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.

CIS and Department Host Seminar on State of Italian Studies in the U.S.


On Saturday Nov. 10, The Center for Italian Studies and the Italian Studies Department held the seminar "Italian Studies in American Higher Education Today," as part of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Center and as a professionalizing experience for the graduate students in the Ph.D. program.

Prof. Carlo Ginzburg Visits Penn and Italian Studies


On Sept. 28, at the end of a wonderful week featuring his three Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography at the Kislak Center, distinguished historian Carlo Ginzburg (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa) was invited by Prof. Eva Del Soldato to meet with the graduate students in the doctoral program in Italian Studies, with whom he generously shared ideas and experiences. A memorable event for all involved!

Dr. Veneziano Broccia Publishes Article on Penn's Italian Language Program


The Director of our Italian Language Program (and Undergraduate Chair of Italian Studies) Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia has published "Intermediate Italian as a Bridge to Many Bridges" (see here pp. 80-107), as a contribution to a special issue of the refereed online publication Teaching Italian Language and Culture Annual (TILCA) entitled "

Italian Studies @ Penn

Italian Studies at Penn embraces research and teaching concerning agents and subjects (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.