Fr. Luc E. Martel, A.A.
Fr. Luc resides in Rome and is a member of the Assumptionist General House community. He is a graduate of Assumption College, Manhattan College and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and has studied at Boston University, New York University and Notre Dame University. He is a recipient of an honorary doctorate of sacred theology from Assumption College.
Ordained to the priesthood in 1973, he has served Assumption College as the Executive Secretary of the Ecumenical Institute and acting chairman of the Religious Studies dept. From 1976 to 1981 he also served as a member of Assumption’s Board of Trustees. During his 15 years in Nairobi he served for 8 years as the Vice-President of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. Since 2008 he has been the director of the Office of Development and Solidarity of the international Assumptionists congregation.
Professor Daria Borghese
Professor Borghese has taught in Italy and in the U.S.A. courses that range from Italian Renaissance to Baroque Art. Her research focuses on the role of patrons in art; her latest publications include studies on the Casina di Pio IV in the Vatican, Palazzo Colonna and Palazzo Borromeo, all landmarks of artistic patronage in Rome. She is also involved with designing and editing an advanced, interactive textbook on Art in Rome. Professor Borghese’s continuing exploration of the city nourishes her research and her teaching, that is conducted mostly on-site to give students the opportunity to experience and discover world famous masterpieces. She is also often interviewed for programs and documentaries about art in Rome. She holds a B.A. in Literature and Philosophy and M.A. in History of Medioeval and Modern Art from the University of Rome La Sapienza.
Professor Christian Göbel
Professor Göbel, a native of Brilon/Germany, holds degrees in philosophy and theology from Munich School of Philosophy (Germany), Cambridge University (UK), Pontifical University of Sant’Anselmo (Rome/Italy), Leiden University (The Netherlands). He has held teaching and research positions in Rome (he lived in Rome for more than eight years), Sonada (India), Boston (Boston College), Eichstaett (Germany), and joined Assumption’s Philosophy Department in 2008. He is the author and editor of six books and more than 60 scholarly articles.
Professor Richard Bonanno
Richard Bonanno is Associate Professor of Italian and the Italian Studies program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures at Assumption College, which offers both a major and minor in Italian Studies. He holds a PhD in Italian from Rutgers University, where taught Italian and served as fellow in Rutgers University's Summer Study in Urbino. He has also participated as instructor of Italian in the Mediterranean Studies Association's 2011 summer program in Nocciano and Messina.
Professor Bonanno is affiliated with a number of professional organizations and has published essays on topics such as Renaissance lyric poetry and Italian-American folklore. He maintains an active research agenda through participation in national and international conferences, delivering scholarly papers on topics including early modern Italian literature, foreign language pedagogy, and Italian-American folklore and culture.