Mirta Pagnucci, Assistant Professor of Italian and French
at College of DuPage since 2011, and an adjunct instructor in Italian at COD since 2009 was born in Tuscany, Italy, close to Siena, and has an M.A. in Comparative Literature and a Ph.D. in Italian with a minor in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and in 2008 was a Fulbright Exchange teacher to Argentina, where she taught English at the Universidad de Cuyo. She has directed numerous study abroad programs to both Italy and France. She served as director of the COD Siena, Italy program in 2012, 2014 and 2016 the COD Bordeaux, France program director in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Before coming to COD she taught in the Foreign Language department at Northern Illinois University. In addition to her academic interests, Pagnucci enjoys reading historical fiction, learning languages, travel, music and art.
Professor of Speech and Film, Marco Benassi, became academically engaged and found his purpose as a student here at COD, leading him to complete a bachelor's degree in speech from Bradley University, a master's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and a master of fine arts degree from Columbia College Chicago. He began as a freelance writer for the Chicago Tribune's Tempo, Friday and Travel sections and worked as a speech trainer at The Executive Technique before returning to teach at COD, where he was named the 2000-2001 Outstanding Faculty Member and honored in 2015 as one of COD's Distinguished Alumni. Marco wrote and directed three plays as well as a short film shot in Italy. Selected to the first class of the National Forensics' Hall of Fame, he is an award winning national speech champion and has coached hundreds of students on speech teams at The Ohio State University, here at COD and Wheaton Warrenville South High School. He is very passionate about helping people push past their fears, traveling, film, hiking and spending time in the wilderness. He has lead more than 100 Field Studies throughout the United States, in addition to Africa, Cuba, Italy and the United Kingdom. In 2016 he co-directed COD's Study Abroad Program to Xi'an, China and is very excited to be a part of this year's program to Italy, where his parents were born and raised.
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