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Luna Sarti, Dean's Scholar!


Congratulations to Luna Sarti, Ph.D. Candidate in Italian Studies, for being selected as a 2019 Penn Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar. This prestigious award is given to nine SAS graduate students per year "who exhibit exceptional academic performance and intellectual promise." It's a richly deserved honor!

Graduate Students Meet in Reading Group Mil@p

MIL@P is a graduate student-run organization that welcomes all graduate students from any department and background. This semester the group focuses on Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince. The meetings take place in Van Pelt 625 on Wednesdays from 6 to 7. This semester mil@p meets on: February 6, 20, 27, on March 13 and 27, and on April 3.

Italian Studies Launches New Journal on Dante


Published online with the support of the Penn Libraries, Bibliotheca Dantesca is the result of a collaboration among the students of Penn’s Italian Studies doctoral program, its faculty, and the Center for Italian Studies.

CIS and Department Host Seminar on State of Italian Studies in the U.S.


On Saturday Nov. 10, The Center for Italian Studies and the Italian Studies Department held the seminar "Italian Studies in American Higher Education Today," as part of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Center and as a professionalizing experience for the graduate students in the Ph.D. program.

Dr. Veneziano Broccia Publishes Article on Penn's Italian Language Program


The Director of our Italian Language Program (and Undergraduate Chair of Italian Studies) Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia has published "Intermediate Italian as a Bridge to Many Bridges" (see here pp. 80-107), as a contribution to a special issue of the refereed online publication Teaching Italian Language and Culture Annual (TILCA) entitled "


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Upcoming Events

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: 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

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: "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 Riskat the Annenberg School for Communication.

Date: 18 April 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

Recent Events

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