STEVE BAKER is a Ph.D. candidate in Italian and Comparative Literature with a focus on the Renaissance and early modernity. His interests include the epic tradition, civic humanism and the evolution of political philosophy, early-modern rhetoric, poetics and auto-didacticism. His dissertation proposes to read, in light of the “familiar” epistolary tradition, a series of 16th century letters from the New World for their role in the creation of “familiar,” proto-national European identities.
Master of Philosophy in Italian and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, May 2008.
Aestiva Romae Latinitatis, Intensive Latin Course in Rome, Summer 2006.
Master of Arts in Italian, Columbia University, May 2006.
Aestiva Romae Latinitatis, Intensive Latin Course in Rome, Summer 2004.
B.A. in Italian, Summa cum laude with Departmental Honors, Columbia University, May 2003.
Literature Humanities: Masterpieces of Western Literature
Intermediate Italian I
Intermediate Italian II
Intermediate Italian II (6-week Summer Session)
Elementary Italian I
Elementary Italian II
Elementary Italian II (6-week Summer Session)
Editorial Assistant, Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook, June 2008- Present.
Managing Editor / Circulation Manager, Italian Poetry Review, Columbia University, New York, September 2007- Present.
Teaching Fellow / Italian Language Instructor, Italian Department, Columbia University, New York, September 2006- Present.
Freelance Research & Translation, Harper’s Magazine, August 2006- December 2006.
Research Assistant, Italian Department, Columbia University. New York, September 2005- Present.
Production Coordinator, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York, September 2004- August 2005.
Office Intern / Interpreter, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Umbertide, Italy, July 2003- November 2003.
Editor-in-Chief / Artistic Director, The Observer: Literary & Features Magazine at Columbia University, January 2002- May 2003.
Translator / Editorial Staff, Cineteca Comunale di Bologna. Film Archive, Bologna, Italy, October 1998- December 1999.
ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Late Marinetti Futurism Conference, May 2008- Present
Medieval Latin Reading Group (MLRG), Sept 2007- Present
IFP Independent Feature Project, Sept 2001- Present
I canoni assenti: Making Contemporary Italian Poetry Conference, Oct 2005- Nov 2006
"Petrarch's Community of Friends" Friendship in Pre-Modern Europe, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies,Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Canada, October 13-15, 2011
"Giro d'Italia: Teaching Foreign Language with Technology" University-wide presentation for foreign language instructors, Language Resource Center Columbia University, New York, New York, May 4, 2011
"Machiavelli in the Core Today: Notes for a Critical Thinking and Close Reading Workshop" Association of Core Texts and Courses Annual Conference (ACTC), Yale University,New Haven, Connecticut, April 14-16, 2011
"Ad antiquam amicitiam renovandam: From Cola di Rienzo's Politics of Amicitia to Petrarch's Community of Friends" Early Modern Rome, 1341-1667: An International Interdisciplinary Conference, UCEAPItaly and the Istituto storico italiano per il Medioevo, Rome, Italy, May 13-15, 2010
"Originis auctor: Notions of Transmission and Originality in Fracastoro's Theory of Contagion" American Association for Italian Studies Annual Conference (AAIS), St. John'sUniversity, Manhattan Campus, New York, New York, May 7-10, 2009
“Il sorriso di Goffredo: Civic Skepticism in Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata” Questioning Renaissance Pieties: Renaissance Studies Conference at Princeton University, May 2007.
“Il codice Brunelleschi: A. Manetti’s Grasso legnaiuolo and the Externalization of an Internal Problem” Nuances of Lack in Italian Studies: Graduate Student Conference at NYU in New York, April 2007.
“Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata and the Narrativization of the First Crusade” Politics and Persuasion: GSO Colloquium at Indiana University, Bloomington, April 2006.
“Che dianzer de paroll!: The Textual Mechanics of Transgression in the Poetry of Carlo Porta” A Peninsula Against Itself: Competing Visions of Italy: Graduate Student Conference at Columbia University, New York, April 2005.
F.T. MARINETTI, Venezianella and Studentaccio, New Haven: Yale University Press, in progress.
LUIGI FONTANELLA, La parola transfuga/The Fleeting Word: Italian Writers in America, (forthcoming).
CHIARA CAPPELLETTO, "Source and Trace in Walter Benjamin's Thought: About a Polarity," RES: Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics, vol. 62, 2012 (forthcoming).
MARIA LUISA PORZIO GERNIA, Giuliano Bonfante in the History of Linguistics, Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2012 (forthcoming).
LUIGI FONTANELLA, "On Anna Maria Ortese's Precocious Short Stories: A Re-reading of Angelici Dolori," in Celestial Geography: A Mapping of Anna Maria Ortese's Work,Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2012 (forthcoming).
DACIA MARAINI, E tu, chi eri, (Dacia Maraini's interview with Anna Maria Ortese) in Celestial Geography: A Mapping of Anna Maria Ortese's Work, Toronto: Toronto University Press,2012 (forthcoming).
BEATRICE MANETTI, "The Three Lives of Bettina: From Il cappello piumato to Poveri e semplici (and Back)" in Celestial Geography: A Mapping of Anna Maria Ortese's Work, Toronto:Toronto University Press, 2012 (forthcoming).
CHIARA CAPPELLETTO, "A Dead Body Astonishingly Alive: Toward a Phenomenology of the Puppet," RES: Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics, vol. 59/60, 2011 (forthcoming).
MAURIZIO CECCHETTI, "For Sensitive Skin: On the Transformation of Architecture into Design," Annali d'Italianistica: Italian Critical Theory, vol. 29, 2011, pp. 237-52.
“Festival of European Film Schools” (Film Festival Catalogue) Cineteca Comunale di Bologna. 1999.
“Visioni italiane” (Film Festival Catalogue) Cineteca Comunale di Bologna. 1999
“Cinema Ritrovato” (Film Festival Catalogue) Cineteca Comunale di Bologna. 1999
Louise Brooks: L’Europenne (Monograph on the actress) Cineteca Comunale di Bologna. 1999
“Festival of European Film Schools” (Film Festival Catalogue) Cineteca Comunale di Bologna. 1998
“Visioni italiane” (Film Festival Catalogue) Cineteca Comunale di Bologna. 1998
“Look Like Love” The Observer: Columbia University Literary Magazine, 2003.
“Three Posters About the Fourth of July” The Observer: Columbia University Literary Magazine, 2002.
“Is This a Metamorphosis? Change at an Impasse in Neil LaBute’s The Mercy Seat” The Observer, 2003.
“A Metamorphosis in Our Midst: Transformation on Broadway in the Aftermath” The Observer, 2002.
Golden Grams Goes Under, 9 min., 2008
Peelgarlick Troubles His Head, 11 min., 2007
Reading the Scarpe, 7 min., 2006
Bathing Suit Badminton BBQ, 6 min., 2005
The Fountain of Love, 7 min., 2004
Montauto, 9 min., 2004
Elegy, 7 min., 2003
Sisyphus, 5 min., 2002
The Same Signs, 6 min., 2002
Et mens et corpus, 25 min., 2002
Variations on a Theme, 50 sec., 2001
PRIZES AND AWARDS
Bradley Family Fellowship Recipient 2008
Summer Fellowship Recipient: Interdepartmental Committee on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2008
GSAS Summer Fellowship Recipient, 2007
GSAS Summer Fellowship Recipient, 2006
Phi Beta Kappa. National Honor Society, New York Delta Chapter Member, 2003
Benedetto Marraro Prize for Distinction in Italian Studies, 2003
Honor Society of the School of General Studies at Columbia University, 2003
Student Leadership Award. The School of General Studies at Columbia University, 2003
Tiro A. Segno Scholarship for Italian Studies, 2002
Medaglia d’Oro Prize for Excellence in Italian Studies, 2002
Second Prize Winner for Short Film in the Tommy Hilfiger "Show Your Stars and Stripes" Contest, 2001