches Italian language, culture, cinema, and foreign language acquisition theory and pedagogy. She also coordinates the Italian Language Program and the Languages Across the Curriculum Program. 

Veronica’s interests and publications are on language and culture acquisition, contemporary Italian cinema (in particular cinematic representations of women in relation to the Mafia), Italian-American literature and literature of migration. She is currently working on a project that explores ways of raising cultural awareness in language classes through the use of social media.

Book

  • Donne, mafia e cinema. Una prospettiva interdisciplinare. Ravenna: Longo Editore, 2017.
    Review: Oblio, VII, 25 (2017), pp. 166-169.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

  • “La mafia senza gloria in Placido Rizzotto”, Luci e Ombre, www.rivistalucieombre.com (Summer 2016)
  • Review of Piazza: luogo di incontri, in Quaderni di italianistica, vol 36:1 (2015): 281-284
  • “Il ruolo della madre in relazione alla mafia ne I cento passi”, in Il cinema di Marco Tullio Giordana. Interventi critici, Vecchiarelli Editore (2014): 69-80
  • “La mafia al femminile: un’analisi di Angela di Roberta Torre”, in Incontri culturali tra due mondi, Metauro Edizioni (2014): 249-258
  • “Identità e percezione dell’immigrato italiano negli USA”, Voices in Italian Americana, Vol. 24, Nos 1 &2, Bordighera Press (2013): 27-32
  • “Madri e mafia ne I cento passi e ne La siciliana ribelle”, Luci e Ombre, www.rivistalucieombre.com, (March-April 2013): 88-94

Awards, Honors and Professional Experience

  •  Grants from the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning, The University of Chicago
  •  College Teaching Innovation Grants, The University of Chicago
  •  Fulbright Grant, Bard College, NY
  •  Italian language teaching award, Italian Ministry of Education and the British Council, London, UK
  •  Leonardo Project, European Commission 
  •  Erasmus project, European Commission, Zaragoza, Spain

Selected Courses Taught

  • Graduate seminar in foreign language acquisition theory and pedagogy
  • Elementary, intermediate and advanced Italian
  • Elementary, intermediate and advanced Spanish