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romance languages and literatures


Gimeno Ugalde, Esther. "¿Noves dislocacions (culturals), nous espais (disciplinaris)? Els Estudis Catalans dins els Estudis Ibèrics al segle XXI", International Seminar: "Os Estudios Ibéricos: Novos Espaços," University of Lisbon, May 27, 2016.

Mormando, Franco. "The Evolving Profile of the 'Witch' in Early Renaissance Europe: The Trial of Matteuccia of Todi, 1428." Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 21st Interdisciplinary Conference, February 6, 2016, Scottsdale, AZ.

Mormando, Franco. "Did Bernini's Ecstasy of Saint Teresa Cross a Seventeenth-Century Line of Decorum? Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, March, 2016.

Mormando, Franco. "Michelangelo: The Life and Works of the Renaissance Genius." The Phoenix Art Museum (Docent Formation Program), Phoenix, Arizona, February 5, 2016.



Mormando, Franco. "Art and the Bubonic Plague: How Did Art Help People Cope with Medical Disaster in Pre- modern Times?" Presentation for the Harvard University course, "Science of Living Systems 26: The Toll of Infection: Understanding Disease in Scientific, Social, and Cultural Contexts," Donald Goldmann, MD, instructor.

Mormando, Franco. "How to Become a Celebrity Public Speaker: Instructions from Bernardino of  Siena, Popular Preacher of Quattrocento Italy," Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 21st Interdisciplinary Conference, February 7, 2015, Scottsdale, AZ.

Newmark, Kevin. "Allegory in Tatters: 'Les Sept Vieillards," Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium Princeton University, November, 2015.

Newmark, Kevin. “Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Baudelaire’s Modernité, Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth College, October, 2015.

Rhodes, Elizabeth. "Behind Closed Doors: Luisa de Carvajal and the Abuse of Domestic Devotions." Domestic Devotions in the Early Modern World (independent conference). Cambridge University [UK]. July 2015.



Beckjord, Sarah. “Memory and Poetry in the Comentarios reales (1609).” Annual Convention of the Renaissance Society of America, Montreal. March 28, 2014.

Falconi, Silvana. “La clase invertida de ELE: ¡A practicar español en clase!” VI Congreso Nacional de Investigaciones Lingüístico-Filológicas, Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima, Peru, August 2014.

Falconi, Silvana. “Incorporating Culture and Literature through Digital Tools in Spanish for Business,” Spanish Language Faculty Development Program, Teaching Spanish for Business: A Global Approach, Universidad de Salamanca, Ávila, Spain, July 2014.

Gimeno Ugalde, Esther. “Trabajar con cortometrajes,” workshop offered at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL), Boston, March 27, 2014.

Javel, Andrea. 2014 EDCO Collaborative. Caribbean Voices: Literature, Film and History of the French West Indies. Three-day workshop in Lexington, MA, July 9 – 11 for local middle and high school French teachers.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Literary Pluralism,” Invited Plenary Participant on Gender and Sexuality Caribbean Studies Association Annual Meeting Navigating the Intersections. Mérida, Mexico, May 2014.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “The Role of Literature and Film in Remembering the Rwandan Genocide,” Boston University Francophone Association (AFBU), April 2014.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Suffering Bodies, Healing Texts,” InterVarsity Black Students and Professionals (BSAP) Annual Conference, Lesley College, Cambridge MA, April 2014.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Memwa se paswa: Sifting through the Slave Past in Haiti.” Do You Want to Be Well Symposium. African-American Studies Program, Georgetown University, Washington DC, March 2014.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. Two panel presentations with screenings of Brascó and Cartoneros at the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEEF), Ithaca College, April 4, 2014.

Mormando, Franco. "Bernini: Impresario Supreme of Baroque Rome." Yale University, Institute of Sacred Music, April 26, 2014.

Newmark, Kevin. “Getting Out of Hand: Baudelaire’s Thyrse," Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium University of San Juan, October, 2014.

Newmark, Kevin. “Allegorical Capital,” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, New York University, March, 2014.



Acetoso, Mattia. “A Brief Introduction to Giuseppe Verdi’s Patriotism and his Political Operas.” Verdi 200th. A Celebration of Giuseppe Verdi’s Bicentenary (1813-2013). Boston College, MA. October 2013.

Acetoso, Mattia. “Daughter of Love: Umberto Saba, Giuseppe Verdi, and National Identity.” Concerts of Words: Italian Literature and Music. American Association of Italian Studies. Eugene, OR. April 2013.

Beckjord, Sarah. "Love in the Comentarios reales," Boston College, Radical Readings Workshop. Institute for the Liberal Arts, Chestnut Hill, MA. May 3, 2013.

Gimeno Ugalde, Esther. “Barcelona(s) de cine,” Universidad de Costa Rica (Escuela de Estudios Generales), November 25, 2013.

Gimeno Ugalde, Esther. Presentation of the network MICA (Red de Mujeres Iberoamericanas de Cine y Medios Audiovisuales), Universidad de Costa Rica, November 27, 2013.

Gimeno Ugalde, Esther. “Cuadros en movimiento. La pintura en el cine,” Universidad de Costa Rica (Facultad de Letras), November 28 2013.

Gimeno Ugalde, Esther. “La encrucijada bilingüe en la literatura. Reflexiones sociolingüísticas y literarias en torno a L’últim home que parlava català (Carles Casajuana),” Universitat de València, 3er Congreso Internacional de BETA, Asociación de Jóvenes Doctores en Hispanismo, May 24, 2013.

Gimeno Ugalde, Esther. “Polifonía y Otredad en el cine catalán contemporáneo. Susanna (1996), Saïd (1998), Forasters (2008) y Catalunya über alles (2011),” Tufts University, NeMLA 2013 Convention, March 22, 2013.

Gimeno Ugalde, Esther. “Between the Local and the Global: Polyglot Iberian Cinema,” Harvard University (Mahindra Center for Humanities), February 28, 2013.

Javel, Andrea. 2013 EDCO Collaborative. B comme bouquin, C comme cinéma. Four-day workshop in Waltham, MA, pairing contemporary French fiction and cinema. Fall 2013 – Spring 2014 for local middle and high school French teachers.

Javel, Andrea. 2013 EDCO Collaborative. French and Francophone Cinema: Where Cultures Collide. Three-day workshop in Waltham, MA, July 9 – 11 for local middle school and high school teachers from the Boston area.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “The Language of Lakay: Home and Diaspora in Haitian Texts,” Mount Holyoke French Department, Invited Lecture, South Hadley, MA, October 2013.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Beyond Phrases in a Box: Crossing Cultures and Creating Culture,” Milton Academy Invited Keynote Lecture. Milton, MA, May 2013.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. "Documentary Film," graduate seminar, University of Buenos Aires, Facultad de Medios y Comunicaciones, June 2013.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. "All in the Family: Nicolasito's Other Way," John Hopkins University, Program in Latin American Studies, Baltimore, Maryland, April 4, 2013.

Mormando, Franco. "Bernini: His Life and His Rome," public lecture given at The Kimbell Art Museum, Fort, Worth, Texas, March 2, 2013 and The Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, October 23, 2013.

Newmark, Kevin. “What do we mean when we say ‘allegory?’” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium University of Richmond, October, 2013.

Newmark, Kevin. “Irony on Occasion: Beginning with Kierkegaard,” Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University, February 19, 2013.

Rhodes, Elizabeth. "How Do We Solve a Problem like Luisa?: Luisa de Carvajal and Interpreting Writings of Early Modern Religious Women." Early Modern Religious: Comparative Contexts (independent conference). Newberry Library, Chicago, March 2013.



Acetoso, Mattia. “Frozen Little Hand: Opera as Alternative to the Avant-Garde.” Crises of Mind, Collapsing of Forms: Exploring Audiovisual Art and the Literature of the Avant-Garde, 1920-1940. American Comparative Literature Association. Providence, RI. April 2012.

Beckjord, Sarah. “Shipwreck and Spectacle in the Comentarios reales.” Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association. Brown University, Providence, RI. April 1, 2012.

Beckjord, Sarah. “Anecdotes of Love in the Comentarios Reales.” Annual Conference of the Renaissance Society of America, Montreal. March 23, 2012.

Gimeno Ugalde, Esther. “A ‘Polyphonic Play of Voices’: Heteroglossia, Polyglossia and Acoustic Otherness in Ventura Pons’ Cinema,” University of Colorado Denver, Conference Ventura Pons: The Unconventional Gaze of Catalan Cinema, October 5, 2012.

Javel, Andrea. 2012 Diversity Day Workshop, Métissage des cultures, Couleurs du Maghreb: l’histoire, la musique, le cinéma, la cuisine et la littérature maghrébine de langue française. Under the auspices of MaFLA (Massachusetts Foreign Language Association).

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Imaginative Leaps: Rape and Narrative Autonomy in Haiti.” Invited Plenary Speaker on Haitian Women in Action, 24th Annual Haitian Studies Association Conference. York College, New York, NY, November 2012.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Diaspora Disavowed: New Directions in Haitian Studies,” Africana Studies Department Colloquia, Brown University, Providence, RI, March 2012.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Survivors and Citizens: Media Representations of Rape in Post-Earthquake Haiti,” Caribbean Studies Association, Le Gosier, Guadeloupe, May 2012.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Écriture féminine ou écriture féministe?: Unpacking Haitian Women’s Writing,” Caribbean Studies Association, Le Gosier, Guadeloupe, May 2012.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Diaspora Disavowed: New Directions in Haitian Studies,” Africana Studies Department Colloquia, Brown University, Providence, RI, March 2012.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Histoire du mouvement contre la violence faite aux femmes en Haïti.”Organisation pour le développement, la santé et l’éducation. Port-au-Prince, Haiti, March 2012.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Beyond Resilience: New Narratives of Haiti,” Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Black History Month Lecture. Woods Hole, MA, February 2012.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Mapping the Americas,” Dr. Milton Ellis Memorial Event, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, October 4, 2012.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Videopoetics,” presentation of exhibition co-curated by Ernesto Livon Grosman, McNally Jackson Bookstore, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY, May 4, 2012.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Tribute to Jorge Santiago Perednik," McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY, May 11, 2012.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Looking Out to See In: Nicolasito Guillén Landrián’s Other Strategy,” Society for Film and Media Studies, Boston, March 23, 2012.

Mormando, Franco. "Bernini's Models in Clay: What the Biographical Sources Reveal," paper given in the symposium, "Bernini Beyond Clay," Harvard University, the Mahindra Humanities Center, Nov. 16, 2012.

Mormando, Franco. "Bernini and the Baroque Transformation of the Catholic Imagination," public lecture, Villanova University, Oct. 2, 2012, sponsored by the Villanova Office of the Vice President for Mission and Ministry.

Mormando, Franco. "Bernini: His Life and His Rome." The Lauro De Bosis Colloquium in Italian Literature, Harvard University, Feb. 6, 2012.

Mormando, Franco. "Bernini and His Rome," public lecture at the Italian Institute for Culture, San Francisco, Feb. 17, 2012.

Newmark, Kevin. “Poetry, Prose, Penury: What You See is What You Don’t Get in Baudelaire’s ‘Yeux des Pauvres,’ ” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium, North Carolina State University, October, 2012.

Newmark, Kevin. “Unbelievable: Jacques Derrida and ‘Religion,’ ” Conference Organizer, Boston College, April 26-27, 2012.

Newmark, Kevin. “The Unspeakable Secret: Traumatic Blanks in the Testimony of Maurice Blanchot” Boston College Conference, “After the Unthinkable: Trauma, Nachträglichkeit, and Coming to Terms," Boston College, March, 2012.

Rhodes, Elisabeth. "María de Zayas and the Gothic Aesthetic." Special session, Renaissance Society of America, Folger Library, Washington DC, March 2012.

Shepard, Laurie. “Compromised Utopia: The Comedies of Gli Intronati of Siena.” Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, January 5-8, 2012.



Acetoso, Mattia. "The Importance of Teaching Training.” Pedagogy Workshop 2011. Yale Center for Language Study. Yale University. August 2011.

Acetoso, Mattia. “Drafting your first Syllabus for a Literature or a Film Course.” Advanced Language, Literature and Film Series. Yale Graduate Teaching Center. Yale University. April 2011.

Acetoso, Mattia. “I bambini ci guardano ancora: The Portrayal of Youth in Garrone’s Gomorra.” American Association of Italian Studies. Pittsburgh, PA. April 2011.

Beckjord, Sarah. “Theaters of the Imagination in Inca Garcilaso de la Vega’s Comentarios Reales.” Annual Conference of the Renaissance Society of America, Montreal. March 25, 2011.

Beckjord, Sarah. “Performances of the Imagination in the Comentarios Reales by Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.” MLA Annual Conference, Los Angeles. January 8, 2011.

Bold, Steven. “From the Gazette to the Mercure galant: Journalism and Literature in 17th-century France.” Western Society for French History annual conference, Portland, Oregon, November 2011.

Gimeno Ugalde, Esther. “Iberian Languages in Cinema,” University of Lisbon, Exploratory Workshop Looking at Iberia from a Comparative European Perspective, project funded by the European Science Foundation, October 14, 2011. (by invitation)

Gimeno Ugalde, Esther. “Directoras de cine en España: desde la democracia hasta hoy,” University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), May 26, 2011. (by invitation)

Gimeno Ugalde, Esther. “Cinema català: noves perspectives i nous reptes per a la llengua catalana,” University of Lisbon, Conference ACT 25 Catalunya_Catalunha, April 11, 2011. (by invitation)

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Crisis Among the Living: Catastrophe and the Humanities in Post-Earthquake Haiti,” Africana Studies and the Fate of the Humanities. Brown University, Providence, RI, December 2011.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Revolutionary Dreams: The Global Black Feminist Imagination.” Keynote Lecture. The Women of Color Collective. University of Washington, Seattle, May 2011.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Performing the Haitian Diaspora: the Evolution of Wyclef Jean.” Black History Month Keynote Lecture. Clark University, Worcester MA, February 2011.

Jean-Charles, Régine. Public Radio International. WGBH. The Callie Crossley Show. Discussion about Lynn Nottage’s Ruined and Rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. February 2011.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Hearing Haiti’s Voices: History, Culture and Catastrophe.” Weston/Wayland Interfaith Council Keynote Address. Weston, MA, January 2011.

Jean-Charles, Régine. Ruined, Talkback/post-play discussion. The Huntington Theater. Boston, MA, January 2011.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Technicians of the Sacred,” lecture at commemorative event, “Jerome Rothenberg @ 80,” Martin E. Segal Theatre, City University of New York, New York, December 9, 2011.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Looking Out to See In: Nicolasito Guillén Landrián’s Other Strategy,” Caribbean Philosophical Association, Rutgers Univeristy, New Brunswick, September 30, 2011.

Mormando, Franco. "A Newly Discovered Bernini Workshop Presentation Drawing for a Tomb Monument." The Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, March 25, 2011.

Mormando, Franco. "Bernini as Playwright, Director, and Scenographer: The State of the Question." Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Phoenix, AZ, February 12, 2011.

Rhodes, Elizabeth. "Reading Baroque: Desengaño 4 by María de Zayas." Public lecture, Brandeis University, 4 April 2011.

Rhodes, Elizabeth. "The Devil and the Saint: the Case of Teresa de Jesús." American Historical Association, Boston, January 2011.

Shepard, Laurie. “Father v. Son in Renaissance Florentine Comedy: ‘Se le fortezze e moltre altre cose che ogni giorno si fanno da’ principi, per conservazione del loro stato, sono utili o non’ (Machiavelli, Il principe XX).” Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, March 24-26, 2011.

Wood Lange, Catherine. "Concha Piquer's Uniqueness in La Dolores (1940) and Filigrana (1949)." Presented at the Gynocine Conference at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, October 2011.



Beckjord, Sarah. “Literacy and the Imagination in Inca Garcilaso de la Vega’s Comentarios Reales.” Atlantic World Literacies Conference. University of North Carolina, Greensboro, October 7-9, 2010.

Bruckner, Matilda. “Laughter Where You Least Expect It: The Puzzling Pleasures of Humor.” Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Yale University, New Haven, 18-20 March 2010.

Bruckner, Matilda. “Speaking Through Animals in Marie de France’s Lais and Fables,” Public Lecture, Hamilton College, March 1, 2010.

Javel, Andrea. “100%.” With Debbie Rusch, invited to conduct a workshop at La Salle Academy, Providence, RI, April 10, 2010.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “’We Have Stumbled, But We Have Not Fallen:’ Rebuilding Haiti in the Names of Myriam Lerlet, Anne-Marie Coriolan and Magali Marcelin.” 12th Meeting of the Association of Caribbean Women and Writers and Scholars Conferences, Baton Rouge, LA, April 2010.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “’Your House is Your Island’: Narratives of Home in Haitian Women’s Texts.” 12th Meeting of the Association of Caribbean Women and Writers and Scholars Conferences, Baton Rouge, LA, April 2010.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Battles on Bodies: Staging Rape and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Lynn Nottage’s Ruined.” Callaloo Conference, University of Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa Ethiopia, July 2010.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Beyala’s Le roman de Pauline, Sapphire’s Push: Black Girl Narratives of Dysfunction in the African Diaspora.” Invited Lecture. Walter Rodney African Studies Seminar Series, Boston University, April 2010.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Can the Subaltern Survivor Speak? Documentary Film and Black Rape Survivors.” Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, Berkeley, CA, March 2010.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Contextualizing Crisis: Resilience, Recovery, and Rebuilding in the World’s First Black Republic.” Panel Series Moderator and Co-planner. Boston College, February 2010.

Lamparska, Rena. “Giacomo Leopardi: poetica e scienza.” XXXth Annual Conference of the American Association for Italian Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. "A Different Model of Femininity: Concha Piquer en La Dolores (1940) and Filigrana (1949)." Memory in World Cinema Conference, San Antonio, Texas, September 2010.

Mormando, Franco. "Nothing as It Seems: Annotations (Reconstructive and Deconstructive) upon Domenico Bernini's Vita del Cav. Gio. Lorenzo Bernini."  New College Biennial Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, FL, March 2010.

Rhodes, Elizabeth. "Gender, History, and Luisa de Carvajal's Letters." Luisa de Carvajal, Her Life, Times and Works. Valladolid, Spain. June 2010.

Rhodes, Elizabeth. "Las vidas de Francisco de Borja y la cuestión del género." Congreso internacional Francisco de Borja y su tiempo. Valencia, Spain. April 2010.

Rhodes, Elizabeth. "María de Zayas and St. Beatriz of Rome." Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Forum for the Study of Early Modern Women in Continental Europe. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. September 2010.

Shepard, Laurie. "Guido Cavalcanti among the Tombstones." 2010 First Triennial International Boccaccio Conference. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, April 30-May 1, 2010.

Shepard, Laurie. "Paradiso VIII," A Public Reading of the Divine Comedy at Boston College, January 2010.

Shepard, Laurie. "The Poetics of Authority in the Vita Nova." The Eighteenth Annual Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Interdisciplinary Symposium on "Authorship," University of Miami, Coral Gables, February 19-20, 2010.

Shepard, Laurie. "The Power of the Word." Conference on The Pamphilj and the Arts: Patronage and Consumption in Baroque Rome. Boston College, October 15-16, 2010.



Beckjord, Sarah. “Don Quixote and the Discourses of History.” NEMLA conference, Boston, February 28, 2009.

Bruckner, Matilda. “Marie de France and the Anonymous Lais.” 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 7-10, 2009.

Bruckner, Matilda. “Violence, Peace and Justice in the Roman de Troie: antique romance meets feudal practice.” New England Medieval Conference, “Law and Justice in the Middle Ages.” Cambridge, MA, 31 October 2009.

Javel, Andrea. “Sense and Sensibility: Reading through the Senses”, co-presented with Aliza Schneller, ACTFL Conference, San Diego, 2009.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Subverting the [Sub]text: Junot Diaz, Zadie Smith, and ‘The Poorest Country in the Western Hemisphere.’” American Literature Association, Boston MA, May 2009.

Jean-Charles, Régine. “Visionaries, Violence and Visual Images: Documentary Film and Sexual Violence.” Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora Conference, Ghana West Africa, August 2009.

Lange, Catherine Wood. "A Twofer: Culture (via film, text, song) & Functional Language." Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York City, April 16-18, 2009.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Cartoneros” screening and talk as part of “Cultures of Democracy.” University of California at Irvine, April 11, 2009.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Cartoneros” screening and talk. Argentine Embassy. Washington, DC as part of the “DC Environmental Film Festival,” March 13, 2009.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Cartoneros” screening and talk. Invited Speaker. Aston University, Birmingham, UK, April 28, 2009.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Cartoneros” screening and talk. Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas (LLILAS), March 24, 2009.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. “Cartoneros” screening and talk. University of California at San Marcos, April 9, 2009.

Livon-Grosman, Ernesto. Expo-Trastienda, “Sobre la relación entre palabra e imagen.” Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 16, 2009.

Mormando, Franco. "A Pope's Banquet and a Jesuit's Oration for a Newly Converted Queen: Alexander VII, Gian Paolo Oliva, and Christina of Sweden, Dec. 26, 1655," Sixteenth Century Conference, Geneva, May 28, 2009.

Newmark, Kevin. “Bewildering: the Passage from Language to Politics in the Writing of Paul de Man,” Lecture sponsored by the U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Council, International Conference, “Paul de Man’s Political Archive,” University of California Irvine, April 2009.

Newmark, Kevin. “Death in Venice: How the Arts put Society at Risk,” The Arts in Society 4th International Conference, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice, Italy, July 2009.

Newmark, Kevin. “The Prose in Baudelaire’s Poetry: Two Petits Poèmes en Prose,” Seminar sponsored by the Comparative Literature and French Departments, Emory University, November 13, 2009.

Newmark, Kevin. “Thinking Poorly: Some Wan Reflections of the Political in Baudelaire’s Poetry,” MLA, Philadelphia, December 2009.

Newmark, Kevin. “Who Needs Poetry? Baudelaire, Benjamin, and the Modernity of ‘Le Cygne’,” Lecture sponsored by the Comparative Literature and French Departments, Emory University, November 12, 2009.

Rosser, Harry. “Conversaciones con Moctezuma en Llanto: novelas imposibles de Carmen Boullosa”, American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM, July, 2009.



Javel, Andrea. Vanborre, Emmanuelle (Ph.D. 2007). "Learning to Read while Reading to Learn." Northeast Conference of the Teaching of Foreign Languages, New York City, March 2008.

Lamparska, Rena. "Gregorio Caloprese: letteratura e scienza" and "La complessità e la conflittualità della realtà poetica come motivo ispiratorio della teoria letteraria di Gregorio Caloprese." Institute of Romance Philology of the Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, March 2008.

Mormando, Franco. "Raphael's Disputa at the Vatican: Neither Disputation nor Eucharist," presentation at UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Series on "Disputation: Arguing In and Out of the University," April 22, 2008.

Mormando, Franco. "Nothing as It Seems: Annotations (Reconstructive and Deconstructive) upon Domenico Bernini's Vita del Cav. Gio. Lorenzo Bernini." Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 4, 2008. 



Lamparska, Rena. "Scienza e filosofia nella teoria e nella critica letteraria di Gregorio Caloprese." Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, November 2007.

Lange, Catherine Wood. "Becoming Eva Perón: Eva Duarte's Performance in La cabalgata del circo (1946) and La pródiga (1946)." Cine-Lit VI Conference: An International Conference on Hispanic Film and Literature in Portland, Oregon, February 2007.

Mormando, Franco. "Bernini's Religion." Sixteenth Century Studies Annual Conference, Minneapolis, October 2007.



Beckjord, Sarah. "Bernal Díaz and the Territories of History." Division on Colonial Literature, MLA Annual Convention, December 27-30, 2006.

Beckjord, Sarah. "Science and Religion in the Early Spanish Historiography of America." Society of Early Americanists, Old Town Alexandria, VA, March 31-April 2, 2006.

Beckjord, Sarah. "Race, Culture and Memory in the Cuban Literary Tradition." Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Cuba Seminar, March 15, 2006.

Lange, Catherine Wood. "An Icon is Born: Eva Perón in the Noticiarios Documentales Cinematográficos (NO-DO)." 3rd Romance Languages Film Symposium, Wake Forest University, October 13, 2006.

Mormando, Franco. "Pestilence, Apostasy and Heresy in Seventeenth-Century Rome: Deciphering Michael Sweerts' Plague in an Ancient City," Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Aberdeen (Scotland), Conference on: "Icons and Iconoclasts, 1603-1714," July 20, 2006.

Mormando, Franco. "Naked to Follow the Naked Christ: The Franciscans and the Late Medieval Destiny of Jerome's Ascetic Adage." Harvard University, Humanities Center Seminar on Medieval Studies, March 20, 2006.

Mormando, Franco. "Michael Sweerts' Plague in an Ancient City (Rome, ca. 1650): Deciphering the Enigma." Fifteenth Biennial New College Conference on Medieval-Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, Florida, March 9, 2006.

Mormando, Franco. "Ambiguous Baroque: The Sensual, the Sexual and the Sacred in Devotional Art of Seventeenth-Century Italy," The Luce Program in Scripture and Literary Arts, Boston University, Feb. 23, 2006.

Rhodes, Elizabeth. "From Spirit to Structure: The Constitutions and the Formation of Jesuit Culture" on the Catholic activist Luisa de Carvajal (1566-1614), who preached to infidels in London when priests were not allowed in England. Rome, Italy, October 2006.

Shepard, Laurie. "Children in the Middle Ages." Five College Medieval Studies Seminar, UMass, Amherst, October 26, 2006.

Shepard, Laurie. "Gender Markers in Childhood Sacraments." Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (sponsor), Renaissance Society of America, San Francisco, March 23-25, 2006.



Beckjord, Sarah. "Infidels, Heretics, and History according to Las Casas." Program of the Division on Colonial Literature, MLA Annual Convention, December 27-30, 2005.

Beckjord, Sarah. "Informing 'Indians': Science and Religion in the Histories of Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo." Colonial Americas Study Association Symposium, Bogotá, Colombia, August 8-11, 2005.

Lange, Catherine Wood. "A Tale of Two First Ladies: Eva Perón and Carmen Polo de Franco in the Noticiarios Documentales Cinematográficos (NO-DO)." Cultural Studies Association, University of Arizona, April 2005.

Mormando, Franco. "Using Art to Teach Italian Culture and History," presentation at the "Professional Development Course on AP Italian Language and Literature, for High School Teachers" sponsored by the Consulate of Italy in Boston and the National Italian American Foundation, Boston College, June 4, 2005.

Mormando, Franco. "Michael Sweerts's Plague in an Ancient City (Rome, ca. 1650): Deciphering the Enigma," presentation at the Annual New England Renaissance Conference, "Piety and Plague in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe," Holy Cross College, April 23, 2005.

Shepard, Laurie. "Laughing in the Face of Tragedy." American Association of Italian Studies, Chapel Hill, April 14-17, 2005.



Mormando, Franco.  "Bernardino of Siena: The Dynamics of His Preaching Performance," paper given at conference, "Charisma and Religious Authority: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Preaching, 1200-1600," Queen Mary College, University of London, July 26, 2004.

Mormando, Franco. "Preaching in the Shadow of the Plague: A Sermon by Francesco Panigarola, Bologna, 1577." Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, April 2004, New York.