Proust Questionnaire with Dr. Roberta Di Carmine.

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Proust Questionnaire


Dr. Roberta Di Carmine

            Dr. Roberta Di Carmine is a professor at Western Illinois University. She has been teaching film at Western for eleven years and is the director for the film minor program. Dr. Di Carmine was born and raised in Italy, and she received her first degree from her university in Italy, but with a passion for film studies she found herself getting her masters and PhD in the United States. Di Carmine felt her PhD in comparative literature with a focus in film reflected very much on who she is and her own personal passions with film studies. Dr. Di Carmine believes in film studies and its relation to English, as she said,“Film is not only thought. It’s the visual experience and it’s much more than that.”  Dr. Di Carmine is very optimistic, passionate, and proud of what she does. She is enjoying “the adventure” that she is on with her own journey and with the film minor department.

What is your idea of happiness?

I will always come up with a different answer. I am a very optimistic kind of a person. I tend to find–even in dark moments in life– I find something good to take out of it. I always find happiness to be central to the way I live, the way I carry my life, and the way I relate to others. You should be able to enjoy who you are. Be you.

Which living person do you admire most?

Michelle Obama. She is… to me, she represents a woman who finds an essence. She was not defined by her marriage to Barack Obama. She was already admired. From what I have seen and read, I don’t think she’s faking. (She is) a woman that shows what all women can do. As a woman you don’t exist because you are married, become a mother, you don’t need social recognition to actually exist, and be who you want to be. And to me, that’s her. She’s a very powerful woman because of that.

When and where are you most happy?

I am actually more happy, or definitely very happy, when I travel. Any where in the world where I am as long as I’m traveling.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I wish I was more involved in sports. I have always been active, but never been competitive. I don’t believe in that. I wish I was able to do tennis or whatever. I actually did ballet for many years. I only did ballet growing up. I wish I had really more abilities with playing instruments. I did some years in piano, but I wish I was good enough to play really good with an instrument.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I were competitive. I think I am kind of shy as a person. Definitely wish that I had that with my personality. Physical aspect: I wish I was taller!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Made it to be here, to be the director of the film minor.

Where would you most like to live?

I’m not fond of the cold water or the small town. I’ve got great things out of here though. I would like to live somewhere warmer. I love the west coast. I did my PhD in Oregon. Ah, my heart is still there! I like nature, so that part– it works with me. I always get something out of where I am. Sometimes I think I would love to go back to Europe, to Italy.

What is your most treasured possession?

All the pictures from my travels and from my family. I have tons of pictures of my family. They are with me all the time, because I’m not there.

Who are your favorite writers or film makers?

Writers– Toni Morrison. The richness of her style and beautiful stories. Film makers– one-woman film maker that is an extremely important film maker, she’s Italian and her name is Maria Sole Tognazzi.

If you could choose another occupation, any occupation, what would it be?

Oh, that’s a good question. I’ve thought about that myself. I’m drawn to things that are part of the human body. I used to wonder if it would be great if I could become a surgeon. I’m fascinated. I have no problem looking. I am really fascinated by that. I like the idea of that the surgeon can fix. It’s about humanities, about human beings. That is something I thought would be interesting; otherwise, I would have love to just travel the world and write.