Recent Events

Penn-in-Venice Reunion Dinner

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Thursday 25 September 2014, 6pm, Frank Pellicone, Dean of Harrison College house, will host a Penn-in-Venice reunion dinner. We will share wonderful memories of past summer programs in Venice and launch the new program for summer 2015. Join past participants and faculty for some great food, music and a slide show of the past programs's best moments.

Date: 25 September 2014

Italian Through Music: A Pedagogical Seminar

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We will announce the new date shortly

Do you teach Italian? Do you love music? Join us September 20, 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: 20 September 2014

Printer, Translator, Philosopher, Spy

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September 15 at 5:15pm in the Class of 1978 Pavilion - Kislak Center of Van Pelt Library, Eva del Soldato will lecture on Antonio Brucioli, the subject of her current book project, for the Seminar in the History of Material Texts:  Printer, translator, philosopher, spy: the world of Antonio Brucioli (1498-1566). Not to be missed!

Date: 15 September 2014

HAIKU {The Humanities and the Arts in the Integrated Knowledge University}

The Center for Italian Studies is a proud sponsor of HAIKU {The Humanities and the Arts in the Integrated Knowledge University}, at the University of Pennsylvania September 12-13, 2014. The conference will explore the future of the humanities in the creative research university (like Penn) through a variety of multi-disciplinary discussions and performances. For all information on the conference click HAIKU.

Date: 12 September 2014 - 13 September 2014

The Myth of the Great War: An International Conference

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An international interdisciplinary conference on "The Myth of the Great War - World War I: Myth and Reality" will be hosted in Philadelphia by the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, April 24-25, 2014, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Date: 24 April 2014 - 25 April 2014

Vittorini Prize Ceremony

College Palooza 2013

Join us for the yearly Vittorini Prize Ceremony to celebrate undergraduate excellence in the study of Italian language an culture, at Penn and beyond.

Date: 22 April 2014

Salvatori Lecture

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"Operation and Repertoire: The Textuality of Commedia dell'Arte Scenarios", a Salvatori Lecture by Andrea Gazzoni. 

Date: 16 April 2014

Viva la libertà

Italian Director Roberto Andò presents his latest film, Viva la libertà (2013). This event is free and open to the public.

Date: 7 April 2014

Arabic Travelers in Norman Sicily

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Alfonso Campisi, Université de La Manouba, will present his book
Voyageurs arabes en Sicile normande (Ed. MC, 2013). The presentation will be in Italian but an outline in English will be available to non-Italian speakers.

Date: 2 April 2014

Jewish Writers in Post-Unification Italy: the Formation of a National Culture

Enrico Castelnuovo 1839-1915

Gabriella Romani - Seton Hall University - will speak about the role of  Jewish authors in post-Unification Italy who greatly influenced the formation of the Italian national culture and opened the way to the great writers of the twentieth century, such as, Svevo, Moravia, and Bassani.

Date: 31 March 2014