Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies
Contact & Office Hours
Hatfield Hall 314
M.A., University of Venice
M.A., University of London
B.A., University of Parma
A native of northern Italy, Bruno Grazioli has been a faculty member at Smith College since 2007, where he has taught a wide range of courses: from Italian language classes at the beginner’s level to advanced conversation and writing, Introduction to Italian Culture and Survey of Italian Literature until the most recent course on Italian Design.
Grazioli’s academic interests focus on 19th-century Italian culture and the process of national identity formation. His doctoral dissertation explores the synergy between medievalism and national identity in historical novels of the early 19th century, and how their authors were instrumental in promoting emotional adhesion to an idealized Italian national community before the unification
Grazioli is also interested in the development of new language learning and teaching methodologies and of students' intercultural sensitivity. He obtained a master's degree with a specific focus on language acquisition and intercultural competence from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and he has collaboratively designed a new interdepartmental course on intercultural competence and communication for prospective study abroad students. The course, titled Becoming Foreign: Acquiring Global Competence to Study Abroad, will be offered for the first time in the spring semester of 2018 at Smith.
He serves as the faculty liaison for the Smith College Italian club, promoting the development of students' extracurricular activities and supervising the organization of the club's calendar of events.