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EDUCATION
 

 
The University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology – Chicago, IL                                                                                      
September 2006 – June 2012
  • Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology (defended dissertation on April 23, 2012; degree conferred on June 9, 2012)
  • Regional areas of interest: Italy, Cambodia, Viet Nam
  • Primary topics: emergence of popular movements, cults / sects; heritage / identity (particularly World Heritage discourses); (im)mobilities (pilgrimage, tourism, immigration, "acculturation"); comparative religions (Catholicism, Hindu, Buddhism); anthropology of food; development; revitalization movements
  • Dissertation: Making Saints, (Re)Making Lives: Pilgrimage and Revitalization in the Land of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
 
The University of Chicago, Division of the Social Sciences – Chicago, IL                                                                                       
September 2004 – June 2005
  • MA Social Sciences (anthropology of Cambodia, historic preservation, museum studies and tourism)
  • Thesis: The Heritage-scape: Converting Places of Local Interest into Sites of Universal Value

Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service – Washington, DC

August 1996 – May 2000
  • BS Foreign Service, Major: Culture and Politics
  • Certificate in European Studies
  • Thesis: Mito e l'immagine nella pietà popolare in Italia contemporanea / Myth and the Image in Contemporary Italian Popular Piety

 
Università degli Studi di Bologna, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia - Bologna, Italy                                                                      
September 2008 - June 2009                                                                             
  • Studies: anthropology, political science, contemporary Italian history, history of the Catholic Church, medieval popular movements
 
Università di Urbino "Carlo Bo", Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia - Urbino, Italy                                                                                      
Summers 1996, 1994, 1992
  • Studies: Italian language and composition

 

AWARDS

 
  • Hanna Holborn Gray - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Advanced Fellowship for the Humanistic Social Sciences (2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012: 3-year dissertation research/write up support)
  • Marion R. & Adolph J. Lichtstern Award, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, Spring 2011
  • Committee on South and Southeast Asian Studies (COSAS) Travel Grant, University of Chicago, Spring 2009
  • University of Chicago Overseas Dissertation Research Grant, Summer 2009
  • Provost's Summer Fellowship, Division of the Social Sciences, University of Chicago, Summer 2009 (declined)
  • Leiffer Pre-Field Research Fellowship, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, Summer 2008
  • Committee on South and Southeast Asian Studies (COSAS) Travel Grant, University of Chicago, Summer 2008
  • Cornell University Southeast Asian conference travel grant, March 2008 (declined)
  • Doolittle-Harrison Fellowship, Division of the Social Sciences, University of Chicago, Summer 2007
  • Marion R. & Adolph J. Lichtstern Award, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, Summer 2007
  • Committee on South and Southeast Asian Studies (COSAS) Travel Grant, University of Chicago, Summer 2007
  • University of Chicago 4-year Unendowed Fellowship (2006, 2007, 2008; 2009 declined)
  • Cum laude, Georgetown University Spring 2000
  • Georgetown University First Honors: Spring 2000, Fall 1999, Spring 1999, Fall 1999 (latter two in Bologna)
  • Georgetown University Dean’s List: Fall 1997
  • Center for Italian and Italian-American Society scholarship to Georgetown University
 
 

AFFILIATIONS


    Research Networks

    Cofounder, Trustee  Tourism-Contact-Culture Research Network                                                                                          

     

    Academic Journals

    Book Reviews Editor, Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing

    Editorial Board, Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change

    Editorial Board, Piccola Impresa / Small Business (2006 – 2008)

    Manuscript Reviewing

    International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, Journal of Heritage Tourism, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change

     

    Conference and Panels Organized

    2012      Sites of Pilgrimage / Sites of Heritage: Exploring the Interface between Religion and Heritage in Tourist Destinations. Special session of the 2nd International Conference on "Sustainable Religious Tourism: Commandments, Obstacles, and Challenges." Universita' del Salento, Lecce, Italy, 26-28 October 2012.

    2012       Regimes of the Marvelous: Exploring Value in Tourism and Travel, Tourism-Contact-Culture biennial conference, Sion, Switzerland, July 2012.

    2011       The Seductions of Pilgrimage. Panel for the Society for the Anthropology of Religion’s biannual conference, Santa Fe, NM, April 2011.

    2010       Rethinking Pilgrimage. 3-day session stream for the conference, Tourism and the Seductions of Difference. Tourism-Contact-Culture Research Network’s inaugural conference, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2010 Tourism and the Seductions of Difference. Tourism-Contact-Culture Research Network’s inaugural conference, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2010

     

    Professional Associations

     

    PUBLICATIONS

     

    BOOKS

    The Heritage-scape: UNESCO, World Heritage and Tourism. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009. ISBN 9780739114346 (hardcover), ISBN 9780739114353 (paperback).

     
     

    BOOKS (EDITED VOLUMES) and JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUES

        

    "Sites of Pilgrimage, Sites of Heritage: Exploring the Interface between Religion and Heritage in Tourist Destinations." (co-edited with Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes). Special issue of The International Journal of Tourism Anthropology. (forthcoming, 2013).


    “Pilgrimage: Communitas and Contestation, Unity and Difference.” Special issue of Tourism: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal. Vol. 59, No. 3, October 2011.

     
    Di Giovine, Michael and Ronda Brulotte, ed. Edible Identities: Exploring Food and Foodways as Cultural Heritage. Surrey, UK: Ashgate (forthcoming 2012). ISBN: 9781409442639 (hardcover)

    Di Giovine, Michael and David Picard, eds. Astray: The Seductions of Pilgrimage. (under review for 2012).
     
    Picard, David and Michael Di Giovine, eds.  Seductions of Difference: Magic and Alterity in Contemporary Tourism. Bristol, UK: Channel View Press, in prep.
     

     

     

    BOOK CHAPTERS and ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES

     

    "The Heritage Business." In Cristobal Gnecco, Larry Zimmerman and Dorothy Lippert, eds. Ethics and Archaeological Praxis. Springer Publications (in prep).


    “Magic and Seductions of the Supernatural.” In David Picard and Michael Di Giovine, eds. Seductions of Difference: Magic and Alterity in Contemporary Tourism. Bristol: Channel View Press (in prep).
     

    "Ritual, Heritage, and the (Re-)Construction of Italian-American Identity in the Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes." In Elizabeth G. Messina, ed. Italian American Culture and Behavior. Springer Publications (in prep).


    “The World Heritage List: Criteria, Representations, Problems.” Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer Publications (forthcoming, 2012).

     
    “World Heritage Objectives and Outcomes.” Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer Publications (forthcoming, 2012).
     
    “World Heritage as a Revitalization Movement: Managing Local and Global Tourism in UNESCO's Heritage-scape.” In Laurent Bourdeau and Mike Robinson, eds. World Heritage and Tourism: Global and Local Relations. London: Routledge (forthcoming).

    "The Everyday as Extraordinary: Revitalization, Heritage, and the Elevation of Cucina Casareccia to Craft Cuisine in Pietrelcina, Italy." In Ronda Brulotte and Michael A. Di Giovine, eds. Edible Identities: Food and Foodways as Cultural Heritage. Surrey: Ashgate (forthcoming).
     
    “The Seductions of Suffering.” In Michael Di Giovine and David Picard, eds. Seductions of Pilgrimage.  In Di Giovine, Michael and David Picard, eds. Astray: The Seductions of Pilgrimage (under review).
     
    “Un’anno giubilare per Padre Pio: esumazione, ostensione, ed il campo bourdieusiano di pellegrinaggi a San Giovanni Rotondo, 2009-2010.” In Dionigi Albera and Melissa Blanchard, ed. Pellegrini del Nuovo Millennio: Aspetti Economici e Politici delle Mobilita' Religiose. Messina: Mesogea and Paris: Karthala (forthcoming).

    “Re-Presenting Padre Pio, Developing Devotion to a Contemporary Saint.” In Jas’ Elsner and Françoise Meltzer, eds. Saints. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.
     
    “Passionate Movements: Emotional and Social Dynamics of Padre Pio Pilgrims.” In Mike Robinson and David Picard, eds. Emotion in Motion: The Passion of Tourism, Travel and Movement. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2012.
     
    “UNESCO’s Heritage-scape: A Global Endeavor to Produce ‘Peace in the Minds of Men’ through Tourism and Preservation.” In Rana P.B. Singh, ed. Heritagescapes and Cultural Landscapes. Planet Earth and Cultural Understanding Series 6. New Delhi, India: Shubhi Publications, 2010. ISBN: 9788182902268.
     
    La Vigilia Italo-Americana: Transmitting Authenticity amid Social Change.” In Lysaght, Patricia, ed. Food and Meals at Cultural Crossroads. Proceedings from the 17th Conference of the International Commission for Ethnological Food Research, September 15-19, 2008. Oslo, Norway: Novus, 2010, pp. 124-136. ISBN: 9788270995714.
     
    “Saints, Citizens, Pilgrims: Religious Tourism and Revitalization in Pietrelcina, Italy.” In Anna Trono, ed. Tourism, Religion and Culture: Regional Development through Meaningful Tourism Experiences. Galatina (Lecce), Italy: Mario Congedo Publisher, 2009, pp. 239-260. ISBN: 9788880868750
     
    “The Passions of Pilgrimage: Promoting and Practicing Religious Tourism in Pietrelcina.” In Emotion in Motion: The Passion of Tourism, Travel and Movement Conference Proceedings. Leeds, UK: Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change - Leeds Metropolitan University, 2009. ISBN: 9781907240089
     
    “Reconceptualizing Tourism and Development through a Revitalization Paradigm: Preliminary Results from Pietrelcina (BN), Italy.” In Attractions and Events as Catalysts for Regeneration and Social Change Conference Proceedings. Nottingham, UK: Christel DeHaan Tourism & Travel Research Institute, University of Nottingham, 2008, pp. 306-328. ISSN 14711427
     
    “Revitalization and Counter-Revitalization: Tourism, Heritage and the Lantern Festival as Catalysts for Regeneration in Hội An, Viet Nam.” In Attractions and Events as Catalysts for Regeneration and Social Change Conference Proceedings. Nottingham, UK: Christel DeHaan Tourism & Travel Research Institute, University of Nottingham, 2008, pp. 285-305. ISSN 14711427.
     
    “Monuments that Move: Tourism and the Diffusion of UNESCO’s Global Heritage-scape.” In Things That Move: The Material World of Tourism and Travel Conference Proceedings. Leeds, UK: Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change - Leeds Metropolitan University, 2007. ISBN: 9780955501760.
     
    “Translator’s Note” in Colona, Carlo. Don Elia Bellebono: Apostle of the Sacred Heart for our Time. Rome: AdP, 2004 

     

     

    JOURNAL ARTICLES

     

    “Pilgrimage: Communitas and Contestation, Unity and Difference. An Introduction.” Tourism: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal. Vol. 59, No. 3, October 2011. (forthcoming)

     
    "Identities and Nation-Building in Early Modern Travel Accounts." Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, Vol.12, No. 1, 2011, pp. 93-105.

    La Vigilia Italo-Americana: Revitalizing the Italian-American Family through the Christmas Eve ‘Feast of the Seven Fishes’.” Food and Foodways. Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2010, pp. 181-208.
     
    “Rethinking Development: Religious Tourism as Material and Cultural Revitalization in Pietrelcina, Italy” Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal. Special edition, “Tourism, Religion, Culture.” Vol. 58, No. 3, November 2010, pp. 271-288.
     
     “World Heritage Tourism: UNESCO's Vehicle for Peace?" Anthropology News. Vol. 51, No. 8, November 2010, pp. 8-9.
     
    Travel, Travel Writing, and the Construct of European Identity." Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2009, pp.109-118.

    “Re-Presenting St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina: Contested Ways of Seeing a Contemporary Saint.” Critical Inquiry. Special Issue, “Faith without Borders: The Curious Category of the Saint”. Vol. 35, No. 3, 2009, pp. 481-492.
     
     “Revitalization and Counter-Revitalization: Tourism, Heritage and the Lantern Festival as Catalysts for Regeneration in Hội An, Viet Nam.” Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events. Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 208-230.

     

     

    REVIEW ESSAYS, BOOK REVIEWS and NON-PEER REVIEWED CONTENT

     
    "Review: The Sage Handbook of Tourism Studies (Jamal, Tazim and Mike Robinson)." Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing. (forthcoming).

          “Tourism Research as Global Ethnography.” Anthropologies. April 2011. www.anthropologiesproject.org/2011/04/tourism-research-as-global-ethnography.html

           “World Heritage Sites: Places of Conflict, or of Peace?” Rowman and Littlefield Blog. http://rowmanblog.typepad.com/rowman/2011/02/world-heritage-sites-places-of-conflict-or-of-peace.html

          "Review: The Heritage Reader (Fairclough, Harrison, Jameson and Schofield, eds.)." Curator: The Museum Journal. Vol. 54, No. 3, July 2011, pp. 363-369. 
     
    "Conference Review: Emotions in Motion: The Passions of Tourism, Travel and Movement." Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, Vol.11, No. 2, 2010, pp. 99-102.
     
    "Exhibition Review Essay: Body Worlds and Body Worlds 2: Towards the Creation of an Instructive Museum of Man.” Museum Anthropology Review, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (Spring 2009).[free download]
     
     
    Review Essay: Uses of Heritage (Smith, ed.) and Heritage Interpretation (Hems and Blockley, eds.).” Curator: The Museum Journal. Volume 51, No. 3, 2008, pp. 329-338. 
     
    Cernuschi, Giampiero and Michael Di Giovine. (2005). The Mosaics of Pesaro website. (English version) www.pesaromosaici.it. Pesaro, Italy: Archdiocese of Pesaro, 2005.
     
    Istituto Italiano di Cultura. ParlItaliano. Washington, DC: Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 2000.
     
     
    SELECTED TRANSLATIONS    
     
    Colona, Carlo (2004). Don Elia Bellebono: Apostle of the Sacred Heart for our Time. Rome, Italy: AdP, 2004. 
    Don Elia Bellebono website (2005): www.donelia.com. Pesaro, Italy: Fondazione Opera del Sacro Cuore, 2005.
     
     
    CONFERENCES and ADDRESSES
     

        “Apologia Pro Turismo”. Paper to be presented at the session, “Papers in Honor of Nelson H. H. Graburn” American Anthropological Association, Montreal, November 2011.


        “The Heritage-scape as a Supra-State Construction.” Paper presented at the conference, Perspectives on Transnational, Immaterial Cultural Heritage, 2nd annual Trinational Research Group on Heritage, Villa Vigoni, Italy, June 2011.


        “The Seductions of Suffering.” Paper presented at the session, “The Seductions of Pilgrimage,” at the Society for the Anthropology of Religion biennial conference, Santa Fe, NM, April 2011.


        "The Imaginaire Dialectic and the Refashioning of Pietrelcina." Paper presented at Imaginaires Touristiques / Tourist Imaginaries": A Joint Conference between the UC Berkeley         TSWG (Tourism Studies Working Group) and the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne IRESTE (Institute of Advanced Studies and Research on Tourism. (Berkeley, UC Berkeley:         18-20 February 2011).


    "The Everyday as Extraordinary: Revitalization, Heritage, and the Elevation of Cucina Casareccia to Craft Cuisine in Pietrelcina, Italy." Paper to be presented in the panel, "Crafting Senses: Circulating the Knowledge and Experience of Taste" at the AAA Conference (American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, USA, November 2010). Yuson Jung and Theodore Bestor, discussants.

     

    "Sacred Journeys as Spaces for Peace." Invited lecture / paper presented at the IV Colloquium Compostela: "Pilgrims as Peacemakers." Instituto de Estudios Gallegos Padre Sarmiento / Spanish National Research Council. Santiago de Compostela, Spain, October 2010.

     

    "The Seductions of Suffering: Stigmata, Salvation and Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo." Paper presented at the special session, "Rethinking Pilgrimage, Seduction and Difference" in the 1st Tourism-Contact-Culture Research Network Conference, Tourism and Seductions of Difference. (Lisbon, Portugal, September 2010)

     

    "Introductory Remarks: Rethinking Pilgrimage, Seduction and Difference." Paper presented at the special session, "Rethinking Pilgrimage, Seduction and Difference" in the 1st Tourism-Contact-Culture Research Network Conference, Tourism and Seductions of Difference. (Lisbon, Portugal, September 2010).

     

    "Seduction in Devotion: Pilgrimage, Sacrality and Difference." Invited introductory remarks for the 1st Tourism-Contact-Culture Research Network Conference, Tourism and Seductions of Difference. (Lisbon, Portugal, September 2010).

     

    "The Everyday as Extraordinary: Elevating Cucina Casareccia to Heritage Cuisine in Pietrelcina, Italy." Paper to be presented at The Societé Internationale d´Ethnologie et de Folklore’s 18th International Ethnological Food Research Conference, Time for Food: Everyday Food and Changing Meal Habits. (Turku, Finland: Abo University, August 2010). (declined).

     

    "Apologia Pro Turismo: Breaking Inter- and Intra-Disciplinary Boundaries in Contemporary Tourism Studies." Paper presented at the conference, Tourism Belongs to Whom? Exploring Tourism in Theory and Practice (Palermo, Italy: Universita' di Palermo, June 17-18, 2010).

     

    "World Heritage as a Revitalization Movement: Managing Local and Global Tourism in UNESCO's Heritage-scape" Paper presented at the first International Conference of World Heritage and Tourism: Managing for the Global and the Local. (Quebec City, Canada, June 2-4, 2010).

     

    "Defining Angkor, Producing the Heritage-Scape: The importance of Narratives in the Global and Local Management of World Heritage sites." Paper presented at the first International Conference of World Heritage and Tourism: Managing for the Global and the Local. (Quebec City, Canada, June 2-4, 2010).

     

    "The  Heritage-scape: UNESCO, World Heritage, and Tourism." Invited lecture, Universita' Politecnico di Torino, (Turin, Italy: May 17, 2010). 

     

    “Saints, Citizens, Pilgrims: Religious Tourism and Revitalization in Pietrelcina, Italy." Paper presented at the conference, Tourism, Religion and Culture: Regional Development through Meaningful Tourism Experiences. Lecce: Universita' del Salento (October 28, 2009).

     

    "St. Padre Pio's 'Jubilee Year' 2009: Exhumation, Veneration, Peregrination." Paper presented at the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, University of Chicago (October 20, 2009).

     

    "The Passions of Pilgrimage: Promoting and Practicing Religious Tourism at Pietrelcina.” Paper presented at the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Ethnographic Film Festival Conference, Emotions in Motion: The Passion of Tourism, Travel and Movement. Leeds Metropolitan University, July 2009.

     

    “Encountering Angkor, Producing the Heritage-scape: Colonial Archaeology as a Vehicle for Preservation and Tourism at UNESCO’s Angkor Archaeological Park.” Paper presented at the conference, Encounters: Conversations on Society, Materiality, and the Politics of the Past and Present. Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop, University of Chicago, May 2009. 

     

    “The Rāmāyana through Cultures, and Sita Sings the Blues.” Special lecture sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School for General Education, in conjunction with a director-led screening of the film, Sita Sings the Blues (April 20, 2009). 

     

    “The Heritage-scape: UNESCO, World Heritage and Tourism.” Special lecture sponsored by the Union Forum, Hinsdale IL (March 22, 2009).

     

    Discussant for “Anti-racist Activism, Attempts towards Inclusive Citizenship, 'Foreigners Councils' and the Re-inclusion of the Race/National Divide in Tuscany,” an address given by Valentina Pagliai (Remarque Institute, NYU) at the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, University of Chicago (January 29, 2009).

     

    “Embracing a Saint, Regenerating a Town: Padre Pio, Pilgrimage and the Revitalization of Pietrelcina.” Paper presented at the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, University of Chicago (January 15, 2009).

     

    “The Heritage-scape: UNESCO, World Heritage and Tourism.” Special lecture sponsored by the University of Chicago Graham School for Continuing Education (December 13, 2008).

     

    “Reconceptualizing Tourism and Development through a Revitalization Paradigm: Preliminary Results from Pietrelcina (BN), Italy.” Paper presented at the conference, Attractions and Events as Catalysts for Regeneration and Social Change (Christel DeHaan Tourism & Travel Research Institute, University of Nottingham, September 24-25, 2008).

     

     “Revitalization and Counter-Revitalization: Tourism, Heritage and the Lantern Festival as Catalysts for Regeneration in Hội An, Viet Nam.” Paper presented at the conference, Attractions and Events as Catalysts for Regeneration and Social Change (Christel DeHaan Tourism & Travel Research Institute, University of Nottingham, September 24-25, 2008).

     

     “La Vigilia Italo-Americana: Transmitting Authenticity amid Social Change.” Paper presented at The Societé Internationale d´Ethnologie et de Folklore’s 17th International Ethnological Food Research Conference, Cultural Crossroads: Food and Meals at Cultural Crossroads. (Oslo, Norway: September 2008).

     

     “The Heritage-scape in Cambodia: Creating ‘Peace in the Minds of Men’ at Angkor Archaeological Park.” World Archaeological Conference (Dublin, Ireland June-July 2008). Eric Gable, discussant (declined)

     

    “The Heritage-scape: Creating ‘Peace in the Minds of Men’ at Angkor Archaeological Park.” Paper accepted for presentation at the Central States Anthropological Society 85th Annual Convention (Indianapolis, IN, March 2008).

     

     “The Heritage-scape in Cambodia: Creating ‘Peace in the Minds of Men’ at Angkor Archaeological Park.” Paper accepted for presentation at Cornell University’s 10th Annual Southeast Asian Graduate Student Conference (Ithaca, NY, March 2008). 

     

    “The Heritage-scape in Cambodia: Creating ‘Peace in the Minds of Men’ at Angkor Archaeological Park.” Paper presented at Northern Illinois University’s Graduate Student Conference on Southeast Asia (DeKalb, IL, February 2008) (cancelled).

     

    “The Heritage-scape in Cambodia: UNESCO’s (Anti-)Political Placemaking Endeavor at the Angkor Archaeological Park World Heritage Site” Paper presented in the “(Anti-)Politics of Culture” panel at the AAA Conference (American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, USA, October-November 2007). Richard Handler, discussant.

     

     “The Heritage-scape: UNESCO’s Globalizing Endeavor to Create ‘Unity in Diversity’.” Paper presented at the Conference, Multiculturalism, Pluralism and Globalization (University of Wisconsin-LA Crosse, USA, October 2007).

     

    "Concluding Remarks" for the conference, Things That Move: The Material World of Tourism and Travel (Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change - Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, July 2007).

     

    “Monuments that Move: Tourism and the Diffusion of UNESCO’s Global Heritage-scape.” Paper presented at the Conference, Things That Move: The Material World of Tourism and Travel (Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change - Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, July 2007). 

     

    “Unity in Diversity: European Capitals of Culture and the Construction of a European Heritage-scape.” Paper Presented at the Reinventing Europe Conference (Chicago, IL: Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago, April 23, 2005). 

     

    Moderator: Educational Travel Conference.  (Washington, DC: ETC, 2004).

     

    Moderator: Educational Travel Conference.  (Washington, DC: ETC, 2003).

      

    TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Liberal Arts - Chicago, IL

    Lecturer

    • The Anthropology of Museums                                         January - March 2012
    • Representing Identities through Food                              July - August 2012

    University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, Basic Program – Chicago, IL

    Lecturer 
    •     Introduction to Biblical Literature and Existentialism         March 2008 – June 2008                                                                                          
    •     Poetry and Poetics of Western Culture                              March 2008 – June 2008
     
    Lecturer
     
    • Rāmāyana       January – March 2009
    • Literati Culture in Early China       January – March 2009
    • Mahābhārata and the Bhagavad Gītā in the Mahābhārata    September – December 2008
    • Chinese Poetry in Translation           September – December 2008
    • Medieval” Indian Literature: Bhakti, Jainism and Sufism       March 2008 – June 2008
    • Rāmāyana and Cilappatikāram               January – March 2008
    • Mahābhārata and the Bhagavad Gītā in the Mahābhārata    September – December 2007
     

    University of Chicago Department of Anthropology – Chicago, IL                                                                                                                           

    Teacher’s Assistant, Prof.s Ray Fogelson and Morris Fred, Anthropology of Museums I (winter semester)                                                                                            
    January 2008 – March 2008
     
    Research Associate, Prof. Paul Friedrich                                                                                                                                                                             
    June 2007- December 2008
     
    Teacher’s Assistant, Prof.s Ray Fogelson and Morris Fred, Anthropology of Museums I and II (winter and spring semesters)                                                                                            
    January 2008 – June 2008
     
    Teacher’s Assistant, Prof. Johanna Schoss, Tourist Encounters, Tourist Spaces (autumn semester)                                                                         
    September 2007 – December 2007
     
    Teacher’s Assistant, Prof.s Ray Fogelson and Morris Fred, Anthropology of Museums I and II (winter and spring semesters)                                                                                             
    January 2007 –June 2007
     
     
     

    WORK EXPERIENCE

     
    July 2007 – present

    Research Fellow and Fieldwork Supervisor                                                                                                                                                                                          

    • Design and manage customized qualitative and quantitative visitor and tourist research programs in situ for museums and cultural institutions (Selected list of institutions: Art Institute of Chicago, Terra Foundation, Hyde Park Arts Center, Smart Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Fleisher Art Memorial (Philadelphia), Whitney Museum).
    • Manage qualitative and quantitative tourist and potential visitor research programs at off-site, outdoor fielding locations in Chicago and New York neighborhoods.
    • Train new field researchers in qualitative and quantitative data collection methodology.
    • Perform rigorously methodological “random sampling” visitor survey research
    • Conduct qualitative data analysis and write reports
     
    Freelance Translator and Interpreter                                                                                                                                        
    September 1999 – present

    Freelance Italian-English Translator

    • Provided Italian to English translation services to academic, nonprofit and for-profit clients in the Social Sciences and Medical Sciences, especially in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, art history, economics, political science and periodontistry.
    • Past publications include books, articles, websites, briefings, museum placards.
    • Provided on-site interpretation and translation services in the tourism, museum and import/export industries.
     
    Libera Universita’ di Urbino, Facoltà di Economia – Urbino, Italy                                                                                              
    June 2005 – September 2006
     
    Contracted Translator and Member of Editorial Staff
    • Contributed to academic research in the social sciences, particularly economics and the culture of small businesses
    • Translated economics and business papers for publication and for conferences
    • Translated abstracts for articles published in the University’s journal, Piccola Impresa / Small Business
     
    Council on Foreign Relations – Washington, DC                                                                                                                              
    January 2006 – August 2006

    Assistant Director, Diplomatic Program

    • Co-founded the Diplomatic Program to position the Council as an important resource for the foreign diplomatic community under the leadership and direction of the Vice-President and Director of the Washington Program
    • Engaged foreign ambassadors and their embassy staffs in a variety of outreach and communication efforts. Fostered especially close ties to a number of Deputy Chiefs of Missions
    • Served as a resource to the Council staff at large by providing embassy information, promoting their publications and contacting foreign diplomats on their behalf
    • Briefed Ambassadors and Deputy Chiefs of Mission on upcoming Council events and publications
    • Organized monthly Embassy Lunches Series wherein ambassadors hosted a select group of Council members for off-the-record discussions. Participants included the ambassadors from Morocco, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Poland and Indonesia
    • Founded and hosted periodic Roundtable Briefings for Deputy Chiefs of Mission (DCM), off-the-record meetings on pressing foreign policy issues and on the recommendations of Council task forces
    • Organized Special Economic Briefings for National Security Council and State Department officials
    • Operated high-level meetings between Council board members and White House officials
    • Planned, organized and operated a variety of on and off-the-record foreign policy meetings for membership featuring visiting dignitaries such as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno, European and Middle Eastern government officials, President Ilham Aliev of Azerbaijan, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, the first female African head of state
     
    The University of Chicago Alumni Association – Chicago, IL                                                                                                           
    June 2005 – September 2005

    Coordinator, Summer in the Cities – Washington, DC program

    • Oversaw and monitored the over one hundred students and young alumni working in Washington, DC
    • Collaborated with the University of Chicago Alumni Association and Career Advising and Planning Services to organize three career networking conferences in Washington, DC and arrange private tours in and around Washington, DC.
    • Maintained the computer list-serv (e-mail correspondence board)
     
    International Seminar Design, Inc. – Washington, DC                                                                                                                       
    March 2001 – August 2004

    Director of Operations (January 2002 – August 2004)

    • Researched, organized, managed and accompanied custom-designed educational and cultural tours for clients (museums, university alumni associations, cultural associations and other non-profit organizations) to Italy, Asia and Africa
    • Developed the Global Garden Project, specializing specifically in garden tours for horticultural societies, botanic gardens and garden clubs
    • Developed Southeast Asia as a new destination (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar)
    • Expanded ISDI’s existing operations in Italy, Japan, South Africa and Australia through specialized research and international site-inspections
    • Conducted business transactions and broadened relationships through seamless communication in English and Italian
    • Tracked international developments related to heritage preservation and culture in Italy, Asia and South Africa 
    • Managed large payments in various currencies to providers throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania
    • Implemented successful organizational strategies for streamlining company’s internal operations
    • Published marketing brochures and site-specific articles on culture, religion, art, and customs for passengers’ educational use on tour
    • Lectured on art, landscape design and general culture at numerous pre-departure briefings at museums, horticultural societies and universities
    • Served as Tour Director, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the tour to ensure its success
    • Resolved a wide variety of situations related to passenger illness, outbreak of disease and terrorism abroad
     
    Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Italian Cultural Institute) - Washington, DC                                                          
    November 1999 – July 2000; January -March 2001

    Translator and Educational Office Assistant

    • Oversaw research on the preservation of historic opera houses in Emilia-Romagna region
    • Translated transcripts from Italian to English, including press releases and official publications
    • Coordinated efforts in the educational office, organizing school and scholarship information
    • Wrote critiques and historical annotations in English for various art exhibits
    • Researched, compiled, assisted in writing, and translated monthly newsletter from Italian into English
     
    Delaney Policy Group – Washington, DC                                                                                                                                                 
    July-December 2000
     
    Associate
     
     
    Italian Trade Commission, NY / Rome                                                                                                                                                             
    February 2000

    Italian-English Interpreter for Di Filippo Vineyards (Assisi, Italy)

      
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    Michael Di Giovine,
    Nov 6, 2016, 7:23 AM
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