Upcoming Events

Book launch! (Williams 440)

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The Italian Section is delighted to invite you to the book launch of the volume

City, Court, Academy: Language Choice in Early Modern Italy (Routledge 2017) 

which will be discussed by co-editors Eva Del Soldato (UPenn) and Andrea Rizzi (University of Melbourne).

For more details on the volume, please see here

Date: 12 December 2017

Screening and introduction: The Venice Syndrome (Penn Museum)

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For the series “Second Sundays Cultural Films,” the Penn Museum and the Center for Italian Studies present:


Director: Andreas Pichler (2012)

Introduction: Peter Lesnik (Ph.D. Candidate, Italian and Cinema Studies).

Ancient cities and time travel: The future of a long dying city and its very much alive citizens. What is the cost of tourism and gentrification on the world’s heritage cities?

Presented in Association with the Wolf Humanities Center’s 2017-18 Forum on Afterlives

Date: 14 January 2018

Colloquium: Jonathan Combs-Schilling (Cherpack)

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We welcome Jonathan Combs-Schilling (Ohio State University) who will speak about on Petrarch's Bucolicum Carmen.

Date: 22 February 2018

Colloquium: Gur Zak (Cherpack)

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Prof. Gur Zak, who heads the Department of General and Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will speak on "Compassion and Literary Identification in Dante and Boccaccio."

Date: 26 March 2018

Colloquium: David A. Lines (Kislak)

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David A. Lines (University of Warwick) will present a paper entitled "Renaissance Humanism and Universities: The Case of Bologna", based on his forthcoming book Reshaping Learning in Early Modern Italy: Arts and Medicine in the University of Bologna, c. 1400-c. 1750.

Date: 27 March 2018

Colloquium: Lodovica Braida (Kislak)

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Lodovica Braida (Università Statale di Milano) for the Seminar on the History of Material Texts. Title: “'Dangerous Books.' Italian Epistolary Collections in Sixteenth Century: Censorship and Self-censorship." 

More at http://www.english.upenn.edu/graduate/working-groups/materialtexts

Date: 9 April 2018

Colloquium: Lodovica Braida (Cherpack)

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Lodovica Braida, Università Statale di Milano, Title: "Carlo Goldoni and the Construction of the Authorship." In collaboration with the Seminar on the History of Material Texts. 

Date: 12 April 2018

Conference: Strategies of Authority in Med. and Ren. Europe (Kislak)

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On April 16-17, 2018, the Center for Italian Studies and the Italian Studies Section of the Romance Languages Department will host "Strategies of Authority in Medieval and Renaissance Europe." The conference aims to investigate, from trans-national and interdisciplinary perspectives, different uses and applications of the principle of authority in Europe, from Dante to Galileo.

Date: 16 April 2018 - 17 April 2018