About the Organizers

Ashley DiGregorio¬†earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. After completing her BA, she served as a youth mentor with Keys Service Corps AmeriCorps in Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is pursuing her Masters in Comparative & World Literature. Ashley’s research interests include contemporary Italian and American literature, migration narratives, immigration in Italy, and translation.

Elysse Longiotti received her Bachelor’s in History from Northwestern University.¬† After receiving her B.A., she worked as a Health and Benefits consultant for Aon Consulting in Chicago before deciding to return to graduate school. She is a currently a graduate student and FLAS fellow at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she is pursuing her Masters in Italian Studies. Elysse’s areas of interest include modern Italian literature, Italian colonialism, post-colonial Italy and immigration in Italy.