Berenice Cocciolillo was born in Italy but grew up in New York City. She holds a B.A. in Romance Languages and an M.A. in Italian Literature from New York University. In addition to teaching, Prof. Cocciolillo has held various administrative positions at JCU, and she is currently Director of Web Communications. She teaches Advanced Italian and Introduction to Professional Translation. One of JCU’s longest serving faculty members, she was the Editorial Director of the commemorative book John Cabot University – The First Fifty Years, published in 2023.
Before joining JCU in 1992, Prof. Cocciolillo taught Italian at various American universities including NYU, Pace University, and Hunter College of the City of New York. She also worked for several years as a journalist, writing about many aspects of Italian culture and politics.
A literary translator, she is one of the founders and organizers of InVerse, JCU's festival of Italian poetry in translation. She is also a member of the "TED Open Translation Project." Her main hobby is singing, and she is a member of the Soul Singers, a gospel music choir that performs benefit concerts in many Roman churches and theaters.
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