Maria Keyes

Studies French and Italian film, civilization and culture

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Maria Keyes

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Italian and French language and literature; Italian culture; civilization; film and cinema; the Italian American experience; contemporary Italian society

Campus phone: 442-4100
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Maria Giuliana Keyes was born and raised in Rome, where she attended school and worked for a national oil company. She migrated to the U.S. more than 30 years ago and eventually settled in Albany in the 1970s where she attended the University at Albany. Keyes graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in French and Italian and her master's in French literature.

Keyes taught Italian and French at Guilderland High School in New York for three years, for over 30 years has taught in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and has been the UAlbany University in the High School Program’s Italian liaison for over 25 years. She has been a master teacher at the Language Immersion Institute of New Paltz, N.Y., for 13 years. Keyes has lectured on both Rome and Sicily and has taught Italian at several area colleges and universities as well as the University of Urbino in Italy.