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Name: Dr. Paola Basile
Position: Associate Professor of Italian and French
Phone: 440.375.7542


Dr. Paola Basile is an Associate Professor of Italian and French Studies at Lake Erie College, she joined LEC in 2005. She earned a Laurea di dottore (doctor degree) with honors from La Sapienza- University of Rome, in Modern Languages & Literatures; a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (summa cum laude) from Université de Montréal; an M.A. in French Studies from McGill University (Montréal, Canada).

Dr. Paola Basile has several years of teaching experience at Université de Montréal (6 years), at Concordia University (2 years) and at the Italian Cultural Institute of Montréal (over 3 years), Canada. She is currently the director of the Italian Studies program at Lake Erie College, and is the organizer of the Italian Culture Club, Il Convivio.

Dr. Basile was the vice-president of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies (2008-11) and is currently the book review editor for "Quaderni d’Italianistica” (the official peer-reviewed journal of this society). She is also a member of the American Association of Italian Studies, of the American Association of Teachers of Italian, of the Italian American Cultural Foundation and she directs the IACF essay selection process every year.

Dr. Basile has organized Italian Studies conferences and sessions in the US, in Canada, and in Italy. She has also organized numerous successful study tours to Europe, and one to Montreal, Quebec, for the LEC students.

Dr. Basile authored three books: 1) Imparare l’Italiano recitando: "La Locandiera”. Una versione creativa, published in 2013; 2) I folli voli di Ulisse, published in 2006; 3) Battito d’ali, published in 1995, and she has published numerous articles (in Italian, English & French) in comparative literature, travel literature, Dante, Italian cinema, contemporary Italian literature & culture. She has also translated two books: one written by Bernard Moitessier from French to Italian (Vela, mari lontani, isole e lagune) that was published in 1996; and one written by Jimmy Cornell from English to Italian (La passione per il mare) that was published in 2007; she translated numerous articles as well.

Dr. Basile can speak Italian, French, English, and Spanish, and has studied Latin and German.


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