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UT Martin to host Italian speaker Oct. 2-5


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin will host Luca Bonomi, president of the Società Dante Alighieri in Siena, Italy, on Oct. 2-5. Bonomi will not only appear as part of the UT Martin Academic Speaker Series on Oct. 3, but will also host several special presentations during his stay.

The Società Dante Alighieri is a language school, and Bonomi has traveled abroad promoting the school and its programs since 1999. He teaches courses in Italian language, culture, opera and the history of Italian cinema and hosts conferences on these subjects around the world.

Bonomi became associated with UT Martin when an interdisciplinary class of students traveled to Italy last spring to study the country’s culture, language, food and literature.

Bonomi will present two public presentations during his week-long campus visit. He will appear as part of the UT Martin Academic Speaker Series at 6 p.m., Oct. 3, in the Boling University Center’s Watkins Auditorium, where he will discuss “Music and Songs: A New Idea of Soundtracks in Italian Cinema, 1950s-60s.”

He will also give a presentation sponsored by the UT Martin Department of Music at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2, in the Fine Arts Building’s Blankenship Recital Hall, where he will address “Love, Sacrifice and Redemption in ‘La Traviata,’” an opera by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.

He is scheduled to present guest lectures for the departments of behavioral sciences and music and the College of Business and Global Affairs, spend time with students from UT Martin Honors Programs, and meet with faculty and administrators from seven academic departments during his stay.

For more information on Bonomi’s visit or travel opportunities to the Società Dante Alighieri, contact Dr. Joseph Ostenson, associate professor of psychology, at 731-881-7542 or email


PHOTO ID: Luca Bonomi, president of the Società Dante Alighieri in Siena, Italy

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