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

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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.

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

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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 "

Prof. Carlo Ginzburg Visits Penn and Italian Studies

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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!

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Academic Programs in Italian Studies

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The University of Pennsylvania, strong in its interdisciplinary and international dimensions, supports a flourishing Italian Studies Program for Undergraduates. The Program's distinctive configuration reflects our setting on the Penn campus and in the heart of Philadelphia. Students can choose a traditional concentration in language and literature or shape more individualized curriculums that connect to sister programs.

Italian Studies @ Penn

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

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 (e.g., English, Classical Studies, History, Music, History of Art, Political Science, other Languages and Literatures), 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), and the Penn Libraries. 

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 immigration.