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Fabio Finotti and FILLM


Fabio Finotti has been named to the Editorial Board of the series FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures published by John Benjamins (Amsterdam and Philadelphia). The Fédération Internationale des Langues et Littératures Modernes (FILLM) is UNESCO’s ceiling organization for scholarship in the field of languages and literatures. The main purpose of the Federation is to foster dialogue among linguists and literary scholars from all over the world. 

DVMA's Digital Project Prize to Andrea Gazzoni!


Andrea Gazzoni is the recipient of the 2016 Digital Project Prize of the Delaware Valley Medieval Association (DVMA) for his project Mapping Dante, a digital layered map of the Commedia that offers the opportunity to explore Dante's world like never before. Take your own voyage through the geographical places mentioned in Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso at

Congratulations Andrea!

Teaching English in Italian Schools


Recent Italian Studies graduate Scott Altman is enjoying his experience teaching as an English language assistant in Mantova, Italy, with the SITE Internship Program. After a term in a Liceo Classico, Scott is now moving on to the Istituto Tecnico Mantegna. Check out their wonderful official welcome to Scott at Congratulazioni Scott!


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Upcoming Events

Patronage and Propaganda in Quattrocento Humanism: Francesco Filelfo for Duke and Pope

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Jeroen De Keyser, University of Leuven, will discuss Francesco Filelfo's propagandistic writings in his letters and in works from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Date: 28 March 2017

The Meaning of Philosophical Diagrams in Early Modern Books

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Josef Matula, Palacký University, will discuss the role of illustrations in early modern philosophical treatises.

Date: 5 April 2017

Italian, Latin, and Hebrew: Jewish Bankers' Multilingualism and Sociopolitical Space in 15th Century Tuscany

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Cedric Cohen Skalli, University of Haifa, will discuss the multilingualism and the social and political space of Jewish bankers' families in 15th century Tuscany.

Date: 6 April 2017

Witches and Fairies before and after Ariosto

Dosso Dossi, Circe and her lovers in a landscape
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On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, the Center for Italian Studies at University of Pennsylvania celebrates the poet with an international interdisciplinary conference to be held 13-14 April 2017 - In Italian and English.

Date: 13 April 2017 - 14 April 2017

No Respect: Two Views of Boccaccio (1932, 1946)

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David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania, will discuss two moments in time, just before and after World War II, when Boccaccio enjoyed much less respect than today as a European writer, and as an Italian immigrant.

Date: 19 April 2017

Recent Events

Like Arms and Armors: Jesuit Books and Libraries in Early Modernity

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Rescheduled! Now, 22 March

Natale Vacalebre will present his book "Come le armadure e l'armi". Per una storia delle antiche biblioteche della Compagnia di Gesù con il caso di Perugia [Like Arms and Armor. For a History of the ancient Libraries of the Society of Jesus with the case of Perugia] (Olschki 2016) in conversation with Prof. Ann Matter.

Date: 22 March 2017

An Aesthetics of Contingency: Postwar Rome, and the Margins of Modernism

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A lecture by Filippo Trentin, University of Pennsylvania, on the transposability of images. New time, 5pm!


Date: 28 February 2017