Giovanna Lenzi-Sandusky

Associate Professional Specialist in Italian

Giovanna Lenzi-Sandusky


Laurea in Lettere (storia dell’arte), University of Florence, Italy

Research Profile

Prof. Giovanna Lenzi-Sandusky teaches Italian in beginning, intermediate and advanced language, art & culture courses at the University of Notre Dame since 1990. Since then she has been responsible for teaching and preparing the second year architecture students for their year of study in Rome and teaching several Italian language and culture courses in the Italian Studies Program in Arts and Letters.
Before coming to Notre Dame she co-directed the art galleries at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame where she taught art history and gallery related courses as well as an occasional course in Italian language.  Throughout the years she has taught summer courses in Italian art and culture for American university programs in Italy. She received her Laurea in Lettere from the University of Florence in 1979 with a thesis in the History of Art on a Romanesque abbey church near Chieti in the Abruzzi.
In 2005 she was the recipient of a Kaneb Teaching Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University of Notre Dame.  In the summer of 2006 she was awarded an NEH grant to participate in the seminar  Shaping Civic Space in a Renaissance City: Venice c.1300-c.1600 in Venice, Italy.  In June 2007, 2008 & 2009 she accompanied university of Notre Dame Alumni trips to Sorrento and Orvieto and environs, Malta and Sicily, and the Great Lakes Region of Lago Maggiore and Milan.  Throughout she has worked on a variety of translations in art and architecture history.
In January of 2010 with her students and Diana Matthias curator of education at the Snite Museum of Art, she co-curated a bilingual exhibition The World of Piranesi/Il Mondo di Piranesi. An exhibition of Piranesi prints of Rome selected by her students from the museum’s collection at the Snite Museum.
In the summer of 2012 she was a participant in the Cine Roma- An International Summer Seminar on the Cinema and the City at La Sapienza in Rome, Italy, with a presentation on “Pier Paolo Pasolini, Longhi and Masaccio: visual references in Pasolini’s Accattone”.
For the Italian Studies Program at Notre Dame, in July 2013 she directed the Notre Dame Pre-College Summer Scholars Program as a 2 week course entitled “ Roads to Rome” with the participation of our own university-wide Italian Studies faculty.
She is currently working with Krupali Krusche and her DHARMA team in Preservation, at the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, on the Roman Forum Project for an exhibition in partnership with the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma and a conference to be held in Rome in April of 2014. 

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University of Notre Dame
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
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Notre Dame, IN 46556