Roberta Kaye Waldbaum

Professor

What I do

Roberta K. Waldbaum is the Anna Maglione-Sie Endowed professor in Italian culture, Teaching Professor of Italian, and Associate Chair in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver where she teaches Italian language, literature, cinema and culture in the Italian Program and in the common curriculum.

Professional Biography

Roberta K. Waldbaum is Teaching Professor of Italian, the Anna Maglione-Sie Endowed Chair in Italian Culture, and Associate Chair in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver (DU) where she teaches Italian language, literature, film and culture in the Italian Program and in the common curriculum. She co-founded and co-directed the DU/Bologna International Center for Civic Engagement in Bologna, Italy, and serves on the advisory board for the annual Maria and Tommaso Maglione Italian film award and the Showcase on Italian Cinema at the Denver Film Festival. She has published book chapters, translations, journal articles and has given conference papers in Italian Studies in the areas of international civic engagement, cinema and the teaching of language, Italian Jewish Literature and Film, and food studies. She is the guest editor of the international journal of European Popular Culture, "Soggiorno in Italia-Sojourn in Italy", (May 2019) that contains articles written by DU CAHSS faculty who have received travel grants to Italy.

Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Denver, 1996
  • MA, Italian Literature, University of Colorado, 1979
  • BA, Italian, University of Colorado, 1963

Professional Affiliations

  • Amercan Association for Italian Studies
  • American Association of Teachers of Italian
  • South Atlantic Modern Language Association
  • Western Jewish Studies Association
  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Research

Co-translated and co-edited the English translation of "Se a parlare sono rimaste soltanto le pietre" (If the Stones Alone Are Left to Speak), by Angelo Angeletti (Tipografia Pliniana di Selci-Lama Press 2019); is the guest editor of “Soggiorno in Italia-Sojourn in Italy (Journal of European Popular Culture, Volume 10 Number 1, Intellect Journals Ltd., UK, 2019); and published book chapter, ‘Keys to the city: Opening the Gates to Italian Culture through Literature and Film’, in Fostering Culture Through Film (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2016).

Featured Publications

Waldbau , Roberta K et al. Soggiorno in Italia - Sojourn in Italy. Ed. Waldbaum, Roberta K. Vol. 10. Bristol, UK, United Kingdom: The International Journal of Popular European Culture, Intellect Publishers, 2019: 76.
Waldbaum, Roberta Kaye. ““Keys to the City: Opening the Gates to Italian Culture".” Fostering Culture Through Film: A Resource For Teaching Foreign Languages And Cultural Studies". Ed. Buonanno Foley, Elda and Patrizia Comello. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016: 119-137.
Waldbaum, Roberta Kaye. “"The University and the City: Strengthening Students’ Global Learning".” Contours of the City: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Study of Urban Space Editrice La Mandragora (2014): 103-116.

Presentations

  • “Ethical Edibles: Visions of the Table in Italian Cinema”
  • "Maximizing Study Abroad Programs in Italy"
  • “The Denver Film Festival: Focus on Italian Cinema”
  • “Teaching Languages & Culture Through Film: Imagining and Imagining Rome,”
  • “Real and Imagined Belly Aches: The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone and The Belly of an Architect”

Awards

  • DU's Most Outstanding Faculty Member, Office of the Provost