Isabella Szpigiel C'19 in Ravenna!


Isabella Szpigiel, who earned this summer her B.A. in Psychology and the Minors in Theatre Arts and Consumer Psychology (attending last spring ITAL180, Italian Conversation), travelled to Italy in June and July thanks to the Amici Prize 2019, awarded by the Center for Italian Studies. Enjoy her wonderful report here!

Mario Sassi Awarded Newberry Fellowship

Ph.D. student Mario Sassi received a fellowship to attend the 2019 Mellon Summer Institute for Italian Paleography at the Newberry Library in Chicago. He will participate in the three-week institute, which offers intensive training in the reading and transcription of handwritten Italian vernacular texts from the late medieval through the early modern periods.

Luna Sarti, Dean's Scholar!


Congratulations to Luna Sarti, Ph.D. Candidate in Italian Studies, for being selected as a 2019 Penn Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar. This prestigious award is given to nine SAS graduate students per year "who exhibit exceptional academic performance and intellectual promise." It's a richly deserved honor!

Graduate Students Meet in Reading Group Mil@p - First Meeting: Wed. Oct. 2 @5pm in Van Pelt 625


MIL@P is a graduate student-run organization that welcomes all graduate students from any department and background. We particularly encourage those from history, political science, cultural studies, economics, romance languages, philosophy, and law, but all are welcome.

Italian Studies Launches New Journal on Dante


Published online with the support of the Penn Libraries, Bibliotheca Dantesca is the result of a collaboration among the students of Penn’s Italian Studies doctoral program, its faculty, and the Center for Italian Studies.

Italian Studies @ Penn

Italian Studies at Penn embraces research and teaching concerning agents, people and institutions--with related linguistic, intellectual and artistic objects and media--mostly originating from Italian-speaking geographical areas and featuring relationships with the Italian language, its dialects, and the Latinate tradition, from the Medieval period to today.  

Italian Studies considers itself as both autonomous and in relationship with a constellation of other disciplines and scholars located in a variety of Penn departments (esp. within Romance Languages, but also in English, Classical Studies, History, Music, History of Art, and Political Science among others), programs (e.g., Cinema and Media Studies, Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies, Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies), centers (e.g., Gender Sexuality & Women, Africana Studies, Wolf Humanities), schools (e.g., Wharton, Design), and libraries (esp. the Kislak Center). 

Research and teaching areas currently developed by the Italian Studies Unit, in collaboration with the Center for Italian Studies, include the tre corone (Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio), the Renaissance and early modern periods, book and manuscript studies, performance and media studies, and migration issues.

Please find here a description of our graduate program, and here one of our undergraduate degree.