JONE GAILLARD (née CORSI) is a Florentine who came to Australia more than 30 years ago. She has a degree in Politics and Social Science from the University of Florence, a postgraduate diploma in Politics from the Centre of European Studies, Nancy (France), an MA and a PhD from Melbourne universities. She has taught Italian Language and Culture in Florence, and as Affiliate Professor at the University of Northern Colorado and at La Trobe University in Melbourne, where she lives.
Besides giving lectures at Universities and cultural Institutions both in Australia and overseas, she has published many scholarly articles mostly related to Italian social history and literature.
She is also the author of a book of fiction as well as short stories published both in Italy and in the United States. Her doctoral thesis on opera librettos has also been published in the U.S.A.
For the last 15 years she has been giving lectures at the University of the Third Age, with courses on Renaissance Florence, History of opera, and the classics of the Italian literature.
As a cultural consultant Jone translates letters, documents and articles into both Italian and French and leads groups of Australians and New Zealanders in educational programs in Europe as one of the Program Leaders for Odyssey Travel – a not-for-profit, University based organization.
A native speaker of Italian she also speaks Spanish and is fluent in French.