The UHM Italian program offers Elementary and Intermediate Italian language classes that include practice in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) but which focus particularly on developing students’ abilities to communicate. Students who wish to continue studying Italian at the advanced level may arrange an individualized program at a language school or university in Italy through the UHM Study Abroad Program.


Guido Carlo Pigliasco

Guido Carlo Pigliasco

Moore Hall 482
1890 East-West Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-8520

Guido Carlo Pigliasco, a native of Milano, received his J.D. from the University of Milano and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Hawai‘i where he lectures at the Department of Anthropology and at the Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas. He has conducted research in Sāmoa, Hawai‘i, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Rapa Nui, Fiji and in the rural Italian milieu on the cultural property and commodification of ritual performances. He uses visual images and technologies in research and has combined academic with applied work. Taking after a bibliophile father –a pupil of Benedetto Croce– and a mother whose literary talent was discovered by Dino Buzzati, he soon became a regular contributor with Italian newspapers, magazines and television, for which he has written ten film-documentaries on the Pacific region (R.T.I. Mediaset, 1992-1993). In 2000 he published Paradisi Inquieti (Torino: EDT), a collage of field notes deflating the touristic clichés associated with the iconic “South Seas” and unveiling the buried stories of the Italians in Oceania. A long-time member of the Friends of Italy Society of Hawai’i, he is the promoter and organizer of the Italian Cinema program at Mānoa.



Nadia Inserra

Incoronata (Nadia) Inserra

Moore Hall 482, 1890 East-West Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808)-956-8520

Incoronata (Nadia) Inserra received her Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa with a specialization in transnational Italian cultural studies, folklore, and performance, along with translation and adaptation studies.

Her book Global Tarantella: Reinventing Southern Italian Folk Music and Dances is forthcoming with the University of Illinois Press (2017). She has also published peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and translations in Italian and Italian-American journals and volumes. Her current interests include transnational migration in Europe and the Mediterranean and digital Italian folklore studies.

Currently, Nadia teaches in both LLEA and English Departments at UHM; as a lecturer of Italian, she has taught beginning and intermediate Italian language courses, as well as courses in Italian cinema. She also taught an English introductory film course in The Italian South through Film. She is scheduled to teach again her online course in Film and Migration in Italy and Mediterranean in the summer of 2017.

For the French and Italian Division, Nadia has curated the Southern Italian Folk Music and Dance Workshop (2006-2013), featuring the internationally renowned Italian artist Alessandra Belloni. In 2009, she was awarded the UH Mānoa June Chun Naughton Award in Leadership Achievement for her work in promoting multicultural activities at UHM. Since 2012, she has also overseen the Italian Table of Conversation and initiated the annual Italian Easter Sunday Picnic at Magic Island. She is the curator of the Italian program’s Facebook page, Italiano@UHManoa, and founder of the Italian Club.

Nadia currently serves as the Italian Representative of the Hawaii Association of Language Teachers (HALT) and as co-convener of the Mediterranean Studies Section of the American Folklore Society.


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