Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia (Undergraduate Chair)

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Senior Lecturer in Foreign Languages
Undergraduate Chair
Director of the Italian Language Program
Contact Information
(215) 898-6071
(215) 898-0933
Office Location: 
538 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
Spring 2018: Tuesday and Thursday 1-2pm; and by appointment.

Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was raised bilingual in a Sicilian and English speaking home. She earned her BA in Italian and French from Temple University in Philadelphia, her MA in Italian Language at Middlebury College in Vermont and Italy, and her PhD in Italian from Columbia University in the City of New York. She is Director of the Italian Language Program, Undergraduate Chair of Italian, and Faculty Advisor for the UPenn Italian Club at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia - where she has been teaching all levels of Italian Language, in addition to Professional Purposes, Cinema, History and Literature courses, in both Italian and English, in face-to-face as well as online and blended classes, since 2007. She also teaches various levels of ESL, and regularly offers and takes part in Professional Development for and with fellow Language and Culture Educators.  


Her research interests include Italian Renaissance Poetry, Contemporary Italian Literature, Italian Cinema, Language and Culture Teaching Pedagogy and Second Language Development.


She has published several translations, as well as an original piece of poetic prose entitled, “Hyphenated Identity: Sicily in the Body of an American Poet” in Sweet Lemons: Writing with a Sicilian Accent (Legas, 2004); co-authored an Edizioni Farinelli Film Study Program based on the movie Il divo (2011); and published an Edizioni Farinelli Music Study Program, Italia 1988-2012 (2014), based on Jovanotti’s USA release compilation album.


She regularly presents at conferences such as ACTFL, MLA, SaMLA, NeMLA, AAIS, and AISLLI.  She is Vice-President of NEALLT (The Northeast Association for Language Learning Technology).


She is co-founder of The Italian Language Arts Community Service Course Collaboration, a program of Italian and Spanish lessons dedicated to helping Phiadelphia VA Medical Center Veterans achieve their goals.