Upcoming Events

Pirandello’s Intermedial Legacy in Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Tu ridi

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Just added! A lecture by Michael Edwards on Pirandello's cinematic bequest,"Pirandello’s Intermedial Legacy in Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Tu ridi".

Date: 3 December 2014

New Authors of Italian Cinema

Join us at the International House of Philadelphia for the 2014 edition of New Author of Italian Cinema. The festival is curated by Nicola Gentilli and organized in collaboration with the Cinema Studies Program and the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia to promote new Italian Cinema in the United States. Graduate students in the Italian PhD Program will introduce each film.

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Date: 4 December 2014 - 7 December 2014

Mario Luzi 1914-2014: the Man and the Verbum

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The Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania will celebrate the centennial of the birth of Italian poet Mario Luzi (1914-2005) with an international conference that will be held in Philadelphia, February 13-14, 2015. The deadline to submit a proposal for a presentation on any aspect of Luzi's work is November 30. Send your abstract and a brief narrative vita to italians@sas.upenn.edu.


Date: 13 February 2015 - 14 February 2015

Italian Through Music: A Pedagogical Seminar

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Do you teach Italian? Do you love music? Join us Friday February 27, 12-4pm, to discover how you can use music in your Italian classroom.

This seminar is offered to K-12 teachers in existing Italian programs as well as to individuals and schools that may be interested in establishing a new Italian program. It will lead K-12 teachers of Italian on an exploration of the use of music a) to introduce students to the study of the Italian language and culture; b) to introduce or reinforce specific grammar structures, communicative situations, and cultural themes, with work aimed at developing all four language skills – listening, speaking, reading, writing - at different levels. The seminar provides Act 48 credits in Pennsylvania.

The seminar is structured in a series of presentation by experienced University of Pennsylvania faculty and invited speakers, followed by a workshop that will offer the opportunity for small group brainstorming and to create activities at different grade levels. A light lunch will be served during the presentations

Read on for a detailed program and the registration form.


Date: 27 February 2015