Dr. Sole Anatrone has been a professor and educator for students of all ages for over a decade, has won awards for her teaching, and has taught in a variety of different educational environments including public, private, primary and higher education. Her pedagogical philosophy is informed by her training in the Communicative Method, the Reggio Approach and the practice of Scaffolded Instruction, all of which aim at modeling inclusive, civic-minded educational environments, and promote the student’s sense of personal ownership in learning.
Sole Anatrone is also a translator of fiction, journalism and professional publications, she is on the steering committee of the Consortium on Forced Migration, and is a member of the advisory board to the Queer Studies Caucus of the American Association of Italian Studies. She is an Assistant Professor of Italian Studies; she has a PhD in Italian Studies and Women and Gender Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Julia Heim has a PhD in comparative literature from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. She is a lecturer of Italian studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and a translator of queer theory, art criticism, and the children’s book series Geronimo Stilton. She is the co-founder and an organizing member of the Queer Studies Caucus of the American Association of Italian Studies, and a Co-Investigator for the AHRC funded network QuIR [The Queer Italia Network]. Her own scholarship focuses on LGBTQIA+ representation in Italian media. Her interest in inclusive pedagogy goes hand in hand with her 14 years of university teaching experience, and her work as a communications fellow, where she aided in advancing communication pedagogies, and worked with students to facilitate experiential, and active learning, while creating opportunities for performances of understanding.