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

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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

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

Carlo Ginzburg's Residency

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

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

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

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

Millicent Marcus, on Paolo Sorrentino's La grande bellezza. A talk in honor of Robert Cargni (Fisher Bennett 401)

The Romance Languages Department, in co-sponsorship with Cinema Studies and the Wolf Humanities Center, is delighted to announce a talk by professor Millicent Marcus (Yale), in honor of Robert Cargni and his invaluable contribution to the life of our department. 

Prof. Marcus will deliver a talk entitled "What Lies Hidden Beneath the 'Blah Blah Blah': Paolo Sorrentino's La grande bellezza."

Date: 3 December 2019

Laura Protano-Biggs on the Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Music Building 101)

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We are excited to host a talk by Prof. Laura Protano-Biggs, who teaches at the Peabody Institute (Johns Hopkins University) and is visiting professor at Penn (Music Department) this semester!

Her paper is entitled: 

Pure Sound: Architectural Acoustics and Lowered Orchestras

Date: 26 November 2019

Taije Silverman and Marina Johnston on Pascoli in Translation (Penn Book Center)

We're very pleased to co-sponsor an event taking place at the beloved Penn Book Center! Esteemed colleagues Dr. Marina Della Putta Johnston, well-known in our Department for her teaching activities and for having served as Associate Director of the Center for Italian Studies, and Dr. Taije Silverman, who teaches poetry and literary translation in the English Department and is the author of the poetry collection "Houses Are Fields," will present:

Date: 21 November 2019