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Dr. Esperanza Roncero

Department Chair
GAC - 359

French Language Instructors

Candide CarrascoCandide Carrasco

GAC - 389

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A native speaker of French and Spanish, he received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Contemporary French Theater with a minor in Contemporary Latin American Literature. Prof. Carrasco has been teaching French and literature for thirty years. Teaching French goes beyond building the language acquisition skills. It includes exposing the students to another world of culture, and allowing them to discover not only the aesthetic values of a literary text but also the universal bridges existing between themselves and the works of art. Among Prof. Carrasco's many interests, he is an accomplished playwright. He has written and produced plays in French, Spanish, and English.

Mireille Le Breton

Mireille Le Breton

Assistant Professor
GAC - 391

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Professor Le Breton teaches French literature, francophone and film studies, and cultural trends in contemporary France as well as advanced composition and conversation courses at Nazareth. She also enjoys teaching French language courses, which she did in the past, at all levels of proficiency. Before relocating to the Rochester area, she taught at the University of Delaware, Maryland and Stanford University. She is the Director of the French House and the French Club Advisor. Mireille received her Ph.D. from Stanford University (French and Italian Department, 2008). She also is an alumna of the University of Maryland, at College Park, where she received her MA, and of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d' Ulm, in Paris. Her research interests include immigration, politics and the novel; ethnicity, identity and human rights in contemporary literature and film; images of women in contemporary French and Francophone cinema; literary and film theory.

German Language Instructors

Lisa Cerami

Lisa Cerami

Assistant Professor
GAC - 388

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Coming Soon

Birgit Deir

Birgit Deir

GAC - 425

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Director - Emerson Language Lab

Professor Deir teaches German language. A native speaker of German, she received her Master of Science in 2004 from the Rochester Institute of Technology with concentrations in programming and databases. Professor Deir is also currently the Director of the College's Emerson Language Lab, specializing in technology and language acquisition.

Italian Language Instructors

Maria Vitti-Alexander

Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander

GAC - 393

Learn More about Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander

A native speaker of Italian, she has been teaching since 1978. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1983, with a thesis on Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello. Prof. Vitti-Alexander believes in closely associating with her students for a fuller appreciation of the language and culture of Italy. The success of the program is due to the high participation of students and faculty in many cultural and social activities:
  • film screenings
  • lectures
  • concerts
  • dinners
  • parties
These events help to create a cordial and collegial atmosphere that is very conducive to learning. In addition, Prof. Vitti-Alexander has accompanied students abroad through the University of Michigan Summer program in Florence for 18 years. She is presently running a summer program for Nazareth in Pescara. Traveling to Pescara provides a unique first-hand experience with the beauty of the Italian culture.

Recent teaching awards include:
  • The 1999 Ruth E. Wasley Distinguished Teacher Award from the NYS Association of Foreign Language.
  • Citation from New York State Senator James S. Alesi for Dedication to Profession and Community in 1998.
  • The 1998 Woman of the Year Award for outstanding Leadership, Devotion and Enthusiasm in Developing International Programs.
  • Teaching Excellency Award from Nazareth College 1997
  • F.L.A.T.R.A. Teacher Recognition Award for outstanding contributions in the teaching of Foreign Languages and Culture, 1996.


Paola Quadrini

Italian Lecturer
GAC 399

Learn more about Paola Quadrini

Paola Quadrini is an Italian native speaker lecturer specialized in teaching Italian as a foreign language. She received her Master’s in Italian Language Pedagogy from Ca’ Foscari University, Italy and her Master’s in Italian Language and Literature from Indiana University Bloomington. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Modern Languages in Italian and German at Middlebury College at Mills with a dissertation on the use of film in the Italian language classroom. Paola has taught in Northern Europe, Italy and the USA. Before joining Nazareth College, she taught at Johns Hopkins University and Indiana University Bloomington. Her research interests focus on Italian language pedagogy, Second Language Acquisition, Italian language and culture through film and literature.

Books: Colori d'Italia Textbook for Italian Advanced Students. Co-authored with Alessandro Zannirato. Contract issued by Edilingua. Correcting the proofs.

Book reviews: Gino Tellini. Alle origini della modernità letteraria. Firenze: Società Editrice Fiorentina, 2013. Will be published in NeMLA Italian Studies, 2015.

Gabriella Romani, Postal Culture, Writing and Reading letters in post-unification Italy, University of Toronto Press: Toronto, Canada, 2013.Will be pubblished in Forum Italicum, A journal of Italian Studies, Spring 2015.

Bridging Italian language & literature in America: Using Elisabetta da Messina in the Language Class will be presented at the round table “Lecturae Boccaccii” – NeMLA

Convention, April 30 May 3, 2015. Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario   Il brigantaggio nel contesto postunitario italiano nel film “L'amante di Gramigna”di Carlo Lizzani: una prospettiva storica will be presented at the session: “La questione meridionale: Historical, Literary, and Cinematic Perspectives” – ACTFL/AATI Conference, November, 21-23 2014 San Antonio, TX

Il viaggio interiore di Carlo Levi attraverso l'uso iconografico del colore in “Cristo si è fermato a Eboli” presented at the Graduate Students Conference, July 27 2014 Middlebury College at Mills, CA 

The Unity of Knowledge in the Pre-modern World: Petrarch and Boccaccio between the Middle Ages and the Early Renaissance, June 11-12 2014, attended at Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany

Lo sfruttamento delle classi indigenti e il loro desiderio di riscatto dalle condizioni di miseria da “I Malavoglia” a “La terra trema. Episodio del mare” presented at the session: “The Mediterranean in the Present and in the Past” –Mediterraneità e Alterità Mediterranee, International Conference, May 21-25 2014. Mediterranean Centre for Intercultural Studies, Erice, Italy

The Southern Question through “Cristo si è fermato a Eboli” in the Italian Classroom presented at the roundtable: "Teaching Italian Culture in a Language Classroom" – NeMLA Convention, April 3-6 2014. Susquehanna University, Harrisburg, PA

La questione meridionale presented at the NYSAFLT (New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers) Rochester Regional Conference, March 8 2014. Nazareth College, Rochester, NY

Luchino Visconti’s “La terra trema. L’episodio del mare”: Renegotiation of the matters tied to the Italian southern issue, presented at the Italian Panel – French & Italian Graduate Student Conference Negotiation & Renegotiation, March 1-2 2013. Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN

Pier Paolo Pasolini's “Il Decameron” in the Italian-as-a-foreign-language classroom, presented at the Pedagogical Roundtable – Symposium on Contemporary Italian Cinema, April 14-16 2011. Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN&

L'italiano on-line: progetto della struttura di una scuola virtuale di italiano a stranieri, presented at the AAIS (The American Association for Italian Studies) Conference, May 3-6, 2007. Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

 Spanish Language Instructors

Hilda ChaconHilda Chacón

Hilda Chacón

Associate Professor
GAC - 383

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An Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at Nazareth College, she has directed the Women's Studies Program and the Emerson Language Lab – after leading the writing of a grant that allowed Nazareth College to receive $300,000 for the creation of this pedagogical tool. She participates in the Honors Program, the Women's Studies Program, and the Fulbright Program of Nazareth College.

Her first career is as a journalist and she worked on radio, TV, and press media in Costa Rica, her native country during the decade of 1980's. She obtained her Ph.D. in Contemporary and Indigenous Literatures and Cultures of Latin America at The Ohio State University (1999), with a dissertation on urban chronicles in Mexico post-NAFTA.

She has published in CiberLetras (online-USA), DataGramaZero (online-Brazil), Letras Femeninas (USA), LASA FORUM (USA), Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea (UTEP), Confluencia: Revista Hispánica de Cultura y Literatura (University of Northern Colorado), Con-textos: Revista de Semiótica Literaria (Universidad de Medellín, Colombia). She has also published as a contributor to One Wound for Another: Testimonios Latinos in the US, 11 September 2001- 11 January 2002 (UNAM-CISAN), as well as to the second volume of this publication Speaking desde las heridas. Testimonios transfronterizos/ Transborder testimonios through Cyberspace (11 de septiembre de 2001-11 de marzo de 2007) (UNAM-CISAN, in print). She also wrote a book chapter, "Political Cartoons in Cyberspace: Rearticulating Mexican and US Cultural Identity in the Global Era", for the book Mexico Reading the US (Vanderbilt UP, in print).

Her areas of research interest are: testimonial narratives: facts and fiction; the Internet and contestatory cyberspace; mass media and cultural re-appropriations in the margins of postmodernity – including equivalent debates in Latin America; articulation of gender identities in the global era; Latina/o-Chicana/o literatures.

She also has some acknowledged creative writing and has been editor for Grafemas, the electronic bulletin of the Asociación Internacional de Letras y Culturas Femeninas Hispánicas, AILCFH (2004).

Chinese Language Instructors


Zhansui Yu

Zhansui Yu

Assistant Professor
GAC - 390

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A native speaker of Chinese, he received his PhD in modern Chinese literature and culture from the University of British Columbia.  He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Asian Research at UBC and as Visiting Assistant Professor at Lehigh University before joining Nazareth.  His teaching and research interests include twentieth century Chinese literature and film, modern Chinese intellectual history, and contemporary Chinese social and intellectual issues.  He has published extensively in both Chinese and English on issues in modern Chinese literature, culture, and history.  He is currently working on a book manuscript on contemporary Chinese avant-garde fiction.

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