Paola Basile, Ph.D. | Faculty
What makes Lake Erie College a unique place?
Lake Erie College is unique because of its family-like environment and small class sizes that allow me the flexibility to teach a wide variety of courses in Italian and French Studies. This allows me to organize study trips abroad as part of my courses which are wonderful learning-experiences for the students that they couldn’t find at other schools.
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Université de Montréal (Canada)
M.A., French Studies, McGill University (Canada)
"Laurea di dottore” with honors (Master’s degree), Modern Languages and Literature, University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy)
Translator Diploma, Université de Grenoble (France)
All level Italian Studies courses
All level French Studies courses
International Studies and Study Tour Abroad courses
English Honors courses
Studies in World Literature
Research/Creative Activity Interests:
My research is approached from an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective, and my interests are as follows:
Comparative Literature (Italian/French/English) as it relates to the journey, otherness, identity, transformation, and discovery.
The intersection of Literature, Art, Culture, and Philosophy.
Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Foreign Language Pedagogy.
Numerous Grants awarded by the IACF, the Italian American Culture Foundation (2006-present).
Various "Faculty Awards" (Professional Development, 2005-present) to travel for conferences. Lake Erie College and the Doris Bray Endowed Faculty Enrichment Fund.
Grants awarded every year by "Il Cenacolo Italiano di Cleveland" (Fournier Fund) from 2017 to present.
Grant awarded in 2011 by the LEC Entrepreneurship Fund to invite on campus the international and well renowned artist Luca Buvoli.
Grant awarded in 2010 by the Italian Consulate of Detroit and by the “Comitati degli Italiani all’estero” in support of Italian Culture activities at Lake Erie College.
American Association for Italian Studies.
Canadian Society for Italian Studies.
Italian American Cultural Foundation; director of the annual IACF essay selection process.
Northeast Modern Language Association.
South Atlantic Modern Language Association.
Books and Textbooks: “Learn Italian with Pirandello”, 2015; “Imparare l’Italiano recitando: La Locandiera. Una versione creativa”, 2013; “I folli voli di Ulisse”, 2006; “Battito d’ali”, 1995.
Translated Books: Jimmy Cornell, “La passione per il mare”, from English to Italian, published in 2007. Bernard Moitessier, “Vela, mari lontani, isole e lagune”, from French to Italian, published in 1996.
Over twenty Articles (in Italian, in English, and in French) on topics related to my research interests (see above).
Numerous Translated Articles and Book Reviews.
Co-organized Italian Studies academic conferences in the United States, in Canada, and in Italy.
Over thirty scholarly presentations (in Italian, in English, and in French) at academic conferences in the United States, in Canada, and in Europe.
Taught at Universities in Canada (
Université de Montréal
& Concordia University) and in Switzerland (Franklin University).
Vice-President of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies (2008-11).
Book Review Editor for "Quaderni d’Italianistica” (the official peer-reviewed journal of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies, 2011-15).
Developed and led eleven successful study-tours abroad for LEC students
Developed the Italian Studies major.
Co-developed the French Studies major.
Director of the annual IACF (Italian American Cultural Foundation) Literature Award process from 2006 to present.
Italian (native), French (near-native), English (near-native), Spanish (fluent), Latin (basic), German (basic), Japanese (basic).