Recent Events

Opera Workshop: Early Twentieth-Century Opera and the New Cinematic Medium

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Christin Thomas, Yale University, will discuss the response of the early twentieth-century opratic world to the rise of the new cinematic medium.

Date: 1 May 2015

Philadelphia: The World War I Years

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A book presentation and lecture by Peter John Williams. Read on or visit for a preview.

Date: 23 April 2015

Vittorini Prize and Italian Showcase

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A celebration of Italian Undergraduate Excellence in lasting tribute to Professor Domenico Vittorini organized in collaboration with the America Italy Society of Philadelphia and the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia. Read on for the full program.

Date: 21 April 2015

Mind and imagination: Brain Driven Bounded Creativity

Michelangelo Creation of Adam

A seminar by Riccardo Viale, Professor of Methodology of Social Science at the Università di Milano - Bicocca, on "Brain Driven Bounded Creativity", bridging the humanities and neuroscience. A discussion on what the humanities can contribute to research in neuroscience will follow with the participation of Martha Farah, Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences and Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Society.

Date: 17 April 2015

Tutto parla di te: Difficult Maternity and Cinema

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A lecture by Stefania Benini, Lauro De Bosis Fellow - Harvard University, on Alina Marazzi and women, mothers and daughters, in Italian cinema. The lecture will be held in Italian.

Date: 15 April 2015

Opera Workshop: From "musica reservata" to Early Opera: Memoria, Pronunciatio and the Art of Singing from Memory

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Stefano Lorenzetti, Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, will discuss the development of the rhetorical elements of opera in the early seventeenth century.

Date: 10 April 2015

Gender, Power, Translation: Cartographies of Early Italian Opera in Europe’s East

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The lecture by Katharina Piechocki, Harvard University, is CANCELLED. It will be rescheduled for the fall.

Date: 2 April 2015

Past and Future under a Fascist Obelisk: Aurelio Amatucci's Codex fori Mussolini

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A lecture by Bettina Reitz Joose on Aurelio Amatucci's Codex fori Mussolini, University of Pennsylvania. New time and place, now March 30 in Van Pelt, Class of '55!

Date: 30 March 2015

Religious Identity in Venice from the Renaissance to Contemporary Cinema

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A seminar with Andrew Berns, "'Pro magna parte laboratores sive cultivatores agrorum et vinearum': Jews in the Venetian Stato da Mar", and Nicola Di Nino, "In Memory of MeA Spiritual Quest in a Secluded Venice".

Date: 26 March 2015

Il giovane favoloso: Leopardi on Screen

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U.S. premiere of Il giovane favolosoAlessandra Mirra, University of Pennsylvania, will introduce the film with a short presentation of its subject, Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi, and his portrait by director Mario Martone. After the screening, Prof. Gaetana Marrone Puglia, Princeton University, will offer a technical analysis of the film and will discuss it with the public.

Date: 23 March 2015