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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 7, 2011

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian & Italian American Studies at Hofstra University Stanislao Pugliese will speak at Ramapo College of New Jersey on October 26 at 3 p.m. in Friends Hall (SC219) under the auspices of the Italian Club and the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of Ramapo College.

Pugliese will discuss “Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi’s Science and Humanism after the Fall.”

A debate surfaced as to whether Levi’s death was an accident or a suicide immediately after his1987 death as a result falling down a stairwell.  His death as a possible suicide marks a reinterpretation his legacy as a writer and survivor.

Professor Pugliese, a specialist on the Italian anti-Fascist resistance and Italian Jews, will speak about his book on the Italian-Jewish survivor and writer.  The volume’s essays deal directly with Levi and his work; others use Levi’s writings or ideas to explore issues in Holocaust studies, philosophy and theology.

Pugliese graduated from Hofstra University (B.A. 1987) and the City College of New York (M.A. 1990), and earned his Ph.D. from the City University of New York in 1995, after which he joined the Faculty of Hofstra University.  He has been Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian & Italian American Studies since 2009.

Pugliese has spoken at Ramapo College on several occasions, the last time about his book, “Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone,” which was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2009.

The presentation is free and open to the public.  For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 201.684.7409.

For media inquiries, contact Anna Farneski, assistant vice president, Marketing and Communications, 201.684.6844.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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