Colloquium: "Visualizing Fascism" by Ruth Ben-Ghiat (Cherpack)

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Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University, is an award-winning author and political commentator on fascism, authoritarian leadership, and propaganda, offering historically informed analyses of current events in regular columns for and the Washington Post, and on radio, podcasts, and television. This semester she is a resident scholar at the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication.

Date: 18 April 2019

Colloquium: William Connell on Machiavelli (Van Pelt 625)

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We are delighted to welcome Professor William Connell, the Joseph and Geraldine La Motta Chair in Italian Studies at Seton Hall University. A specialist in Italian and Italian American History, and European history in general (with particular concentrations in medieval and Renaissance intellectual history, humanism, social history and statebuilding), Prof.

Date: 10 April 2019

Colloquium: Massimo Ciavolella on Erotomania, Melancholy, and Nostalgia in Renaissance Culture (Van Pelt 625)

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Massimo Ciavolella, Professor of Italian Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, will give a talk entitled:

“To Heal the Body, to Persuade the Mind: the Relationship between Erotomania, Melancholy, and Nostalgia in Renaissance Culture” 

Date: 21 March 2019

Colloquium: Beatrice Arduini on Convivio (Van Pelt 625)

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Join us for a talk by Beatrice Arduini, Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of French and Italian Studies of the University of Washington, entitled "Dante's Convivio: The Creation of a Cultural Icon." The talk takes place in the Kislak Center on the sixth floor of Van Pelt library, room 625.

Date: 14 March 2019

Live Performance: Staging Dante Today, by Teatro delle Albe (Annenberg)

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The Center for Italian Studies and the Italian Studies Section of the Department of Romance Languages are happy to announce a three-day residency (2/27 - 3/1) of distinguished actress and author Ermanna Montanari with dramaturg and director Marco Martinelli, founders of the experimental theatre company Teatro delle Albe in Ravenna! They will participate in classes and hold meetings with students and faculty.

Date: 28 February 2019

Colloquium: Eva Del Soldato speaks at Classics! (at 4:30 in 402 Cohen Hall)

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Please join us for a talk of our own Eva Del Soldato entitled:

"Comparing Philosophers, Comparing Authorities: Plato and Aristotle in Early Modern Universities"

It takes place on Thursday February 7 at 4:30 in the Department of Classical Studies, 402 Cohen Hall.

Here's an abstract:

Date: 7 February 2019

Former Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at PWH

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Please join for

The Future of Italy and the European Union

with President Paolo Gentiloni, former Prime Minister of Italy and Perry World House Distinguished Global Leader In-Residence.

Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 4:30, Perry World House.

Keynote remarks will be followed by a moderated conversation with William Burke-White, Inaugural Director of Perry World House.

Date: 4 February 2019

Colloquium: John David Rhodes for Cinema Studies (FB 330, 12pm)

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Join us for this talk by Italian film studies scholar John David Rhodes, from the University of Cambridge, as part of the colloquia series of the Cinema Studies Program at Penn (CIS co-sponsorship). The talk takes place in 330 Fisher-Bennett Hall.

The title is:

"The Prop and its Properties"


Date: 30 January 2019

Colloquium: Rhiannon Daniels (SIMS/Italian Studies Fellow) on Decameron in the Renaissance (Van Pelt)

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The Italian Studies Section is pleased to announce that Rhiannon Daniels, Senior Lecturer in Italian in the School of Modern Languages of the University of Bristol, is the inaugural fellow of the new SIMS/Italian Studies Fellowship.

Date: 24 January 2019

Stay tuned for the spring semester events calendar!

To start circulating on December 20th and be uploaded throughout the first two weeks of January.

Date: 10 December 2018