monica-segerDr. Monica Seger, assistant professor of Italian at the University of Oklahoma, will deliver three lectures at Missouri Southern State University on Monday, Sept. 9.

“Mafia Culture: History and Representation in Italy and Beyond” will begin at 9 a.m. in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

The lecture will explore the roots of the mafia both in Italy and North America since the late 19th century. It will address the history of the mafia and related criminal organizations and will pay particular attention to the socio-political circumstances surrounding the creation and development of the mafia, its effect on contemporary Italy, and its history of representation in the media.

“Italian Film from Cabiria to Caesar Must Die” will take place at 11 a.m. in Corley Auditorium.

With its rich artistic tradition, Italy was a natural location for the development of the cinema upon its invention in the late 19th century. Dr. Seger will address early silent cinema, “white telephone films,”  the development of Neorealism and Auteur cinema, Italian style comedy and popular cinema, literary adaptations, historical epics and, finally, new cinematic directions in an increasingly multi-cultural Italy.

“Neorealism: Material Conditions, Ideological Motivations and Lasting Effects” will take place at noon in Corley Auditorium.

This presentation will discuss Neorealism, the cinematic movement dedicated to the honest depiction of social realities in cinema.  Following World War II, as Italy began to recover from the war, filmmakers felt the need for a kind of cinematic art that could relate to the conditions of contemporary life. Clips from well-known neorealist films including Rome: Open City, The Bicycle Thief and other cinematic works will be shown.

Dr. Seger serves as affiliate faculty in the departments of Film and Media Studies and International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is also a contributing editor at World Literature Today. She earned her B.A. in Modern Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Italian from the University Wisconsin-Madison.

The presentations are free and open to the public.