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 the Tiber river, the Arno river, and the Venice lagoon.

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

Screening and Conversation (Cherpack)

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"Dancing with the Past: Ingmar Bergman and Donya Feuer’s version of Claudio Monteverdi’s Ballo delle ingrate (1976)."

Date: 2 November 2017

SIMS + CIS Colloquium (Van Pelt)

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies and the Center for Italian Studies are pleased to present Dr. Stefano Dall'Aglio (Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Leeds and SIMS Fellow).

Date: 16 November 2017

Recent Events

Italian Studies Colloquium (Williams)

The Italian Section of the Department of Romance Languages presents Prof. Kristina Marie Olson, Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University. Her paper is entitled "Sartorial Poetics: Clothing and Politics in Dante and Boccaccio." The talk takes place in 543 Williams Hall (Cherpack Seminar Room) on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 5:30. 

Date: 19 October 2017

Welcome back! (10-noon, Williams 516)

Please join us for the annual Italian Welcome Back Reception on Monday, Aug. 28, from 10am to 12noon in Williams 516!

Date: 28 August 2017