AATI Announces the 2018 International Conference - Cagliari

The AATI will host its 2018 International Conference in Cagliari in collaboration with the Università degli Studi di Cagliari from June 20-25, 2018. For more details, see the conference website (which is still under construction) 

Mariastella Cocchiara Receives Distinguished Service Award for 2017 (K-12)

For over four decades, Mariastella Cocchiara has been among the most visible proponents of Italian in the Massachusetts school curriculum, as a mentor, teacher, colleague, and leader. She was the founder of the Massachusetts Italian Teachers Association (MITA) as a chapter of AATI in 1989 and, over the years, has worked tirelessly to support it. After retiring from the public school system, she continues to remain extremely active in everything related to teaching Italian, from her instruction of Italian at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachussetts, her involvement as an AP Reader and active member on the Governing Board of MITA to her close collaboration with the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association Annual Conference (MaFLA) and the Italian Consulate as a member of “L’osservatorio.” You could contact her at fredstella@aol.com.


Dino Cervigni Receives the Distinguished Service Award for 2017 (College/University)


Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Dino Cervigni’s significant contributions engage all three categories of the academic profession: teaching, research, and service; and all levels of the academic community, from undergraduates to graduate students and faculty colleagues.  A highly productive and internationally recognized scholar in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Dino Cervigni is the founder (1983) and editor-in-chief of one of the leading journals in Italian Studies, Annali d’Italianistica. He has been a long-term member and supporter of the AATI, as an organizer of sessions and participant in many of its conferences, both in North America and in Italy. You can contact him at dino_cervigni@unc.edu.

AATI College Essay Winners Announced

The AATI College Essay Committee anounces the 2016-2017 winners:

  • Catherine Arevalo (DePaul University). “L’accettazione di sé e dell’altro in Igiaba Scego e Gabriella Kuruvilla.” (miglior saggio in lingua Italiana – Professor Caterina Mongiat-Farina)
  • Delphine Dall’Agata (Dickinson College). “L’orto in città: dalle radici storiche alle pratiche contemporanee.” (miglior saggio in lingua Italiana – Professors Nicoletta Marini-Maio and Luca Trazzi)

Congratulations to both the outstanding students and their professors. 

Frank Nuessel Receives Distinguished Service Award for 2018 (College/University)

Professor of Spanish, Italian and Linguistics and University Scholar of the University of Louisville, and former Vice-President (2010-2011), President (2012-2014), and current Past President (2015-2017) of the American Association of Teachers of Italian has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award for College and Universities for 2018.  Nuessel has published 16 single-authored manuscripts along with numerous articles, book chapters, and book reviews. In addition to his scholarly contributions, Frank Nuessel has educated generations of undergraduates, graduates, and teachers of Italian, particularly though his leadership as the first Chief AP Reader for the Italian language and culture examination. Under his leadership, the AATI went through a variety of updates including branding and the creation of a mission and vision statement. He organized and executed numerous AATI@ACTFL conferences along with the AATI@Strasbourg Conference.


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