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Studia l'Italiano e Scopri la Cultura del Mediterraneo
Study Italian and Discover Mediterranean Culture




Program Director - Michelangelo La Luna, Ph.D., Harvard University. Associate Professor of Italian, University of Rhode Island. Winner of the 1998 Travel Study Prize for Excellence in Teaching at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University. Prof. La Luna is also a painter and the the author of the following books:        


§    De Rada, Girolamo. Opera Omnia. Opere letterarie in italiano. Michelangelo La Luna, ed. Vol. VII. Rende: University of Calabria; Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino Editore, 2009.

§    De Rada, Girolamo: Opera Omnia, Autobiografia. Ed. Michelangelo La Luna. Vol. VIII. Rende: Università della Calabria; Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino Editore, 2008.

§    De Rada, Girolamo: Opera Omnia, Epistolario con N. Tommaseo. La corrispondenza inedita tra Girolamo De Rada e Niccolò Tommaseo (1860-1874). Ed. Michelangelo La Luna. Vol. XII, 1. Rende: Università della Calabria; Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino Editore, 2006.

§ Invito alla lettura di Girolamo De Rada. Castrovillari: Grafica del Pollino, 2004.

§    Vjeshe Arbresh, Canti Italo-Albanesi. Rossano: Studio Zeta, 1999.


Faculty - Our faculty is comprised of highly qualified professionals with backgrounds and expertise in various fields.


  • Marco Arnaudo, Assistant Professor of Italian, Indiana University
  • Giovanni Braico, Teaching Assistant at Boston College
  • Peter Covino, Associate Professor of English, University of Rhode Island
  • Dante Della Terza, Professor Emeritus of Italian Literature and Former Chairman of the Romance Languages Department, Harvard University 
  • Al-Walid I. El-Bermani, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Anatomy, Tufts Medical School, Tufts University
  • Alessandro Ghisalberti, Director of Philosophy Department, Cattolica University of Milano
  • Ken Kaplan, Ph.D. Architect and Former Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and Harvard University
  • Robert Manteiga, Professor of Spanish, Comparative Literature and Fim Media, University of Rhode Island
  • Gianni Mazzei, Poet, Writer and Literary Critic
  • Adriano Mazziotti, Professor of English and Journalist 
  • Giovanni Morello, Worldwide Director of Exhibitions for the Vatican, Musei Vaticani
  • Fulvio Orsitto, Assistant Professor of Italian, California State University - Chico
  • Cesare Pitto, Professor of Anthropology, University of Calabria
  • Daniel Shields, Teacher of Italian at the University of Rhode Island and in Cranston West High School
  • Francesco Sisci, Italian Journalist and Writer (China)
  • Giacomo Striuli, Professor of Foreign Languages, Providence College
  • Walter Valeri, Assistant of Dario Fo for more than fifteen years, former Teaching Assistant of Italian at Harvard University and at University of Rhode Island, and currently Teaching Assistant of Italian at Boston Conservatory.
  • Giuseppe Roma, Professor of Medieval and Christian Archeology at the University of Calabria.
  • Various Italian Poets, Writers and Journalists


Emeritus Professor Dante Della Terza, Harvard University

Donations to our non-profit organization

Thank you very much for your kind donation which will be be used to improve our program. If you want to establish an endowment for scholarships given on your name, or if you want to sponsor our movie production or any other activity please contact us and let us know.

The De Rada Italian Institute is a 501 C3 non profit organization and therefore your donation is tax deductable. For your tax deduction, please contact your tax consulter.


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De Rada Italian Institute ¨ 37 Kingston Hill Ct., Kingston, RI 02881 USA ¨
Centro Internazionale di Studi Deradiani ¨San Demetrio Corone (CS) 87069 ITALY ¨  tel. 0984-956165 ¨

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