Recent Events

Colloquium: Giancarlo Lombardi (Cherpack)

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The Colloquium series welcomes Prof. Giancarlo Lombardi (City University of New York) who this semester is Visiting Professor in Italian Studies here at Penn. Prof.

Date: 19 March 2018

Colloquium: Andrea Leone Pizzighella (Cherpack)

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Ph.D. candidate Andrea Leone Pizzighella (Graduate School of Education) will share with us her fascinating research conducted in Italy thanks to a Salvatori Research Award assigned by the Center for Italian Studies in 2016-17. Her talk is entitled: "L'interrogazione and the Linguistics of Academic Performance in Italian Secondary Schools."

Here's an abstract of her paper:

Date: 15 March 2018

Italian Election Roundtable (Perry World House)

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What happened? Why did it happen? How will this impact the E.U.? The refugee crisis? Italy overall? Join us for this post-mortem on the Italian election at the World Forum of the Perry World House. Panelists: 

Mauro Calcagno, Director, Center for Italian Studies

Alessandro Dovis, Assistant Professor of Economics at Penn

Date: 12 March 2018

Colloquium: Jonathan Combs-Schilling (Cherpack)

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We welcome Jonathan Combs-Schilling (Ohio State University) who will speak about on Petrarch's Bucolicum Carmen. His talk is entitled: "Playing the Professor: The Questio, the Eclogues, and Dante’s Late Voice."

Date: 22 February 2018

Colloquium: Marcella Marongiu (Kislak)

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In conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum's exhibit on Michelangelo, we are excited to welcome Dr.

Date: 15 February 2018

Screening and conversation: "Sacred Mountains" (Music Building)

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This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program's Kutchin Seminar Series.

Date: 9 February 2018

Screening with introduction: The Venice Syndrome (Penn Museum)

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For the series “Second Sundays Cultural Films,” the Penn Museum and the Center for Italian Studies present:


Director: Andreas Pichler (2012)

Introduction: Peter Lesnik (Ph.D. Candidate, Italian and Cinema Studies).

Ancient cities and time travel: The future of a long dying city and its very much alive citizens. What is the cost of tourism and gentrification on the world’s heritage cities?

Presented in Association with the Wolf Humanities Center’s 2017-18 Forum on Afterlives

Date: 14 January 2018

Book launch! (Williams 440)

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The Italian Section is delighted to invite you to the book launch of the volume

City, Court, Academy: Language Choice in Early Modern Italy (Routledge 2017) 

which will be discussed by co-editors Eva Del Soldato (UPenn) and Andrea Rizzi (University of Melbourne).

For more details on the volume, please see here

Date: 12 December 2017

Italian Film Festival

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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 and PI-Philly Italian Professionals in Philadelphia, present the 2017 edition of NEW ITALIAN CINEMA. The festival has been curated by Nicola M.

Date: 1 December 2017 - 3 December 2017

Screening and Conversation (Cherpack)

Monteverdi/Gibbons: Il Combattimento, Romeo Castellucci, 2000, photo L. del Pia

Piersandra Di Matteo and Mauro Calcagno discuss the version of Claudio Monteverdi’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (text by Tasso) first presented at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Bruxelles in 2001 by today’s renown experimental theater and opera director Date: 21 November 2017