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

Federica Francesconi on Books and Censorship in 17th-cent. Jewish Culture (Cherpack)

Federica Francesconi (SUNY, Albany), who is currently a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, will deliver a talk entitled "Books and Readers in the Early-Modern Italian Jewish Home." The talk is closely related to her forthcoming book Invisible Enlighteners: Modenese Jewry from Renaissance to Emancipation (University of Pennsylvania Press).

Date: 7 November 2019

Hans Cools (Brueghel Visiting Professor at Penn) on Italians in Early Modern Amsterdam (Cherpack)

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We are delighted to welcome Prof. Hans Cools as Visiting Brueghel Professor at Penn for 2019-’20 from the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven (Belgium)! Prof. Cools, who was a researcher at the European University Institute in Florence and completed his doctorate at the University of Amsterdam, is a distinguished historian of early-modern Europe, with a strong interest for Italy. 

His talk is entitled:

"Communities of Strangers. Italian merchants in 17th century Amsterdam"

(see abstract below)

Date: 24 October 2019

Lawrence Venuti on Translation Studies (various venues)

Prof. Lawrence Venuti to speak at three Penn events!

The visit is co-sponsored by the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, the Center for Italian Studies, the Department of English, and the Department of Classical Studies.

Professor Lawrence Venuti, translator/translation theorist, Temple University, English Department, is scheduled for three events at Penn on Wednesday, October 23rd.

Date: 23 October 2019

Paola Viganò on Urbanism and Society (Fisher Fine Arts Library)

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What are the principles and the aesthetics guiding the design of our cities today? What are the ideals behind urbanists’ responses to pressing questions on the responsible use of resources, respect for the environment and planning collective living and multi-culturalism?

"Urbanism and Society"

A talk by Prof. Paola Viganò, who will be discussing the breakthrough work of her studio throughout Europe.

The talk takes place on Oct. 4 at 5:30 in the Kleinman Center in Fisher Fine Arts Library (note change of location).

Date: 4 October 2019

Fabrizio Lelli, SIMS/Katz fellow lecture (Kislak)

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Thanks to our friends at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (part of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts) and at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies we are delighted to welcome back Prof. Fabrizio Lelli (Univ. del Salento) at Penn for a lecture on a fascinating 16th-century geographical treatise preserved in our library. The event takes place on Tuesday Sep. 10 at 5:15 in the Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center and it's sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Penn.

Date: 10 September 2019

Colloquium: David Wallace on Dante's Lives (Cherpack)

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David Wallace, Judith Rodin Professor of English at Penn and President of the Medieval Society of America, will conclude the event series for the academic year with a talk entitled Lives of Dante: Why Now?

Date: 25 April 2019

Vittorini Awards for Excellence in Italian (516 Williams)

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You are cordially invited to the 2019 Vittorini Awards Celebration!

Monday, April 22nd, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Room 516 Williams Hall


The America-Italy Society of Philadelphia

The Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

Italian Studies & The Department of Romance Languages








Welcome from Italian Studies

Mauro Calcagno, Director of The Center for Italian Studies

Eva Del Soldato, Graduate Chair

Date: 22 April 2019