The Meaning of Philosophical Diagrams in Early Modern Books

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Josef Matula, Palacký University, will discuss the role of illustrations in early modern philosophical treatises.

Date: 5 April 2017

Patronage and Propaganda in Quattrocento Humanism: Francesco Filelfo for Duke and Pope

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Jeroen De Keyser, University of Leuven, will discuss Francesco Filelfo's propagandistic writings in his letters and in works from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Date: 28 March 2017

Like Arms and Armors: Jesuit Books and Libraries in Early Modernity

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Rescheduled! Now, 22 March

Natale Vacalebre will present his book "Come le armadure e l'armi". Per una storia delle antiche biblioteche della Compagnia di Gesù con il caso di Perugia [Like Arms and Armor. For a History of the ancient Libraries of the Society of Jesus with the case of Perugia] (Olschki 2016) in conversation with Prof. Ann Matter.

Date: 22 March 2017

An Aesthetics of Contingency: Postwar Rome, and the Margins of Modernism

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A lecture by Filippo Trentin, University of Pennsylvania, on the transposability of images. New time, 5pm!


Date: 28 February 2017

Performing Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea Today

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On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi's birth (1567), Italian conductor and harpsychordist Rinaldo Alessandrini will discuss aspects of "Performing Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea Today".

Date: 22 February 2017

Giovanni Boccaccio’s Teseida: Composition, Circulation, Reception

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Marco Aresu, Wesleyan University, will discuss Giovanni Boccaccio's autograph of the Teseida in relation to two important exemplars of the poem at UPenn and Cambridge.

Date: 16 February 2017


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Director Luca Vullo will present INFLUX, his documentary on Italians in London in Brexit times. The film is a contender to the 2017 David di Donatello Prize of the Accademia del Cinema Italiano, in the documentary category.

Date: 18 January 2017

New Italian Cinema 2016

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A free-admission film festival organized by the Cinema and Media Studies Program and the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia, PI-Philly Italian Professionals in Philadelphia, and the International House of Philadelphia.
Date: 1 December 2016 - 4 December 2016

The South is a True Paradise

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An evening of storytelling from Sicily and Calabria to Philadelphia with Italian poet and singer-songwriter Peppe Voltarelli.

Date: 30 November 2016