About Elena

Bio

Laurea in Aesthetics (Milano); M.A. in Comparative Literature (U.S.A.); Laurea in Art History (Milano). I've been teaching Italian to American college students, in the U.S. and in Study Abroad Programs in Italy, since 1990. After discovering TED, about five years ago, I have become more and more passionate about translations, and I have slowly turned it into my new profession. My very first publication came out in July 2012, the Italian translation of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Captain Paul Watson's book "Ocean Warrior: La mia battaglia contro lo sterminio illegale degli oceani" (Ugo Mursia Editore), which reflects my love for the oceans and for the protection of all its species. I also translated Captain Watson's books, "Seal Wars", this one about the cruelty of the Canadian seal hunt. I have almost completed the translation of David Kirby's book, Death at SeaWorld. Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity, and I am hoping to find a publisher soon. In addition, I am working on the English to Italian translations of publications on Early Christian Iconography, transcriptions and English translations of XVI century Italian documents, and a book on the Renaissance Sforza family. My latest projects are the Italian translation of the autobiography of world famous tennis champion, Rod Laver, and the English texts for an exhibit on Ocean Conservation at the Città della Scienza di Napoli. But the important thing is all of this has been made possible thanks to TED!!! You give, and you receive; it is karma. THANK YOU TED!!!!!!!

Languages

English, French, Italian

Areas of Expertise

Environment , Literature, art, Art history, Cuisine, History

An idea worth spreading

Save the oceans and the whales!

I'm passionate about

Animal rights, Ocean and Ocean Conservation, Books, Nature, Languages, Art History, Ancient History, Translations.

Talk to me about

Ocean conservation. Animal welfare.

People don't know I'm good at

Translating!!

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Elena Montrasio
Posted 3 months ago
Alexis Ohanian: How to make a splash in social media
As far as I know, the Japanese have no intention of stopping their whale slaughter.... And they never have. In fact, they have already announced that next year they'll be back with their harpoons in spite of the fact their 'scientific research' has officially been exposed as a hoax ...
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Elena Montrasio
Posted 5 months ago
Jackie Savitz: Save the oceans, feed the world!
I have too! I actually translated Captain Watson's book, Ocean Warrior, into Italian. Yes, with Sea Shepherd you can see that they are really doing a lot to save the oceans, not just talking, like many other groups, to raise funds that go... ooops... where did they go??! Great meeting you!
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Elena Montrasio
Posted over 2 years ago
Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe?
Think of the philosophical implications of a theory like this. How many great minds were tortured and burned at the stake throughout the centuries for suggesting something not even remotely as "subversive" as this sounds ... Giordano Bruno is the very first one who comes to mind.
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Elena Montrasio
Posted over 2 years ago
Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe?
ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha, no, I'm not his protecting wife, I don't know him from Adam!!!!!! Do you know what I think? I think I missed all of the stuff you noticed because I was concentrating on understanding his talk, and I was glad he was directing it also to morons like me, whose brains somehow refuse to let in that kind of information.... I'll watch it again and try to notice it more, still I'm somehow appreciative of this preaching / nagging attitude. I have a hard time attributing it to arrogance, honestly, I found it a more of way to guide the listener through his mind process. I mean, think about it, no time or chance to screw up in 19 minutes on stage, maybe he was pacing himself... I might be wrong, but it did help me out. In fact, I hope I can translate it in Italian when it becomes available.