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Penn-in-Venice: Time to Apply!

Carlo Goldoni

Don't miss the opportunity to study the Italian language and culture, history and art history, living and breathing Italian life in one of the most magical cities in the world. Applications to Penn-in-Venice 2015 are now open and can be accessed here. The program, which will run from May 30 to July 11, was created for Penn students but is open also to applicants from other universities. 

Opera Workshop

The Center for Italian Studies and the Music Department announce a series of informal lecture/discussions on opera organized by Mauro Calcagno (Associate Professor of Music History and Italian Studies) and Lily Kass (Ph.D. candidate in Music History).

FIGS - The French Italian Graduate Society


Among the many resources that make life at Penn richer and more interesting, the French Italian Graduate Society is a student-run organization that represents graduate students in French and Italian. FIGS plans monthly meetings on topics of shared professional and academic interest, and organizes the annual FIGS Conference. Would you like to join them? Keep informed of their activities? Click here for contacts.

Thinking of teaching English abroad? Italian in the US?

If you think you may be interested in pursuing a career in education, and specifically in teaching English as a foreign language around the globe or teaching Italian in the US. We have a deal for you. 


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Upcoming Events

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

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

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 Fabio Finotti, Massimo Gennari, Ernesto Livorni, Marco Marchi, and others.


Date: 13 February 2015 - 14 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.

Date: 19 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

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

Read on for a detailed program and the registration form.


Date: 27 February 2015

Recent Events

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