Recent Events

Welcome back! (10-noon, Williams 516)

Please join us for the annual Italian Welcome Back Reception on Monday, Aug. 28, from 10am to 12noon in Williams 516!

Date: 28 August 2017

2017 Italian Showcase and Vittorini Prize

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A celebration of undergraduate excellence in Italian featuring students' presentations and the Vittorini Prize ceremony.

Date: 24 April 2017

No Respect: Two Views of Boccaccio (1932, 1946)

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David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania, will discuss two moments in time, just before and after World War II, when Boccaccio enjoyed much less respect than today as a European writer, and as an Italian immigrant.

Date: 19 April 2017

Witches and Fairies before and after Ariosto

Dosso Dossi, Circe and her lovers in a landscape
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On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, the Center for Italian Studies at University of Pennsylvania celebrates the poet with an international interdisciplinary conference to be held 13-14 April 2017 - In Italian and English.

Date: 13 April 2017 - 14 April 2017

Italian, Latin, and Hebrew: Jewish Bankers' Multilingualism and Sociopolitical Space in 15th Century Tuscany

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Cedric Cohen Skalli, University of Haifa, will discuss the multilingualism and the social and political space of Jewish bankers' families in 15th century Tuscany.

Date: 6 April 2017

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