Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
In Italian language classes, we work to expand students' understanding of Italian identity, encouraging them to see that italianità comes in many forms. We discuss linguistic and cultural differences within Italy, thinking about questions of dialect and the so-called North-South divide. We explore the works of marginalized figures in Italian society, from women writers in the Renaissance to contemporary Black Italian artists. We also discuss the issue of gender and the Italian language, examining current debates on gender-neutral pronouns and the gendering of professional titles. Students thus gain perspective on the Italian experience and then consider how they might define their own varied identities. Italian film classes address the perception of Italian culture and themes that have historically been associated with the Italian and Italian American experience, from the North vs. South divide to gender, immigration, and changes in the perception of Italy as a multicultural nation.
Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures
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