Upcoming Events

Lawrence Principe on Medieval Alchemy (Van Pelt, Class of 55, 2nd floor)

The talk, co-sponsored by the Global Medieval and Renaissance Program, is entitled 
"Mira Ingenia: Chymical Processes, Religious Metaphor, and the Alchemical Restoration of Christendom?"


Date: 13 February 2020

Ayana Smith on 18th-Century Italian Opera (Music Building)

The Center for Italian Studies and the Italian Studies Unit, in collaboration with Department of Music, are excited to host a talk by Associate Professor of Musicology 

Ayana Smith 

Date: 18 February 2020

Maddalena Signorini, SIMS Fellow (Kislak), on Petrarch

Maddalena Signorini is the second SIMS-Italian Studies Fellow in Italian Manuscript Studies. The fellowship is sponsored by the Center for Italian Studies, the Italian Studies section of the Department of Romance Languages, and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies. The recipient spends one week at Penn working on manuscript material from the library’s collections of rare books and manuscripts, offering, in exchange, a graduate-student workshop and a lecture on the research conducted while in residence.

Date: 27 February 2020

Anna Corrias on Renaissance Philosophy (Kislak)

In co-sponsorship with the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Anna Corrias (Toronto), a SIMS Visiting Research Fellow, will deliver a talk entitled "Riddles and Puzzles": Pythagoras in the Italian Quattrocento." 

Please note this event will be on Wednesday!

Date: 4 March 2020

Carlo Ginzburg's Residency

We're thrilled to announce that distinguished historian Carlo Ginzburg Date: 30 March 2020

Jürgen Müller on Caravaggio (Art History)

Jürgen Müller (Technische Universität Dresden) on Caravaggio's "Boy Bitten by a Lizard" (co-sponsored with History of Art, thanks to Shira Brisman)

Date: 1 April 2020

Multimedia concert "Island of Peoples" (Fisher-Bennett Hall)

[event image]

Island of Peoples is a multimedia concert based on stories of immigrants coming to the United States and draws inspiration and material from the stories of the Ellis Island Oral Histories, a project of the Ellis Island Museum, that preserves and collect interviews of US immigrants who went through Ellis Island between 1900 and 1954. The concert includes original material obtained directly from actual immigrant interviews.

Date: 27 April 2020