People

Faculty

Ombretta Frau

Professor of Italian, Department of Classics & Italian Chair, Theatre Arts Steering Committee

Ombretta Frau's scholarly interests include Luigi Pirandello, nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Italian journals, modern philology, and women writers. Frau teaches both language and literature courses, including Sorelle di penna; Literature and Fascism; Liars, Pranksters and Jesters on the Italian Stage; and Travellers in Modern Italian Literature. Her classes incorporate many pedagogical tools, including film and music, and she believes in creating a relaxed and friendly classroom atmosphere that encourages communication.

Ombretta Frau, Chair and Professor of Classics and Italian, Chair of Theatre Arts Steering Committee

Morena Svaldi

Language Instructor in Italian - Department of Classics & Italian and Faculty Director of the Language Assistant Program

Morena Svaldi worked for many years in Italy in the field of psychology and published articles about the connection between communication, relationships, and mental health. Her research initerest include teaching methodology and pedagogy in second language acquisition, helping students with learning disabilities, and Italian intonation and regional accents. Svaldi is particularly interested in technological strategies to involve students in learning Italian language and culture.

Morena Svaldi infront of a stone relief