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Italian Studies Launches New Journal on Dante

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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.

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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

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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 "

Prof. Carlo Ginzburg Visits Penn and Italian Studies

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On Sept. 28, at the end of a wonderful week featuring his three Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography at the Kislak Center, distinguished historian Carlo Ginzburg (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa) was invited by Prof. Eva Del Soldato to meet with the graduate students in the doctoral program in Italian Studies, with whom he generously shared ideas and experiences. A memorable event for all involved!

Luna Sarti Publishes in JHIBlog

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Luna Sarti, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Italian Studies program and a Summer Fellow in the Penn Program for Environmental Humanities, has published "Systems of Water: Histories of a Cycle That Never Was" in the blog of the Journal of the History of Ideas.

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Upcoming Events

Masterpieces of Italian Literature @ Penn (mil@p)

Focus on Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince

In offering an unprecedented portrait of power, in which the more cunning and degenerate aspects of rulership are also taken into account, Machiavelli’s brief treatise stands out as a true foundational text of modern political thought. By departing from the previous tradition of political writings, Machiavelli describes politics as they actually are, rather than as they should be, thus paving the way to the modern notion of Realpolitik.

Date: 23 January 2019

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

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We are 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

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"

Abstract forthcoming

Date: 30 January 2019

Masterpieces of Italian Literature @ Penn (mil@p)

Focus on Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince

Date: 6 February 2019

Masterpieces of Italian Literature @ Penn (mil@p)

Focus on Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince

Date: 20 February 2019

Masterpieces of Italian Literature @ Penn (mil@p)

Focus on Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince

Date: 27 February 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 Ermanna Montanari with dramaturg 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

Masterpieces of Italian Literature @ Penn (mil@p)

Focus on Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince

Date: 13 March 2019

Colloquium: Beatrice Arduini on Convivio (Van Pelt)

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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.

Date: 15 March 2019

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

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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

Recent Events

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