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Congratulations to Dr. Luca Cottini on the publication of his book THE ART OF OBJECTS: THE BIRTH OF ITALIAN INDUSTRIAL CULTURE, 1878-1928 that will be available June 2018. The Art of Objects is a cultural history of early Italian industrialism, set against the political, social, and intellectual background of post-unification Italy, and a cutting-edge investigation of the formation of Italy’s industrial culture at the turn of the 20th century. By adopting the unusual perspective of several objects of mass consumption, such as watches, photographs, bicycles, gramophones, cigarettes, and toys, Dr. Luca Cottini examines their transformation from commercial items into aesthetic and philosophical icons.

Dr. Mercedes Juliá was second reader in the Ph. D. Dissertation of Estefanía Tocado Orviz, former Graduate Student in the Hispanic Studies Graduate Program at Villanova University.  Dr. Juliá participated in Estefanía Tocado´s Doctoral Thesis Defense titled “Metaficción historiográfica: Memoria e identidad en la narrativa textual y fílmica española y británica posmoderna.” The defense took place on April 28th at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.  We would like to extend our Heartfelt Congratulations to Dr. Estefanía Tocado for her achievements. She will be Assistant Professor next academic year at Bucknell University.

Dr. Mercedes Juliá has been invited to participate in the Course “Juan Ramón Jiménez y América; viajes y exilios” organized by the International University of Andalucía and the Juan Ramón Jiménez Endowment. The event will take place during July 24-26 in La Rábida, Huelva. Dr. Juliá will lecture on “El destino errante de Juan Ramón Jiménez” (Juan Ramón Jiménez and his Uncertain Destiny).

Drs. Etienne Achille and Hibba Abugideiri obtained a grant for a new interdisciplinary, team-taught course: “France, North Africa, and Modern Violence” by the Interdisciplinary Grant Program.

Dr. Mercedes Juliá was invited to give the Closing address: ”En Nueva York con Juan Ramón Jiménez y Antonio Muñoz Molina”  at the Cursos de verano. Universidad Internacional de Andalucía y Cátedra Juan Ramón Jiménez, La Rábida, Huelva, 22 de Julio, 2016. 

Dr. Cristina Percoco has been awarded the Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellowship for First Year Faculty, focused on learning, teaching, and assessment in higher education as well as scholarly teaching sponsored by VITAL that supports full-time, first-year faculty members at Villanova University

Dr. Mercedes Juliá was invited to participate in the International Symposium "One Hundred Years of Platero and I", (2014), at the University of Huelva, Spain.  Invited to the symposium were several Jiménez Scholars from different parts of the world.  

Dr. Mercedes Juliá was invited to deliver a lecture at the University of Maryland (College Park) to Celebrate the Centenary of the Publication of Platero y yo by Juan Ramón Jiménez, the second most read book in the Spanish language after Don Quixote. In the picture, Dr. Graciela Palau de Nemes, fourth from left, Dr. Carmen Benito, Dr. Mercedes Juliá, and Dr. José María Naharro Calderón, together with graduate students of the University of Maryland’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Dr. Luca Cottini is the recipient of the 2014 ISSNAF award for the Humanities presented to the best manuscript by an Italian scholar who resides in North America. The manuscript is published by The University of Toronto Press. The Art of Objects. Designing Italy’s Way to Modernity (18778-1928) focuses on the emergence of industrial modernity in Italy at the turn of the 20th century.

Dr. Adriano Duque has been chosen as this year's recipient of the Villanova Outstanding Faculty Mentor Teaching Award.

Dr. Carmen Peraita has been invited to participate in the research group titled "Estudio bibliográfico, analítico y documental de la segunda parte del Quijote," directed by Dr. Victor Infantes de Miguel from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid.