Luisa Del Giudice was born in Terracina (Latina, Italy), emigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1956, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1981. She speaks Italian (standard, and Terracinese dialect), French, and English and is widely traveled. She has been both a university academic and public sector educator, as the founder-director of a nonprofit educational and community-based research organization, the Italian Oral History Institute. In her multiple activities as academic, public folklorist, and community activist, she seeks to bridge various roles and audiences. She is committed to community education and to innovative public programs on the folk and regional cultures of Italians and Italian immigrants. She has produced many academic conferences and multimedia festivals on various aspects of Italian and Mediterranean regional culture, in Los Angeles and abroad. She is committed to cross-cultural dialogue, interfaith peace and justice work, and to issues of social equity. In 2008, she was named a Fellow of the American Folklore Society and Cavaliere (Knight) of the Italian Republic.
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