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CILS Certificate of Italian as Foreign Language


New! A CILS Preparation Course will be offered on Wednesdays March 4-June 3, 6-8pm.

Click here for more information and to download the registration form for the CILS Preparation Course.

Penn-in-Venice: Applications in Full Swing!

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. 

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. Italian Studies and GSE have a deal for you! Read on.


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Upcoming Events

'Animae rationalis simulacrum': Plotinian Influences in Ficino's Account of the Imaginary Soul.

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A lecture by Anna Corrias, Princeton University

Date: 4 March 2015

Opera Workshop: Operetta Canon Formation and the Journey to Prestige

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Micaela Baranello, Swarthmore College, will discuss the operetta canon and examine the genre’s journey from the commercial theaters of nineteenth-century Paris and Vienna to the small group of works we find in the modern opera house. She will show that canon formation was a process begun long before operetta’s decline as a genre.

Date: 6 March 2015

Hippocratic, Aristotelian, and Vitruvian Winds in Sixteenth-century Italy

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A lecture by Craig Martin, Oakland University.

Date: 19 March 2015

Il giovane favoloso: Leopardi on Screen

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U.S. premiere of Il giovane favolosoAlessandra Mirra, University of Pennsylvania, will introduce the film with a short presentation of its subject, Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi, and his portrait by director Mario Martone. After the screening, Prof. Gaetana Marrone Puglia, Princeton University, will offer a technical analysis of the film and will discuss it with the public.

Date: 23 March 2015

Religious Identity in Venice from the Renaissance to Contemporary Cinema

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A seminar with Andrew Berns, "'Pro magna parte laboratores sive cultivatores agrorum et vinearum': Jews in the Venetian Stato da Mar", and Nicola Di Nino, "In Memory of MeA Spiritual Quest in a Secluded Venice".

Date: 26 March 2015

Past and Future under a Fascist Obelisk: Aurelio Amatucci's Codex fori Mussolini

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A lecture by Bettina Reitz Joose on Aurelio Amatucci's Codex fori Mussolini, University of Pennsylvania.

Date: 31 March 2015

Gender, Power, Translation: Cartographies of Early Italian Opera in Europe’s East

A lecture by Katharina Piechocki, Harvard University

Date: 2 April 2015

Philadelphia: The World War I Years

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A book presentation and lecture by Peter John Williams and Ed Lewis.

Date: 6 April 2015

Tutto parla di te: Difficult Maternity and Cinema

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A lecture by Stefania Benini on Alina Marazzi and women, mothers and daughters, in Italian cinema.

Date: 15 April 2015

Mind and imagination

A seminar by Riccardo Viale on "Brain Driven Bounded Creativity", bridging the humanities and neuroscience. A discussion will follow on the what the humanities can contribute to research in neuroscience.

Date: 17 April 2015

Recent Events

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.

NEW! It is now possible to connect to the seminar remotely through BlueJeans. Space is limited please register as soon as possible.

Read on for a detailed program and the registration forms.


Date: 27 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