Authors and Technical Consultants

Please note: The contents of this page have not been updated since 5 March 1999, and much of the material found in the lessons has not been updated since 1997. Inquiries about the project may be directed to

Theodore Cachey is Director and General Editor of the Progetto Italica Corso di Lingua. Colleen M. Ryan-Scheutz is responsible for coordinating implementation of the project at collaborating institutions and for the creation of automated exercises found in the site. Ilaria Marchesi is the primary author of the grammar and co-author of the cultural and lexical materials. Simone Marchesi is the primary author of the cultural and lexical materials and co-author of the grammar. Mark Olsen and Christian Dupont are jointly responsible for the technical design, support and implementation of the project. Linda Flosi-Lucchesi has contributed translations and exercises to the site.

Theodore J. Cachey Jr. is Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame and Director of the William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies. Cachey earned his Ph.D. in Italian Language and Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1986. He is the author of Le isole fortunate: appunti di storia letteraria italiana (Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider, 1995), editor of A. Pigafetta's 'First Voyage Around the World' (New York: Marsilio, 1995) and of Dante Now: Current Trends in Dante Studies (Notre Dame, 1995). He is author of numerous essays and articles including, most recently "Before and After the Book: An Italian Update" The Italianist, vol. 16, 1996, pages 351-363; and "'Peregrinus (quasi) ubique': Petrarca e la storia del viaggio" Intersezioni, a. XVII, n. 3, dicembre 1997, 369-386.

Colleen M. Ryan-Scheutz is Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and coordinator of Italian language program at the University of Notre Dame. She earned her Ph.D. in Italian from Indiana University in 1997. Her interests include second language acquisition and current teaching methodolgies, and she conducts research in the areas of teacher assistant training and the use of internet sources in the foreign language classroom. Her other main areas of interest are Italian film, 20th-century Italian women writers, and film-literary adaptations. She has published essays on Pasolini, Aleramo, and Tamaro, and is currently completing a book entitled Woman and Womb: Motherhood and Male Subjectivity in the Cinema of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Christian Dupont is Director of Patron Services for the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Notre Dame, where he also serves as Executive Assistant to the Devers Program in Dante Studies. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Christianity from the University of Notre Dame in August 1997. He is currently completing a Master of Information Science degree at the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University.

Ilaria Marchesi obtained her diploma from the classical Liceo Dante of Florence in 1989 and thereafter entered the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia at the University of Florence. In April of 1994 she completed her degree in Classics. After graduation she received a diploma in teaching Italian language to foreigners from the Koinè Institute and in the fall of 1994 she worked as a teacher of Italian to foreigners at the Dante Alighieri Society of Florence. In 1995 she moved together with her husband to the United States where she began to work as an editor for the University of Notre Dame Press on the publication of books in the William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante Studies, correcting proofs and compiling indexes. Between January 1996 and May 1997 she taught Italian at St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana. In March 1997 she was admitted to the Ph.D. program in Classics at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey.

Simone Marchesi completed studies at the scientific lyceum in Italy before enrolling in the Facoltà di Lettere at the University of Pisa, where he completed his degree in 1992. Since 1995 he has been living in the United States. In May 1997 he completed a master's degree in Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame where he also worked as a teacher of Italian. At the same time he was primarily responsible for the creation of an online catalog of the John A. Zahm Dante Collection at the University of Notre Dame. After completing the master's degree he was admitted to the Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature at Princeton University.

Mark Olsen is Assistant Director of the ARTFL Project at the University of Chicago. He received a doctorate in French History from the University of Ottawa in 1991. He has published many articles dealing with theory and methodology of humanities computing and in history and is a co-author of Theatre, Opera, and Audiences in Revolutionary Paris: Analysis and Repertory (1996).

Linda Flosi-Lucchesi is Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Notre Dame. She is Director of the Italian Language program and oversees the teaching of Italian at the elementary and intermediate levels. Her pedagogical interests include: multi-media instruction, the sequencing of foreign language skills, and language proficiency testing. She has organized and participated in conferences, workshops, and lecture series. She is Editor of Eccetera, a magazine which features writing selections of students of Italian at the university level. Her literary interests are in the area of Medieval Literature and Dante Studies. Her publications examine geometric iconography in Dante's Commedia, with all its implications for the theory of language and the theory of knowledge. Linda Flosi was a representative of the United States to the Convegno internazionale sulla diffusione della lingua e cultura italiana nel mondo sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Montecatini, Italy in March 1996). She was recently elected Midwest Regional Representative to the Executive Council of AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian) for a three-year term (1996-1999).