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MAHWAH, N.J. – Noted scholar and teacher Stefania Lucamante will provide a critical analysis of and testimony to the ethical commitment of Italian women writers to transmit a gendered perspective on the devastating effects of Italy’s 1938 racial laws and the Holocaust. The program to be held at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Thursday, February 23 at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Lounges (SC157-158) is being co-sponsored by the Italian Club of Ramapo College and supported by the Morton and Clara Richmond Endowment. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Lucamante will probe the complexity with which numerous literary works on the Holocaust by Italian women validate notions of collaboration and understanding between fictional writing and the (gendered) rewriting of historical events.

Dr. Lucamante was born in Sicily to Apulian parents. At the age of six, she moved to Sardinia, where she grew up and studied before moving to Rome for her graduate studies. She also lived in Milan and Berlin, Germany, before moving to the United States. After a curatorial training at the Hirshhorn Museum, she studied Comparative Literature at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C.  In 2000, she returned to the CUA after teaching at Georgetown University. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, teaching undergraduate courses in culture, literature and film studies.

Her primary research and teaching interests are in the literature and culture of modern and contemporary Italy, with a special focus on Women’s Studies, the genre of the novel, literary and visual representations of the Holocaust, and contemporary critical literary theory. Dr. Lucamante is the author of four books, is the editor of three conferences volumes, and has published more than 25 peer-reviewed articles and numerous book reviews. She serves on the executive board of the American Association of Teachers of Italian.



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, 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, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.


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