Isabella Bertoletti is an Associate Professor of Italian at FIT. She was educated in Italy and at the Graduate Center in NY, where she received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. Professor Bertoletti’s publications include scholarly essays on Medieval Italian literature, Petrarch, Italian film, psychoanalysis, the history of the Italian language and Italian feminism, as well as articles for Soma magazine on J. Genet, Hitchcock, Renaissance Fashion, the Olympics and Carlos Gardel. Dr. Bertoletti has translated works by the Italian political philosopher Paolo Virno into English (MIT Press) and is a member of International PEN (The Writers’ Society), San Miguel de Allende (México) Centre. Dr. Bertoletti is actively involved in letter writing campaigns and work on behalf of International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee. Professor Bertoletti received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.
Pilar Blanco-Ruiz was born in New York City of a Spanish father and a Puerto Rican mother. She is Associate Professor of Spanish at Fashion Institute of Technology. She has degrees in Spanish Literature and Linguistics and Art History from New York University and Brooklyn College, CUNY. She has lived in Spain and studied at the Universities of Granada, Complutense of Madrid and Santiago de Compostela. She is currently pursuing studies in Linguistics at the Graduate Center of CUNY. She is fluent in five languages. She studied Italian and art history at Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and India. Besides teaching, her professional work has included that of translator, interpreter, cultural and linguistic consultant, book reviewer and museum guide. She has researched and worked on bilingual projects involving immigrant communities in the United States and Spain.
James Cascaito is the Chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages. He has been teaching Italian at FIT for the last twenty-five years. He is also the President-elect of the FIT Faculty Senate and the Membership Director of the United College Employees of FIT (UCE of FIT). Professor Cascaito holds a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from Columbia University. His recent book publications are: Multitude: Between Innovation and Negation (English translation, in collaboration with department colleagues Isabella Bertoletti and Andrea Casson, of three treatises by the Italian political philosopher Paolo Virno), Cambridge, Mass., and London, England: Semiotext(e)/MIT Press, 2008; and respite (original poetry in English with Italian translation by Giuliana Bononi), Rome, Italy: Lucchini Editore, 2009. Outside of FIT/SUNY, Dr. Cascaito is a member of International PEN (The Writers’ Society), San Miguel de Allende (México) Centre. He is a member of PEN’s standing International Committee on Translation and Linguistic Rights. This committee archives multi-lingual translations of world literature, researches and works for the preservation of the world’s “small” and dying languages. He is the Chairperson of the Committee on Translation and Linguistic Rights of the San Miguel de Allende Centre of International PEN. Dr. Cascaito is actively involved in letter writing campaigns and work on behalf of International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee. This committee monitors attacks against writers, journalists, poets, publishers and editors worldwide. These range from persistent harassment and threats to long term prison sentences and even to death. He is also a member of the Board of Directors, and the Commissioner for Linguistic Rights, of the Chicago Network for Justice and Peace, a not for profit organization devoted to promoting literacy and to advancing the practice of the literary arts.
María Mieles is an acting full time professor at FIT. She holds an MA in Spanish from City College (CUNY). She has been teaching Spanish for several years at different universities in New York. Her research interests are Latin American Film and Theatre and second language acquisition. María is a professional actress. She has worked in theatre and film.
Madeline Millán is a Professor at FIT. She is a poet and short story writer. Her poetry books are: Para no morir por segunda vez (Buenos Aires, 2002). De toros y estrellas (Terranova, Puerto Rico (2004), Leche/Milk (2008), 365 esquinas and her upcoming publication in 2012, Día Cero. She hostess bilingual poetry readings at Cornelia Street Café. On 2009 she edited the bilingual anthology Noches de Cornelia/Cornelia Nights, in which she translated 3 of the poets. She have been invited to International poetry festivals in: Argentina, Colombia, Chile, México, Nicaragua, Perú and España. She appears in different anthologies, such as: Poetas sin tregua (an anthology result of a teamwork with a group of 5 Puerto Rican women poets from the 80’s (Rafagas, Spain). Her most recent work can be read in anthologies from Spain and Latin America. In chronological order these are: Perversiones desde el paraíso: poesía puertorriqueña de entresiglos (Spain, 2005); the Anthology of Hispano-American poets Nueva poesía hispanoamericana (2004, Perú,, editor Leo Zelada), and La trilogía Poética de las mujeres en Hispanoamérica: pícaras, místicas y rebeldes (Mexico, 2004, a compilation of 8 centuries of women poets from Spain and Latin America). Millán was the editor and publisher of a Latin American Film magazine, Entreextremos.
Nicole Ruimy is an Associate Professor of French at FIT. She is the director / coordinator of the French section in the department. Professor Ruimy served as chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages from 1993 to 2001. A French native, she was educated in Paris. Professor Ruimy is a graduate of the Sorbonne (Licence, Maîtrise and Diplôme d’Études Avancées) where she studied English and American literature. She also attended New York University, specializing in 18 th century French literature. Furthermore, she taught French at NYU for a decade. Professor Ruimy’s publications and lectures cover subjects such as Francophone literature, 18th and 19th century French literature, Émile Zola, Marcel Proust, as well as studies on the differences between French and American cultures. As an elected member on the board of directors of the SPFFA (Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d'Amérique), a not for profit organization, she is actively involved in promoting French and Francophone cultures and literatures in the United States as well as helping American graduate and undergraduate students get scholarships to do their research in France. In addition, she is an editor for the literary French review Nouvelles Francographies. Professor Ruimy was the recipient of the New York University Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1989.