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Penn Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity

The University is currently receiving applications for its three-year Post-Doctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity. The application deadline is September 30, 2014, with fellowships starting July 1, 2015.

For full details, visit the page of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research,

CILS Certificate of Italian as Foreign Language


Get your Diploma CILS (Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language) at Penn! Put you Italian to practical use! Under an agreement between the University of Pennsylvania and the University for Foreigners in Siena, Italy, the CILS (Certificate of Italian as

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.


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Upcoming Events

To Forgive and to Forgive Oneself

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September 30 at 5:30 in the Cherpack Seminar Room - 543 Williams Hall, Carla Locatelli will lecture on the philosophy of forgiveness in Canne al Vento [Reeds in the Wind] by Grazia Deledda, 1938 Nobel Prize for Literature: To Forgive and to Forgive Onself in Grazia Deledda's Canne al vento.

Date: 30 September 2014

Salvatori Lecture

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Join us October 7 at 6pm in the Cherpack Seminar Room - 543 Williams Hall for "Culture, Climate, and Techniques in the Architecture of Renzo Piano", a Salvatori lecture by Ariel Genadt

Date: 7 October 2014

My Two Italies

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Joseph Luzzi, professor of Italian at Bard College, will present his book My Two Italies, which tells the story of his family's immigration from Italy and presents an insider's look at the turbulence of life in Italy today" ( Date: 14 October 2014

Italian Contributions to Knowledge

Italian history seems animated by the desire to cross the borders of the peninsula and to establish Italianness within a global horizon, bringing it face to face with other societies and different local realities. From Marco Polo’s adventurous voyage to the heroic era of geographic discoveries, from Galileo’s cosmic exploration to the diaspora of the great migration, Italians continue to travel the world peacefully, carrying with them  the strength of their cultural traditions as well as Italian know-how, methods, and technologies.

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Date: 18 October 2014

Italian Books, Authors and Readers in the Digital Era

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Join us Wednesday 22 October, 4:30pm to celebrate the 14th World Week of the Italian Language. This year's theme is "Writing the New Europe: Italian Publishers, Authors and Readers in the Digital Era," from which our event draws its title. the theme will be discussed by faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students in the Italian Program who will introduce our audience to the great innovations brought on by the digital era to writing, reading, teaching, and learning.

Date: 22 October 2014

The Orlando Furioso in 16th and 17th Century Pictorial Cycles

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October 30 at 5:30 in the Meyerson Conference Center - 223 Van Pelt Library, at 5:30pm, Federica Caneparo will present her new book, "Di molte figure adornato". L'Orlando Furioso nei cicli pittorici tra Cinque e Seicento ["Adorned with many pictures". The Orlando Furioso in 16th and 17th Century Pictorial Cycles]. The lecture will be held in English.

Date: 30 October 2014

John Florio: A Worlde of Wordes

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Hermann Haller will present his critical edition of John Florio's Italian-English dictionary, A Worlde of Wordes.

Date: 6 November 2014

The Power of Affections: An International Conference

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The Power of Affections: Poetry, Music, and Spectacle in Seventeenth-Century Italian Opera Librettos

Philadelphia, 13-14 November 2014


An international conference organized by the Center for Italian Studies and the Music Department of the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Institute for Music of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy.

Date: 12 November 2014 - 14 November 2014

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