Recent Events

Opera Workshop: Gramophones, Sound Recording, and the New Languages of Music

Luca Cottini, Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at Villanova University will present a chapter from a book-in-progress that explores the social and cultural reception of gramophones and sound recording technologies in Italy, in the early 20th century.

Date: 30 January 2015

Early Women in Science

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A lecture by Meredith K. Ray, University of Delaware, to present her forthcoming book Daughters of Alchemy (I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History).

Date: 28 January 2015

Pound e Cavalcanti

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A lecture by Luca Badini Confalonieri, Università di Torino, on Ezra Pound and Guido Cavalcanti, whose poems he translated in Sonnets and Ballate of Guido Cavalcanti (1912) - in Italian. 

Date: 23 January 2015

New Authors of Italian Cinema

Join us at the International House of Philadelphia for the 2014 edition of New Authors 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

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

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To be rescheduled! 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

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