Recent Events

'Animae rationalis simulacrum': Plotinian Influences in Ficino's Account of the Imaginary Soul.

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A lecture by Anna Corrias, Princeton University

Date: 4 March 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.

NEW! It is now possible to connect to the seminar remotely through BlueJeans. Space is limited please register as soon as possible.

Read on for a detailed program and the registration forms.


Date: 27 February 2015

Italian Madrigals on Tablet: The Marenzio Online Digital Edition (MODE)

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The Music Department, the Center for Italian Studies, and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, present the digital edition of the secular music of Luca Marenzio (1553-1559), one of the most important composers of the European Renaissance who set to music poetry by Petrarch, Tasso, Bembo, Sannazaro, and others.

Date: 25 February 2015

Marina Spada: Poetry that Look at Me

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Italian filmaker Marina Spada will discuss women in Italian cinema and her own work starting form her 2009 documentary, Poesia che mi guardi [Poetry that Look at Me], on poet Antonia Pozzi. The event is organized in collaboration with Cinema Studies and Stefania Benini (Harvard). Claudia Consolati (UPenn Italian and Cinema Studies) will moderate the discussion.

Date: 19 February 2015

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. Plenary speakers will include the poet's son, Gianni Luzi, in addition to Alain Elkann, Fabio Finotti, Massimo Gennari, Ernesto Livorni, Marco Marchi, and Silvio Ramat.


Date: 13 February 2015 - 14 February 2015

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