Simona Muratore, Senior Lecturer in Italian (PhD in Italian Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006): Language & cultural acquisition; advanced grammar and composition; Italian art, film and literature; community-engaged learning partnerships; Italian migrant literature; social media and social transformation; the Slow Food Movement; sustainable food.
Dr. Muratore is a graduate of the Università degli Studi di Firenze, where she earned a degree in pedagogy (Diploma di laurea in Pegagogia, 1996). In 1997, Dr. Muratore started teaching Italian language, culture and art in her native city of Florence, Italy, and subsequently, at several private and public institutions throughout, Italy, Australia and the United States. In 2003, Dr. Muratore earned a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, in 2006, a PhD in Italian Literature.
Dr. Muratore joined the Emory University Italian Studies Program as a Lecturer in 2006 and since then she has designed and taught several courses in Italian language, culture, literature and film. For the past several years, Dr. Muratore has been working in the design and implementation of a pedagogical approach to second language acquisition through a multidisciplinary analysis of the social and cultural forces that ushered the emergence of the Slow Food Movement: A decentralized social movement that originated in Italy in the early 1990’s to promote the implementation of “good, clean and fair” food production practices around the world.
Currently, Dr. Muratore is working on a book chapter titled, “The Language of Italian Food and the Flavors of Sustainability: think locally, act globally” for the volume Approaches to Developing Ecological Consciousness in the 21st Century Classroom book, in their Ecocrititcal Theory and Practice Series, Edited by Lucie Viakinnou-Brinson for Second Language Acquisition and Identity. She is also a co-convener for the African Literature Association Conference, a global gathering that will take place in Atlanta, GA, in April 2016.
Please contact Dr. Muratore if you are interested in learning more about the following: the Italian Club, the Slow Food Movement and sustainability at Emory, Clarkston Community Somali-Italian partnerships, Italian Studies events and visiting speakers.