SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS EXPERTS
Paolo Grassini, a native Sienese, earned a B.A. in History and Film Critique and an M.A. in Language and Communication from the University of Florence. He also holds a Ph.D. awarded by the Department of History of Performing and Fine Arts at the University of Florence. Paolo’s research interests include topics such as: Federico Fellini, the origins of Italian film criticism from 1907-1920 and Italian Cinematography. In addition, he also taught Italian Language to members of the diplomatic corps of the U.S. Consulate in Florence and to college and high school students participating on various study abroad programs in Italy. Paolo continues to teach Italian culture studies and language to foreigners through the lens of fine arts in courses such as: Broadcasting, Television in Italian Culture, Introduction to Mass Communications, Introduction to Visual Semiotics, and The Venice Film Festival.