News and Events


PPEH Fellowship to Luna Sarti!


Third-year graduate student Luna Sarti has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities for 2017-18. Luna's project as Graduate Research Fellow will focus on Italian rivers.

Mauro Calcagno Director of the Center for Italian Studies


The School of Arts & Sciences has appointed Associate Professor Mauro Calcagno as Director of the Center for Italian Studies. Prof. Calcagno, who joined Penn in 2014, received his training in Humanities and Philosophy at the University of Rome, in Piano at the Conservatory S. Cecilia, and in Musicology at Yale.

Penfield Fellowship 2017-2018


We are happy to announce that the Penfield Dissertation Research Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year has been awarded to Vanessa Di Maggio. Vanessa is working on a dissertation that explores Dante and History. Congratulations, Vanessa, and a propitiatory toast to your dissertation research!

2017 Huntsman Faculty Award to Eva Del Soldato


Eva Del Soldato received the 2017 Huntsman Program Faculty Award for Language Professors at the Huntsman Program Senior Graduation Dinner, last Friday April 28. Traditionally, the Huntsman Faculty Award recipients are first nominated by students (across all four years) and then voted on by graduating seniors. This is a great recognition of professor Del Soldato's teaching. Congratulations!

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

Welcome back! (10-noon, WH516)

Please join us for the annual Italian Welcome Back Reception on Monday, Aug. 28, from 10am to 12noon in WH516!

Date: 28 August 2017


Date: 1 September 2017

Gothic States: 29-31 March 2018

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An international interdisciplinary conference on "Gothic States" in literature, cinema, and across the arts will be hosted by the Center for Italian Studies and the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania 29-31 March 2018.

Date: 29 March 2018 - 31 March 2018

Recent Events

2017 Italian Showcase and Vittorini Prize

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A celebration of undergraduate excellence in Italian featuring students' presentations and the Vittorini Prize ceremony.

Date: 24 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