Recent Events

La Scomparsa: The Disappearance of Italy

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"The Italy my father had experienced was already long gone by the first time I arrived there, and that was not a surprise to me. But, in the twenty-five years that I’ve directly observed Italy in numerous visits, the changes—and the pace of change—have been remarkable ..." so says Philadelphia artist and Drexel University professor Blaise Tobia. Join us for his presentation of his project "La scomparsa: The Disappearance of Italy" that he will discuss with Eva Del Soldato, Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia, Nicola Bevilacqua, and Paolo Pilladi.

Date: 19 November 2014

The Power of Affections: An International Conference

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The Power of Affections: Poetry, Music, and Spectacle in Seventeenth-Century Italian Opera Librettos

Philadelphia, 13-14 November 2014


An international conference organized by the Center for Italian Studies and the Music Department of the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Institute for Music of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy.

Date: 12 November 2014 - 14 November 2014

John Florio: A Worlde of Wordes

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Thursday November 6 at 6pm, Hermann Haller will present his critical edition of John Florio's Italian-English dictionary, A Worlde of Wordes, in the wonderful setting of the Henry Charles Lea Library.

Date: 6 November 2014

Torneranno i prati

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To commemorate the 100th anniversay of World War I, the Center for Italian Studies and the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Italian Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia, RAI Cinema, Cinemaundici, and Ipotesi Cinema, present acclaimed Italian director Ermanno Olmi's new film, Torneranno i prati (2014).

Date: 4 November 2014

The Voice of Pistoletto

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Michelangelo Pistoletto returns to Penn with Italian journalist and Visiting Professor Alain Elkann to launch their book, The Voice of Pistoletto.

Date: 3 November 2014

The Orlando Furioso in 16th and 17th Century Pictorial Cycles

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October 30 at 5:30 in the Meyerson Conference Center - 223 Van Pelt Library, at 5:30pm, Federica Caneparo will present her new book, "Di molte figure adornato". L'Orlando Furioso nei cicli pittorici tra Cinque e Seicento ["Adorned with many pictures". The Orlando Furioso in 16th and 17th Century Pictorial Cycles]. The lecture will be held in English.

Date: 30 October 2014

Italian Books, Authors and Readers in the Digital Era

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Join us Wednesday 22 October, 4:30pm to celebrate the 14th World Week of the Italian Language, under the High Patronage of the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano. This year's theme is "Writing the New Europe: Italian Publishers, Authors and Readers in the Digital Era," from which our event draws its title. the theme will be discussed by faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students in the Italian Program who will introduce our audience to the great innovations brought on by the digital era to writing, reading, teaching, and learning.

Date: 22 October 2014

Italian Contributions to Knowledge

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Italian history seems animated by the desire to cross the borders of the peninsula and to establish Italianness within a global horizon, bringing it face to face with other societies and different local realities. From Marco Polo’s adventurous voyage to the heroic era of geographic discoveries, from Galileo’s cosmic exploration to the diaspora of the great migration, Italians continue to travel the world peacefully, carrying with them  the strength of their cultural traditions as well as Italian know-how, methods, and technologies.

Date: 18 October 2014

My Two Italies

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Joseph Luzzi, professor of Italian at Bard College, will present his book My Two Italies, which tells the story of his family's immigration from Italy and presents an insider's look at the turbulence of life in Italy today" ( Date: 14 October 2014

Salvatori Lecture

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Join us October 7 at 6pm in the Cherpack Seminar Room - 543 Williams Hall for "Culture, Climate, and Techniques in the Architecture of Renzo Piano", a Salvatori lecture by Ariel Genadt

Date: 7 October 2014